The Volunteer Spotlight features a volunteer or group of volunteers whose committment to helping animals at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of volunteerism by giving their time, energy and passion to make a difference in the lives of the animals. The volunteer is nominated by a Humane Society staff member. We also have the Friends of the Humane Society featured volunteers as well who work tirelessly through FOHS to raise funds and impact the lives of animals at our shelter!
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The Friends of the Humane Society is a wonderful group of volunteers who raise funds for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Rick and Gloria Smith have been dedicated members of the FOHS for quite some time. They are an amazing couple who have faithfully
worked the Animal Snackers Bakery at the Second Street Market, on Saturday mornings for the last 8 years. Their dedication, passion, and love for the Humane Society is inspiring to say the least. We would like to recognize their efforts and thank them for everything they have done to help homeless animals in our community.
Do you love to bake? Then Friends of the Humane Society may be for you. This unique group of Humane Society of Greater Dayton volunteers bakes over 80 varieties of gourmet dog and cat treats, such as:
These treats are made by volunteers and sold at the Animal Snackers Bakery at the PNC 2nd Street Market, which is also staffed by volunteers. Proceeds support Humane Society of Greater Dayton programs. Learn more about this innovative group.
One of the goals of the Volunteer program at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is to ensure that each volunteer has a positive and meaningful experience with us. Our way of doing that is to provide all new volunteers with training and mentoring by our experienced staff and volunteers. In order to provide this specialized training, we must limit the number of new volunteers each month, so that we can devote the appropriate amount of attention to get everyone settled into their new volunteer roles.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We would not be able to run any of our programs without support from the community, through in-kind and monetary donations. An annual $10 volunteer-level membership affirms volunteers' support of our organization and the mission that we are working toward.
All potential volunteers must attend an open house/volunteer orientation. Open houses are offered frequently, in an effort to meet everyone’s schedule. Please contact Jodi Rettig, volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you cannot attend one of the scheduled sessions. You may also reach her by phone, at 937/262-5924.
Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age. Volunteers under the age of 18 must attend the open house with a parent. Volunteers ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering at the facility. Please check out the list of specific physical, mental, emotional and supervision requirements for each volunteer opportunity. When signing up for an open house, please sign each staff member up separately as seats in the open house are limited.
No, not if you are at least 16 years of age. We require that volunteers who are 10 to 15 years of age have a parent or guardian over the age of 21 attend the open house with them, as well as supervise their volunteering at all times by actively volunteering alongside them. Sixteen- and 17-year-old volunteers only need a parental-consent form on file; they may volunteer alone. Please check out the list of specific physical, mental, emotional and supervision requirements for each volunteer opportunity.
If you are under the age of 10 and want to be involved, you may visit our Humane Education page; there you may choose from several ideas and projects to help make a difference at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
We ask that our volunteers wear closed-toe shoes, as well as clothes that can get furry and dirty. We do not permit volunteers to wear flip-flops, bare-midriff shirts, or apparel with inappropriate sayings or logos. 1If you are dressed inappropriately, you may be asked to leave.
We do not have any special summer programs for students. Our summer policies are the same: age limit
(10 years) and parental/guardian supervision, if necessary.
Volunteers are required to volunteer a minimum of four hours per month and make a commitment of six months. This ensures that:
The four hours may be split as necessary throughout the month, to fit your schedule.
The Nicholas Road facility is open to its volunteers from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM Sunday, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Monday, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, and 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Saturday. These hours are not adoption hours for the public; they are solely for the convenience of volunteers.
Yes! Besides coming to our Nicholas Road facility, volunteers can help at offsite adoption events on evenings and weekends, bake treats for the Animal Snackers Bakery at the PNC 2nd Street Market or work at MeowZa! Cat Boutique (located in the Dayton Mall).
Students needing service hours will go through the general Volunteer program. When you complete your service, a signed copy of your hours can be requested through the volunteer office. Time spent in the open house, training and practice with a mentor does not count toward service hours completed. As space is limited, we are unable to accommodate all requests. Please allow ample time to complete orientations, training sessions and service by the required date.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a community-service site for the MonDay program. MonDay is a community-based correctional facility that provides a secure treatment environment for probationable felony offenders. MonDay challenges offenders to modify their behaviors to become responsible citizens, by utilizing holistic programming, including community service at specific sites in the community. As the Humane Society participates in this program, we are unable to accommodate other individuals with court-ordered community service.
Our group opportunities are project-based, since we do require that all volunteers who will be working directly with the animals attend our open house and complete training. Because of the size of our facility, only small groups can be accommodated on-site. If you have a group that is interested in a service project at our facility, please contact Breanne Woody, volunteer coordinator, at email@example.com. You may also reach her by phone, at 937/262-5924.
You can read more about the requirements for group tours on our Group Tours page. Tours must be scheduled with Breanne Woody, volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach her by phone, at 937/262-5924.
Unfortunately, we do not currently have a program in place that enables us to fill the many requests we receive for job shadowing.
On average, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) cares for 4,500 animals each year. We are the only area shelter that takes in all animals, allowing our impact to extend beyond dogs and cats. We also help rabbits, ferrets and other pets move from homelessness to becoming a loved member of the family.
You can be a part of this team dedicated to ensuring that every animal is loved and finds its forever home. We are always in need of new volunteers to assist us in caring for Dayton’s animals; however, volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton can be an emotional experience that requires a strong commitment. While we do have a large number of people who go through our orientation and training process, not everyone will be able to continue volunteering with us. Some may not be able to commit the necessary time, while others may decide that they are unable to deal with the emotions that come from spending time with animals who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. For more on what it takes to be a Humane Society of Greater Dayton volunteer, please read through the physical, emotional, mental and supervision requirements for each volunteer opportunity.
Call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937/268-PETS (7387) or e-mail Jodi Rettig, our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton offers flexible opportunities designed to fit into anyone’s schedule. Often you can determine the hours you work and in what capacity. No matter what your skill set – whether you desire hands-on activities with our pets, prefer to provide clerical support, or want to assist with our events and education programs in the community – there is a place for you. Want to learn more? Scroll down or check out our Volunteer FAQs page.
An annual $10 volunteer-level membership in the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is a requirement for all members of our volunteer team. This membership affirms volunteers' investment in our organization and commitment to our cause.