Become a Volunteer

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WCHS volunteers are a very important part of our team. They help our staff provide loving care to our animals by performing a wide range of tasks – everything from helping feed and socialize animals to helping support our fundraising events. As a WCHS volunteer, you will make a real difference for our shelter animals. And what could be more fun than spending a few hours with some wonderful critters?

Shelter volunteers are asked to commit to a set schedule of two hours per week for a minimum of six weeks. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work independently. Volunteers 14 & 15 years old can come in accompanied by a parent or guardian. All volunteers must be able to follow verbal and written instructions without assistance.

Complete an Application

The first step towards becoming a WCHS volunteer is to complete our Online Volunteer Application.  You may also call or stop in to the shelter to request an application.

Attend Volunteer Open House

Once your application is submitted, the next step in the process is to attend a Volunteer Open House Session. These informational meetings take place monthly, roughly last 30-60 minutes. Due to volume of applications, please email us to see when our next available open house is at

Complete Volunteer Training

The WCHS volunteer program is based on a level system. After completing the open house, you will be scheduled for Level I training. All volunteers start at Level I. This allows volunteers time to become comfortable with our facility and staff while assisting with various cleaning and administrative duties.

After completing Level I, volunteers meet with the Volunteer Coordinator to decide where they would most enjoy working and put their skills to best use. Options include Dog Walker, Animal Care Assistant, Cat or Rabbit Socializer, or Front Desk Assistant. Level II volunteers must commit to a regular schedule for 6 months minimum.

From there, volunteers interested in becoming “experts” can advance to Level III to assist in the Animal Care Department or socialize with cats and dogs who need additional support prior to being adopted. Advancement throughout the volunteer program is based upon additional training that ensures the volunteer is ready for greater responsibility in handling animals.

If you’re Under 13 Years Old, there are still many ways to help WCHS!

  • Decorate a big box with animal pictures/things we need from our shelter, and place this box in store or public area (as long as you have permission from the owner or manager). Attach a sign to the box asking people to donate dog, puppy, cat or kitten supplies to the Windham County Humane Society. See our “Shelter Wish List” here:

  • Help an elderly or sick neighbor take care of their pets.

  • Post copies of our "Shelter Wish List" in your school or neighborhood. Or, return cans for deposit, and then use the money to purchase something from our "Shelter Wish List".

  • Ask your scout troop, camp, temple, church and other organizations to hold collection drives and special fundraisers (bake sale, car washes, yard sales, etc) in support of Windham County Humane Society.

  • Have a dog biscuit/cat cookie bake sale, or donate the treats to the WCHS animals.

  • Come to the shelter & take photos of the animals needing homes, then make posters that you can hang on bulletin boards at your school.

  • Create a “coin collecting” event event in your neighborhood, school, library or scout troop. Drop off rolled coins to Windham County Humane Society.


Online Application