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Volunteer FAQs

Why Does It Take So Long to Become a Volunteer?

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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.

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

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.

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

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,  if you cannot attend one of the scheduled sessions. You may also reach her by phone, at 937/262-5924.

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.

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

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.

What If I Am Under 10 and I Still Want to Get Involved?

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. 

Is There a Dress Code for Volunteers?

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.

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 summer policies are the same: age limit
(10 years) and parental/guardian supervision, if necessary.

Do I Have to Volunteer a Certain Number of Hours?

Volunteers are required to volunteer a minimum of four hours per month and make a commitment of six months. This ensures that:

  • Volunteers have a good understanding of Humane Society of Greater Dayton policies
    and procedures
  • The well-being of the animals in our care is promoted through consistent care

The four hours may be split as necessary throughout the month, to fit your schedule.

When Can I Volunteer?

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.

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

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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).

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

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.

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. As the Humane Society participates in this program, we are unable to accommodate other individuals with court-ordered community service.

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

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 You may also reach her by phone, at 937/262-5924.

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

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 You may also reach her by phone, at 937/262-5924.

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

Unfortunately, we do not currently have a program in place that enables us to fill the many requests we receive for job shadowing.

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