(Students with a community service assignment from school, please see options on our Short-Term Student Volunteer page here.)

Volunteer time and talents are an asset to the Idaho Humane Society, and there are many ways you can make a difference. You may wish to work directly with the animals at our shelter or prefer to get involved with other important aspects of our shelter’s operations.

Here are some of the many areas in which volunteers can help:

  • Administration
  • Adoption
  • Animal socializing
  • Recycling team
  • Foster care
  • Off-site adoptions
  • Spay/neuter clinic
  • Pet Food Pantry
  • Education
  • Customer service
  • Special events
  • Veterinary hospital

Becoming a Volunteer

It’s easy to start helping out! Below are the minimum requirements to become an IHS volunteer:

  • Must be 12 years of age or older. (Ages 12 to 15 must train and volunteer alongside an adult volunteer.)
  • Must complete a volunteer application.
  • Must include an email address so you can receive communication from the volunteer office.
  • Must submit the orientation fee of $10. (The fee covers the cost of your volunteer materials and IHS volunteer T-shirt. Attach a check to your application if you mail it. You may pay with cash or a credit or debit card if you turn your application in at the shelter.)
  • Watch the online orientation videos and complete quiz
  • Must care about the welfare of animals.
  • People with special needs are welcome to volunteer accompanied by their caregiver who meets the requirements of an IHS volunteer and has also completed the volunteer application, online orientation, and any additional classes needed to volunteer. Please also read our Special Needs Policy on page 9.

After we receive your completed application, you will be emailed additional information and a link to our online orientation videos and quiz. Please allow 15-20 minutes to complete this portion. Once completed, you will be able to sign up for a New Volunteer Tour at our Adoption Center where you will receive information on our kennel and cattery skills classes, take a tour of our facilities, and receive your Volunteer T-Shirt.

Court-ordered community service is not part of the volunteer program. Please see front desk personnel at the Idaho Humane Society for more information at our S. Bird Campus located at: 1300 S. Bird Street, Boise, Idaho 83709.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

A group of co-workers, churchgoers, friends, etc., can do a lot for the Idaho Humane Society by organizing a fundraiser, pet food drive or supply collection for our shelter. While we aren’t able to accommodate groups at our shelter, your group efforts can still make a huge difference to the animals in our care and to our community. Visit our Pet Food Pantry page to see what your pet food drive can do, check out our Amazon wish list for supplies and other items your group can make a reality. If you’re interested in fundraising ideas, please fill out this form or email events@idahohumanesociety.org.

Volunteering for the Medical Center

There are many ways that volunteers can help our Veterinary Medical Staff – such as assisting with patient checkout, feeding and exercising canine patients and even sanitizing and preparing surgical instrument packs. That work requires some special training. If you’re interested, you can watch this video to see what it’s like to volunteer in the clinic:

Learn more

If you have any questions about our volunteer program, please contact Courtney at 208-331-8553 or volunteer@idahohumanesociety.org.

View the 2020 Volunteer Handbook