Volunteer with Humane Society of Greater Dayton

The animals are calling, and they need YOU! Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. They provide thousands of hours of service and contribute to all areas of our organization. If you are interested in volunteering, please click one of the links below to get some more information. Current volunteers can use the button below to log in to the Volunteer Center.

Make a Difference

Volunteer Opportunities

From socializing animals to helping file papers, we have something for every person here at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Our Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to find the tasks that fit your interests and passions, all while helping to move our organization’s mission forward.

Individual Volunteers

We’re always in need of special people to help us care for the animals in our community.

Groups and Company Volunteers

Find out how your group or company can join the fun and help some animals.

Community Service

Do you have community service hours and need to help a nonprofit?

Service Enterprise

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton was the first animal welfare agency in Ohio to be certified as a Service Enterprise animal welfare agency. Through this certification, we worked with the Best Friends Animal Society and Points of Light to develop an extensive plan to better engage and motivate the volunteers at our shelter. Our goal is to make volunteering a rewarding experience for you. We want to find what you are passionate about and work with you to see how you can turn that passion into something that helps our animals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Volunteer Questions

From age requirements to volunteer availability, we answer many of your frequently asked questions here.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Volunteer?

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.

Do I Have to Volunteer a Certain Number of Hours?

We’d like to see you as much as possible, but we’ll take at least four hours per month for six months. This helps in two ways:

  • Volunteers gain a good understanding of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton policies and procedures.
  • The well-being of the animals in our care is developed and maintained consistently.

The four hours may be split however you prefer throughout the month.

When Can I Volunteer?

The Nicholas Road facility is open to its volunteers during these times:

Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

These hours are not adoption hours for the public.

Can I Volunteer for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at Any Other Location Than the Nicholas Road Facility?

Yes! Besides coming to our Nicholas Road facility, volunteers can help at offsite adoption events on evenings and weekends or work at the MeowZa Cat Boutique (located in the Dayton Mall).

Does the Humane Society of Greater Dayton Have Opportunities for Groups?

We welcome small groups. Our facility isn’t very big. And our group opportunities are project-based because we require all volunteers who will be working directly with the animals to attend our open house and complete training.

So gather your group, and please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@hsdayton.org. or call us at (937) 262-5924.

What If I Cannot Attend an Open House at the Scheduled Time?

No problem. We host open houses regularly in an effort to meet everyone’s schedule. We’ll have a time that’s right for you. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@hsdayton.org for any scheduling issues. You may also call (937) 262-5924.

Why Does it Take so Long to Become a Volunteer?

We want each volunteer to have a positive and meaningful experience with us. So we provide all new volunteers with training and mentoring. To provide this specialized training, we must limit the number of new volunteers each month so that we can devote the right amount of attention to get everyone settled into their new volunteer roles.

Why Do I Have to Be a Member of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to Volunteer?

We’re 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.

If I'm a Student, Does a Parent or Guardian Have to Come With Me?

Not if you are at least 16 years of age. Sixteen- and 17-year-old volunteers only need a parental consent form on file, and they may volunteer alone. Please check out the list of specific physical, mental, emotional, and supervision requirements for each volunteer opportunity.


Is There a Dress Code for Volunteers?

You need closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get furry and dirty. Please avoid flip-flops, bare-midriff shirts, or apparel with inappropriate sayings or logos. We need people to focus on the animals, not the people! Besides, we’d hate to ask someone to leave if dressed inappropriately.

Does the Humane Society of Greater Dayton Have a Summer Volunteer Program for Students?

We do not have any special summer programs for students. Our policies are the same year-round.

What If I Need Service Hours for a School or Community Project?

Nothing is different. You’ll attend the general Volunteer program. When you complete the service, you can get a signed copy of your hours served.

Note: Time spent in the open house and training and practice with a mentor does not count toward service hours completed. Space is limited, so we might not be able to accommodate all requests. Be sure to allow time to complete orientations, training sessions, and service by the required date.

What If I Have Court-Ordered Community-Service Hours That I Need to Fulfill?

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.

Because we participate in this program, we are unable to serve people with court-ordered community service.

What If I Have a Community Group, Such as Girl Scouts, That Would Like a Tour and/or Presentation?

Go to our Group Tours page for a complete run down. Tours must be scheduled with our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@hsdayton.org or call us at (937) 262-5924.

What If I Would Like to Shadow an Employee at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton?

We wish that we could help with this. But we do not have a program that lets us fill those requests.