We have many volunteer positions available, all vitally important to fulfilling our mission and our day-to-day operation.
Reception: Reception volunteers are responsible for welcoming visitors to the shelter, answering our multi-line phone system, assisting potential adopters and maintaining the reception/lobby area. This position requires good telephone and people skills. Reception Volunteers work one shift per week; daily shifts are 9am-Noon, Noon-3pm and 3pm-6pm. Read the Receptionist job description. You must be at least 18 years old.
Cat Care: Cat Care volunteers are responsible for feeding and socializing our cats and kittens, and maintaining the cleanliness of the cat rooms. Cat Care Volunteers work one shift per week; daily shifts are 9am-Noon or 6:30pm-8:30pm. Positions include general Cat Care, ISO/Intake Care and Cat Socializer. You must be at least 16 years old.
Dog Care: Dog Care volunteers are responsible for walking, feeding and socializing our dogs and puppies, and maintaining a clean, healthy and safe environment. Dog Care Volunteers work one shift per week; daily shifts are 9am-Noon or 6pm-8:30pm. Positions include Dog Walker, Feeder/Cleaner, Potty Break/Socializer and Dog Kennel Enrichment. You must be at least 18 years old.
Facilities: Facilities volunteers are involved in all areas of shelter operation. They are responsible for collecting donations, distributing supplies, running the Homeward Pet Food Bank, doing special projects, and maintaining a clean, safe environment throughout the shelter and surrounding grounds. Facilities Volunteers work one shift per week; hours vary. Positions include Cleaner, Restocker and Donation Room Attendant. You must be at least 16 years old.
Clinic Assistant: Clinic Assistant volunteers assist the veterinary staff with clinic protocol and procedures, including general cleaning, sterilizing surgical implements, confirming appointments and completing paperwork. A Clinic Assistant must have strong animal, people, telephone and organizational skills. Clinic Assistants work one shift per week; Monday – Friday shifts. Read the Clinic Assistant job description. You must be at least 18 years old.
Photographer: Put your photography skills to work capturing our available dogs’ and cats’ best poses for their profiles on our website and social media Homeward Pet provides lighting, backdrop and props… you bring your creative photography skills and camera.
Foster Care: Homeward Pet’s foster care families provide temporary, in-home care to needy animals for a variety of reasons, including puppies needing extra socialization, bottle-feeding kittens, a dog recovering from surgery or a cat recovering from an illness. Fostering is a great way for families to become involved, especially those with children too young to become volunteers at the shelter. We try to make the best match between the foster family and the animal needing in-home care, and every placement is subject to the foster family’s approval and availability.
Videographer: Want to help our animals get more exposure and practice your video editing skills? Become a Volunteer Pet Videographer. All you need is a cell phone with video recording abilities and basic video editing knowledge (comfort using iMovie, Movie Maker, Adobe Premier, etc.). Visit the shelter for one hour each week (between 9 am – 12 pm), taking videos of some of our harder-to-place cats and dogs. Then, edit them into short and snappy 30-second clips from the comfort of your couch. Read the Videographer job description. Must be at least 18 years old.
Groups: Occasionally, we have projects that we could use help on from a volunteer group doing a one-time project. If you are a member of a group, company or service organization that would like to participate in a one day volunteer project with Homeward Pet, please email .