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Be a Hero

We have flexible opportunities for anyone’s schedule. Volunteer when you want, and choose a way to help that’s best for you. Whether it’s hands-on activities with our pets, clerical support, or events and education participation, we have a place for you.

*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.

Learn how to become a volunteer Sign up to become a volunteer Volunteer Center

Volunteer FAQs

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.

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.

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

Sunday 8:30 AM–2:00 PM

Monday 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Tuesday through Friday 8:30 AM–6:00 PM

Saturday 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

These hours are not adoption hours for the public.

Yes! Besides coming to our Nicholas Road facility, volunteers can help at offsite adoption events on evenings and weekends. You can bake treats for the Animal Snackers Bakery at the PNC 2nd Street Market, or work at MeowZa! Cat Boutique (located in the Dayton Mall).

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 Breanne Woody, volunteer coordinator, at Reach her by phone at (937) 262-5924.

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 Jodi Rettig, volunteer coordinator, at for any scheduling issues. You may call her, too: (937) 262-5924.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Go to our Group Tours page for a complete run down. Tours must be scheduled with Breanne Woody, volunteer coordinator, at Reach her by phone at (937) 262-5924.

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

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