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Volunteers are a vital part of the HSHA team. Without them, we would not be able to perform many of the essential functions at our shelter. HSHA is always looking for dedicated and committed volunteers to assist with the shelter animals and some of the everyday responsibilities of shelter life. Whether you are interested in walking dogs, helping at events, or socializing cats, there is a place for you at HSHA. The animals are waiting for you … get started today!

We are currently accepting volunteer applications.   All available positions are listed below.  Please check back often to see new available positions.  


Before You Apply, Please Note: 

  • All volunteers must be 18 or older.
  • The volunteer program is not intended for court-mandated community service or short-term projects.
  • Volunteer’s requiring special assistance MUST be accompanied by a friend or family member.
  • Completed applications are kept on file for three months and will be discarded if you do not complete the required volunteer orientation within that time.
  • We consider volunteering an ongoing commitment between the volunteer and HSHA.  Because of this, we require a minimum of 8 volunteer hours a month, including 2 hours of non-direct animal care (such as donation-sorting, events, etc.). 
  • To help support our animal residents, upon acceptance into the HSHA Volunteer Program there is a $20.00 onboarding fee. This fee includes a volunteer T-shirt, name badge, and volunteer training.  Should this fee be an impediment to your ability to volunteer at HSHA please contact the volunteer coordinator prior to applying.   

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Dog Walker
provides physical play, walks and treats for shelter dogs

Cat Socializer
provides physical play, socializing and treats for shelter cats

Critter Socializer
provides physical play, socializing and treats for shelter cats

provides clean bedding, toys, and mops for the shelter

provides clean dishes, toys and litter boxes to Kennel Team

Kong Filler
provides behavioral enrichment, physical play, nutrition and treats for our shelter dogs

Donation Sorting
sorts, organizes, logs, delivers and appropriately stores all material items donated to HSHA

Cut and Sew
assist in making cage linens and other fabric items

Other Opportunities
Community Events, Groundskeeping, Administrative Tasks, etc.

Please note HSHA is closed Monday, February 20th thru Friday, February 24th for our annual deep cleaning and staff continuing education. We return to normal hours on Saturday, February 25th.

We will be closing at 3pm on Saturday, December 31st for New Years Eve. Thank you and Happy Holidays. Be sure to join us at the Penguin Plunge on City Island Sunday, January 1st starting at 10am.