Volunteer Positions


The following volunteer opportunities are currently available at SafeHaven:

Cat Socialization

Cats have specific needs that must be met in order for them to be successful in a shelter environment. SafeHaven has a cat room filled with toys, treats, brushes, and windows to help meet these needs. Our goal at SafeHaven is to get every cat out of its kennel a minimum of three times a day. Volunteers are encouraged to let cats out to play, be brushed, given treats, and cuddled! Cat socialization takes place between noon and close each day and we prefer our volunteers be able to commit to two hours each week.

Community Outreach

It is important to get our animals out into the community, and educate the community on what we do! Volunteers are always needed to help with taking animals into nursing homes, Petco, and other outreach events. If you are interested in helping with our community outreach program, email volunteer@safehavenhumane.com.

Dog Socialization

We understand how stressful the shelter environment may be on an animal. To help overcome this stress, the shelter depends on volunteers to come to the shelter and help give the animals the extra attention needed to feel happy! We have 5 play yards at the shelter for dogs to get out and exercise. Our goal at SafeHaven is to get each dog out of its kennel and into a play yard a minimum of three times a day. Volunteers play a vital role in accomplishing this goal. Volunteers are encouraged to take dogs into yards to play, work on commands, be brushed and loved on! The human interaction that the dogs get through this volunteer socialization helps prevent aggressive behavior, as well depression in the animals. Dog socialization takes place between noon and close each day, and we prefer our volunteers be able to commit to two hours each week. Volunteers are also given the opportunity to attend free classes with our Behavior and Training Staff to learn the basics of dog behavior to safely and effectively serve our shelter dogs.

Foster Care

We are always in need of foster care providers! We rely on our amazing network of foster care providers to help us rescue and care for animals! We place more than 2,300 dogs and cats in forever homes each year, and hundreds of these animals get their start in our foster care program.

Through foster care, we are able to house more adoptable animals and save more lives. Fostering an animal is a wonderful way to experience the joy of owning a pet for those who are unable to make a permanent commitment to an animal. If you are interested in becoming a foster care provider, learn more at www.safehavenhumane.org/foster-care.

Fundraising and Events

As a non-profit organization, we run solely on donations and fundraising efforts. Depending on the type of event, volunteers can be asked to perform a variety of task. Being a fundraising and events volunteer is a great way to get involved without committing to a set weekly schedule. If you are interested in getting involved with our fundraising events, email volunteer@safehavehumane.com.

Front Office Volunteer

The front desk is the first thing people see when they enter SafeHaven. It is often very busy, and volunteers are needed to help with office tasks such as filing, data entry, returning phone messages, making copies, and assembling adoption packets. This position also entails greeting customers and answering customer questions.

Morning Cleaning Assistant

SafeHaven prides itself on providing a clean, sanitary kennel for each animal each day! Every morning our staff, with the help of volunteers, clean every animal’s kennel, and provide them with clean blankets, food, water, and toys. This process is very time consuming, and we depend on volunteers to be able to get everything done in time to open the shelter to the public. Volunteers can sign up to help with morning cleaning duties for either dogs or cats. Morning cleaning is daily from 8 to 11 a.m. and includes not only helping us with the animals but also doing dishes, sweeping and mopping.

Shelter Beautification Assistance

We always need help with yard work, including flower planting projects weeding, cutting back bushes, washing dog houses, trash removal and more. To use power tools or to mow, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older.

Questions? Email us at volunteer@safehavenhumane.com or give us a call at 541.928.2789.