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Becoming a 

New Volunteer

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!

Becoming a short-term volunteer

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!

Becoming a long-term volunteer

    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.

    People with special needs are welcome to volunteer. They must be accompanied by an assisting individual who meets the requirements of an IHS volunteer; both must have also completed volunteer orientation as well as any additional classes needed.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask by emailing [email protected]

    Learn about different volunteer opportunities on the Opportunities Available tab!

    court-ordered community service

    If you are looking to complete court-ordered community service, you need to go to the front desk of either facility to sign up. This program is not overseen by the volunteer office.

    Our minimum requirements to become an IHS volunteer:

    • Must care about the welfare of animals.
    • Willing to commit at least six (6) months volunteering at least twice a month.
    • Must be at least 12 years of age or older. Youth aged 12 to 15 must train and volunteer alongside an adult volunteer at all times.
    • Once a child turns 16, they are able to volunteer on their own with parent/guardian consent.

    Do you have a child who isn’t old enough yet, but still wants to help? Click for our Enrichment and Treat DIY Book!