Volunteer

*****If you are looking for complete court ordered community service or public service, you need to go to the front desk of either facility to sign up. These two programs are not overseen by the volunteer office*****

Becoming a New Volunteer

You can help us meet our mission by volunteering in many different ways at both of our campuses. It’s easy to start helping out! Below are the minimum requirements to become an IHS volunteer:

  • Must care about the welfare of animals.
  • Must be 12 years of age or older. (Ages 12 to 15 must train and volunteer alongside an adult volunteer.)
  • Each volunteer- youth, those with special needs and all others, must register on our volunteer portal and create their own volunteer profile by clicking on the large “Click here to start your volunteer journey” link below.
  • Must have an email address so you can register on the volunteer portal. If you do not use email or you are registering a youth who does not have an email, please use their first and last name @example.com it would like this: “[email protected]” as their email. This is a fake email, but will allow each volunteer with no email to use our volunteer portal. You cannot use the same email for more than one person.
  • Once you are registered in the volunteer portal, you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for your New Volunteer Orientation which is needed before volunteering with us.
  • People with special needs are welcome to volunteer accompanied by a caregiver/helper who meets the requirements of an IHS volunteer and has also completed the volunteer application, orientation, and any additional classes needed to volunteer. Please also read our Special Needs Policy

What shifts are available to volunteer?

Volunteers looking to help in our Cattery or Kennels at our Bird St. location may do so once they have completed the volunteer registration, videos, and in-person skill checks. Although we do not have specific shifts that volunteers are assigned, they do need to sign up for them in the volunteer portal after meeting the above specifications. Shifts volunteers are able to sign up for are listed below. Please note there are only 2 spots per shift and they are first come first served when signing up online. These times don’t work for your schedule? Email the Volunteer Manager at [email protected] and check if there is any wiggle room!

Daily Kennel (Dog) Shifts:

9am-10am Every day except Thursdays

10am-11am Everyday

11am-12pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

12pm-1pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

4pm-5pm Everyday

5pm-6pm Every day except Sundays

 

Daily Cattery Shifts:

9am-10am Everyday

10am-11am Everyday

11am-12pm Everyday

12pm-1pm Everyday

4pm-5pm Everyday

5pm-6pm Every day except Sundays

 

What is the process for becoming a volunteer?

  1. To start volunteering, each person who will be volunteering will register to become a volunteer. If you are 12-15 years old, you will need your adult to register and volunteer with you. Both of you will need your own accounts because you both will be signing up for volunteer shifts and skill checks. This happens for CSW workers and their clients as well as any volunteer who will be having an assisting volunteer. Everyone registers for their own accounts.
  2. After you register to volunteer, you will receive an email with your next steps (check your junk mail if you cannot find it)- watch our orientation video, kennel skills video- if you want to work with dogs and/or the cattery skills video- if you want to work with cats. If you have an assisting volunteer, you can watch these videos with your assisting volunteer together, just make sure that you put both of your names on the line that says “Name”. After you complete the videos, you will email the Volunteer Services Manager and let them know you’re done at [email protected]
  3. After you email the Volunteer Services Manger when you complete the videos, they will enter your qualifications into your volunteer profile and send you an email with your next steps which will be to sign up for your in-person skill check at our Bird St. Facility. At the time of the skill check, you will receive your volunteer t-shirt and get a tour of the facility.
  4. Once you pass your skill check, you will be all set to start signing up for volunteer shifts to volunteer!

    Are you ready? Click below!

Click here to start your Volunteer Journey!

Interested in learning more about how you can volunteer with the Idaho Humane Society? Check out our opportunities below!

COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Measures

COVID-19 Rules When Volunteering:

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.

  • When volunteering, make sure you are allowed to come in- by signing up for the space on the Volunteer Portal or by contacting Courtney for help to get signed up.
  • Volunteers are being asked to wear face masks when working in public areas such as the cattery or kennel areas especially if you cannot keep 6 feet away for social distance.
  • Volunteers do not need to wear a mask if in a dog’s kennel without another person near, out in a play yard or inside a playroom alone with a dog, inside a cat colony or cattery area- if they are the only one in there.
  • We are closed to the public Monday-Wednesday with online appointments for adoptions Tuesday-Wednesday at Bird St. If you are volunteering during these days, you will need to enter through the clinic.
  • Please remember to bring your mask, water, wear your volunteer t-shirt (you can order more shirts here!), and close-toed shoes!
  • As always, if you have any questions ask a staff member or Courtney!
Current Volunteers

 

2020 Idaho Humane Society Volunteer Handbook

Volunteer Portal

Kennel Sign Up Rules

Online Volunteer Orientation

Kennel Skills Video and Quiz

Cattery Skills Video and Quiz

Volunteer Portal How To Instructions and Videos

CURRENT VOLUNTEER Portal Login Instructions

To log into your existing account:

  • Go to http://idahohumanesociety.galaxydigital.com
  • Click on LOGIN on the top right corner
  • If you know your password, type in your email where it says email and your password where it says password.
  • If you don’t know your password, click on the very little blue writing at the bottom that says “Forgot you Password?”
  • Type your email address in and click SUBMIT.
  • Go to email and look for email titled: LOST PASSWORD RESET, open email and click link to reset password.
  • Type new password in to both tabs and click RESET PASSWORD.
  • Now, retype your email in email and new password in password.

To sign up for opportunities:

  • Sign into account.
  • Once you are logged in, you will click on the left side tab that says “opportunities” if you haven’t signed the waivers, they will pop up for you to sign before you can move on. You will need to wait to be approved to sign up for some specific opportunities. This can take up to 24 hours. If you have questions, email [email protected]
  • Once those are signed it will take you to the next page where you are going to want to use the search bar to search for whichever opportunity you are looking for.

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:

  1. Log into your account with the instructions above.
  2. At the top of the page, click on the “ADD HOURS” tab.
  3. Select an opportunity (area where you volunteered) and if you don’t see it on there, email me and I can add it for you.
  4. Enter your details on the right hand side- date worked, hours worked and don’t worry about putting miles traveled or a description
  5. Scroll down and hit “SUBMIT HOUR ENTRY”

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!

Youth Volunteering Opportunities

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!

 Check out these cool animal enrichment activities you can do from home!

  • Fundraising! Organize a car wash, bake sale, garage sale or another event to raise money for the animals in our shelter.
  • Help fill our Pet Food Pantry cupboards! Organize a pet food drive to collect dog and cat food and kitty litter to donate to our Pet Food Pantry. The pantry supplies pet food to individuals who cannot afford it as well as to senior citizens who have trouble getting to the store.
  • Recycle! Collect newspapers for the Idaho Humane Society to reuse as liners for our kitty cages. Or collect aluminum cans and drop them into our aluminum can collection cages at the shelter or at area Zamzows stores. We turn the cans in for money to help care for the homeless animals in our shelter.
  • Make blankets for our kitties! Our cats and kittens love to lie on handmade blankets. You can knit, crochet or tie blankets out of fleece. They need to measure about 18-20” x 18-20” when you’re finished. Bring them to the shelter and then visit our shelter kitties!
  • Make Treats for our dogs! Try this easy recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats!
    • Ingredients- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) fresh or canned is fine, 1/2 cup peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol), 2 1/2 cup oats, Old-fashioned or Quick Oats.
    • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix until combined and roll into 1-1 1/2 balls, put on a pan or plate and put in the freezer until ready to bring in to give to dogs!

Court Ordered Community Service/ Public Service Hours

Court-ordered community service and/or Public Service Hours are 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.

Group Volunteering 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 [email protected]

Administration

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.

 

Animal Socializing

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.

Recycling Team

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!

Mobile Adoptions

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.

Spay/Neuter Clinic

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.

Pet Food Pantry/ Meals on Wheels for Pets

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

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.

Special Events

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!

Veterinary Clinics

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.

 

If you have any questions about our volunteer program, please contact the Volunteer Services Manager, Courtney at 208-331-8553 or [email protected].