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Become a Volunteer

We Have a Place For You.

Our volunteers are special people. They invest time, energy, and emotion to help animals that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Their goal and ours is to make sure that animals gets the love, care, and dignity they deserve. So we’re always in need of special people to help us care for Dayton’s animals. Join us and see what a little time and effort can accomplish.

Sign up for orientation

The Journey:

  1. It all begins with Open House (approximately 90 minutes): Sign up to attend an open house. All open houses are held at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton facility located at 1661 Nicholas Road. The open house discussion begins with our mission, the value of our volunteer program, and concludes with a tour of the shelter. When signing up for an open house, please sign each attendee up separately as seats are limited.
  2. Get Basic Training (approximately 1 hour): We provide all volunteers a foundation of training that showcases safety, sanitation, and animal basics, such as reading body language. Meet the shelter staff members that you will be working closely with to accomplish HSGD goals.
  3. Take an Online Quiz (approximately 30 minutes): All volunteers-in-training MUST complete an online quiz to show proficiency in shelter safety. Be sure to complete this quiz within one week after completing basic training. A link to this quiz is provided at Basic Training.
  4. Become an Official Volunteer (approximately 45 minutes): You’re in—an official volunteer! Now meet with our Volunteer Coordinator to set-up your volunteer account, receive your t-shirt and name badge, and complete liability forms. Then discuss the option to sign-up for an optional animal training session.
  5. Optional Animal Mentor Training (approximately 90 minutes): All official volunteers are welcome to attend classes with our skilled volunteer mentors. These classes allow volunteers to interact with HSGD animals and assist with shelter cleaning, training, enrichment, and much much more!

Volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton requires a strong commitment. 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.

*You must be at least 10 years old to attend. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the open house. Volunteers under the age of 16 must complete the volunteer training process with an adult, and be accompanied by that adult each time they come to volunteer.

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Group 274
$25 Donation

Helps with food and other vital supplies for homeless pets

Group 275
$50 Donation

Can provide medical care for a sick and injured animal

Group 276
$75 Donation

Can support rescuing
at-risk pets

Group 277
$100 Donation

Can provide spay/neuter surgeries to control the pet population

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