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HUMANE SOCIETY OF HARRIS COUNTY
Grooming and Adoption Prep – Friday afternoons means getting the animals for the weekend in ship shape for adoptions. Basic bathing and brushing along with ears and nails are the focus. Wet and messy work, a sense of humor would be helpful.
Photography – Good photographs of our animals can make or break a possible inquiry off the internet and social media. This need is weekly with no particular day of the week specified. Photographs of special events and volunteer events are needed as well. Animal photographs require at least two people.
Walking Trail Volunteers – general maintenance of established walking trail includes clearing new growth, raking and filling trail, maintaining plantings, etc. Once a month.
Feral Cat Volunteers – more volunteers needed to help with Trap, Neuter, Release program. Trapping is done on Wednesday evenings, can take up to 3 hours. Training is provided
Pet Smart and Remote Adoption Volunteers – 75% of our adoptions still take place away from the Adoption Center on Saturdays and Sundays. Adoption volunteers are needed to help pack and transport animals to and from remote sites, in addition volunteers are needed to help with the adoption event itself which typically runs from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Unloading at Pet Smart Adoptions
Linda Sawyer, HSHC Volunteer Coordinator
at our Barktober Fest
Thank you for considering volunteering for the Humane Society of Harris County. Working at HSHC can be a very rewarding and impactful experience. Seeing homeless animals become permanent members of forever families is heartwarming. Volunteer work here can also be physically and emotional challenging, particularly when animals remain in an institutional setting for so long. Volunteers must be prepared to deal with all aspects of the work at HSHC. As a result, we have basic requirements for all volunteers.
We welcome prospective volunteers 16 years and older to submit an application.
Those 14 and 15 years may apply with a parent or guardian who must be present
for supervision. If you are interested in bringing a youth group for a service project please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 706 582 3007.
Once an application is received and accepted our volunteer coordinator with send the applicant a copy of our Volunteer Handbook via email. Applicants need to read the handbook thoroughly. If at that time they believe they are ready to accept the obligations and responsibilities as outlined, they will sign up for a brief orientation.
Orientation sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month and the third Sunday. Upon completion of orientation, the applicant will receive an HSHC Volunteer T-Shirt (at no cost) and may sign up for volunteer tasks. Some tasks may require additional training before assignment can be made.
Aluminum Can Coordinator – manages two bins, one in Pine Mountain, the other in Cataula. Sort out cans, centralize in Cataula and contact recycler who picks up in Cataula when a load is ready. Requires about 3 hours every two weeks.
Transportation Volunteers – transport dogs and cats from Adoption Center to veterinary visits each Thursday. Drop off at vet at 8:30 am and pick up at 3:30 pm. Strong back required. Crates need to be moved into vet office to contain animals during their visit. Each leg of trip is about 1 ½ hours.
Office Volunteer – answer phones, meet public, facilitate adoptions, laundry and dishes. Volunteers needed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Grant Writing – Volunteer needed to assist Executive Director with grant applications. Work can be done at home.
Dog Walking – Getting dogs out and exercised is critical to their well being. The HSHC Adoption Center has a walking trail as well as a play yard for a variety of exercise opportunities. As many of our dogs lack leash manners a sense of humor is required for this task. This activity is available 7 days a week. It is preferable that walking start after 11:00 am and be complete by 4:00 pm.
Volunteers are the life’s blood of our organization and are critical to our being able to fulfill our mission. With a wide range of tasks we accommodate a great variety of volunteer interests and talents that aid in the fulfilling of our obligations to the care of our animals and our organizational needs.