Volunteering Requirements

Volunteering at SafeHaven Humane Society provides a great way to work directly with animals, or indirectly to assure their welfare! We have a limited paid staff and depend on hundreds of volunteers (1,192 volunteers provided 10,663 hours of support in 2016) to help care for the animals entrusted in our care.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


  • Must be 16 years of age or older. All volunteers under 16 years of age will need an adult to attend orientation and volunteer with them (Learn more here).
  • Able to commit to scheduled volunteer shifts
  • Able to bend, twist, lift, squat or stand for long periods when working directly with the animals
  • Possess a positive attitude as our volunteers work directly with staff, visitors and other volunteers
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation
  • Make a Commitment.  SafeHaven asks for a minimum of 12 hours per month for active volunteers.

Becoming a volunteer at SafeHaven Humane Society is easy! You just need to follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Volunteer Application  

The first thing you need to do in order to become an active volunteer is fill out our volunteer application, found at the bottom of this page. Once your application is received, the volunteer coordinator will contact you with the dates of the next available orientations.

Step 2: Orientation & Training  

During orientation, you will learn about the mission of SafeHaven, take a tour of the shelter, and look at all the volunteer opportunities available to you.  If you are wanting to volunteer directly with the animals then you will also be required to participate in a basic animal handling class.  SafeHaven offers two volunteer orientations every month. The orientation lasts approximately two hours and will provide you with a tour and overview of our shelter and allow you to get acquainted with our volunteer program. This is a great opportunity to come and see if SafeHaven Humane Society is right for you! AN RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND OUR ORIENTATION.

Step 3:  Purchase Volunteer Supplies

You will need to purchase your volunteer equipment.  This includes a t-shirt or apron and a name tag for the cat area and general volunteering, and leash if working with the dogs. These supplies must be purchased prior to your first volunteer shift.  You can purchase your volunteer supplies at the time of orientation.

Step 4: Scheduling  

We have a very small staff and we depend on volunteers to help us care for all the animals at the shelter. Because of this, we ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of two hours per week, which they schedule ahead of time from home.  To sign up to volunteer with SafeHaven Humane Society please see our Online Volunteer Application.