(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.

Please be aware that there will be an eight-week wait for an available volunteer orientation due to the impending move of our facility and a large number of applications already on file.

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 16 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.)
  • Must attend a volunteer orientation class.
  • Must care about the welfare of animals.
  • People with special needs are welcome to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by their caregiver, who also meets the requirements of an IHS volunteer.

After we receive your completed application, you will be emailed additional information and a link to our online class schedule, where you can sign up for volunteer orientation, cattery skills and kennel skills classes. The 2-hour orientation class will help make you feel comfortable in your new role as an IHS volunteer and provide you with an overview of our cause, policies and volunteer opportunities. The cattery and kennel skills classes include hands-on animal handling instruction.

Court-ordered community service is not part of the volunteer program. Please see front desk personnel at the Idaho Humane Society for more information.

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 Melanie Larson at 208-331-8553 or volunteer@idahohumanesociety.org.

View the 2019 Volunteer Handbook