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Due to COVID-19, we are unable to provide in-person short term volunteer opportunities. If you are looking to volunteer short term or looking to fulfill volunteer hours for school, please check out our Enrichment and Treat DIY Book for ideas on how you can help animals from home!
You can help us meet our mission by volunteering in many different ways at both of our campuses here in Boise, Idaho. It’s easy to start helping out! Many volunteers look forward to volunteering directly with the animals in our care. Before volunteering hands on with animals, long term volunteers will be asked to complete four (4) hours of housekeeping needs including: helping with laundry, dishes, sweeping, and restocking supplies.
Below are the minimum requirements to become an IHS long term volunteer:
Learn about how you can volunteer with the Idaho Humane Society by clicking on the tabs below!
If you are interested in becoming a long term volunteer with us, please email our Volunteer Services Manager for more information at [email protected]
To make sure volunteers, staff and the public are safe while in IHS, we are asking volunteers and staff to follow the following rules. The public is also asked to wear a mask when in our building. The volunteer portal below is only for current volunteers who have already gone through new volunteer orientation and have been approved to be a volunteer. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email: [email protected] for more information!
If you have not taken New Volunteer Orientation, please do not click on any of the links below. These are specifically for current volunteers who have been approved to volunteer already.
To log into your existing account:
To sign up for opportunities:
How to log hours in the Volunteer Portal:
If you choose to log your own hours, please do not sign in on the sign in sheet at either shelter. Only choose one or the other.
Video Below: How to log into the Volunteer Portal, Qualifications and how to sign up for volunteer opportunities:
Video Below: Registering for Volunteer Opportunities/Needs, Double Checking that you are registered, Unregistering for an Opportunity/Need
Logging hours Instructions:
And you are all set!
Video Below: Logging hours for Volunteer opportunities/needs you are already signed up for
Video Below: Logging hours for Volunteer opportunity/need you are not signed up for
Video Below: Blog!
To volunteer as Idaho Humane Society on a long-term basis, youth ages 12-15 must have an adult volunteer volunteering with them. Once a child turns 16, they are able to volunteer on their own with parent/guardian consent.
For youth looking to volunteer a short amount of time or for school credit, please check out our Service Saturday page to sign up for a Saturday or to learn how to gain credit while volunteering from home!
Have kids who are too young to come in and volunteer at the adoption center? Check out these ways they can volunteer from home!
Court-ordered community service
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 either one of our campuses: 1300 S. Bird St. Boise, ID 83709 or 4775 Dorman St. Boise, ID 83705. You must show up in person to get on the schedule. No emails or phone calls will be taken.
Public Service hours can be done through our regular volunteer program. Please follow instructions on main page to sign up to become a volunteer.
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 [email protected]
Volunteering to help with administration work could include filing, data entry, scanning papers into a system and much more for many different departments within the Idaho Humane Society.
Helping with administration work is quite popular with volunteers who do not want to work hands-on with the animals. This usually makes the volunteer opportunities in this area a bit scarce. If you are interested in helping in this area, be sure to let the Volunteer Services Manager know at your New Volunteer Orientation.
One of the most popular ways to volunteer with us is to help with socializing our animals that are waiting to be adopted. There are many ways that a volunteer can socialize with the dogs, cats, and rodents in our facility. The best thing about volunteering to socialize our animals is that we don’t have a schedule you need to sign up for to do it! Once you become a volunteer and take the correct skills classes, you’re all set to come and get to work!
Enrichment is a way that we provide stimuli to animals in our care for optimal psychological and physiological well-being. It is a great way to work their brains while they are in their kennels.
Petting and playing with animals is another great way to socialize them and help calm them as many animals get stressed when put in situations they may not be used to.
We have outside and inside play areas (and an endless amount of toys) where you are able to take dogs to run, play and go on walks.
Our Recycling Team is made up of volunteers who help collect, sort, and transport aluminum cans that we then earn money for. Each year, this group of volunteers are responsible for raising about $11,000 that goes towards our mission!
Each year, we work with local businesses and organizations to hold mobile pet adoptions at their facilities. Our mobile adoptions are run by volunteers. Volunteers and staff work together to complete paperwork, exercise the dogs, load them into the vehicle, drive them to the adoption space, handle them while at the mobile adoption, help complete paperwork for the adoptions and also assist with bringing back any animals that were not adopted.
A dedicated amount of volunteers work with our clinic staff to help spay/neuter pit bull type dogs and feral cats from across the Treasure Valley. With help from our volunteers, our Veterinary Medical Center performs nearly 10,000 spay and neuter surgeries each year.
Since 2008, Volunteers and staff at the Idaho Humane Society have worked to provide our Pet Food Pantry to act as a safety program to provide resources primarily to struggling pet owners.
The pantry supplies pet food for:
Meals on Wheels for Pets- deliveries to homebound seniors.
Families and individuals facing economic hardship.
Other animal welfare groups in need of occasional pet food support.
Volunteers oversee this program by collecting donated food for the shelter from local businesses, sorting food each week and organizing piles, preparing food and delivering it for our Meals on Wheels for Pets participants monthly, keeping track of lbs in and out of the program, data entry, and much more!
The Pet Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels for Pets is a very popular program for volunteers to help in.
Education is a crucial component of the Idaho Humane Society’s mission to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane awareness and compassion. We strive to share the shelter’s mission and programs as well as teach younger generations about humane care for pets and safety around animals.
Volunteers with education backgrounds help our Humane Education Coordinator transport rodents to classrooms for our rodent rescuer program, provide in-class programming, work with youth who come into our facilities to provide service projects and give tours to classes and groups.
We hold many special events throughout the year to help raise funds to help meet our mission. Volunteers support these events by helping with registration/check-in, (wo)maning booths at local breweries and events to help provide information to the general public on what we do, set up and tear down events, handle animals if needed, and so much more!
Here at Idaho Humane Society, we have two veterinary clinics. One serves animals who are coming to us to be adopted out, and the other is our nonprofit veterinary hospital open for the public.
Volunteers help in our Pack Rooms where they are taught on the procedures for sterilizing medical instruments, go through training to become Recovery Assistants who help check heart rates of recovery animals after their surgeries and can also go through training to help with animals recovering from orthopedic surgeries.
The volunteer positions are usually scheduled in four-hour time slots throughout the week.