Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities to help at Hinsdale Humane Society are as varied as our large and dedicated group of volunteers. Read more and find an opportunity for you!

Working with Shelter Animals

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Responsibilities: Exercise and provide companionship for our shelter dogs by walking them outside on HHS property. Sometimes also provide grooming.

Requirements: 18 years of age to participate without limitation; 16 years of age with written permission of parent or guardian to walk easy temperament dogs

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Easy Temperament Dog Training 3) Optional Difficult Temperament Dog Training

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer, however we request at least four hours per month

Volunteer Hours: Monday: 12:00pm-4:00pm; Tuesday: 12:00pm-8:00pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

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Responsibilities: Socialize shelter cats, on-site, through playtime and grooming.

Requirements: 18 years of age to participate without limitation; 16 years of age with written permission of parent or guardian; 12 years of age to participate accompanied by parent or guardian

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Cat Socialization Training

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer, however we request at least four hours per month

Volunteer Hours: Monday: 10:00am-4:00pm: Tuesday: 2:00pm-8:00pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm.

Foster Care  

Joan with kittenResponsibilities: House shelter animal(s) until ready for adoption. Animals are either recovering from illness, pregnant, not socialized, or too young. HHS provides all necessary food, equipment, and medication.

Requirements: 18 years of age; Ability to care for animals with special needs; Ability to transport animal to veterinarian as needed

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Foster Care Training

Time Commitment: Varies depending on needs of animal

Vet Transportation

Responsibilities: Using your own car or the shelter’s van, drive shelter animals requiring spay or neuter surgery to local veterinarian.

Requirements: 18 years of age; Current driver’s license

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Vet Transportation Training

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

Volunteer Hours: Trips are usually scheduled in early morning

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Pet a Pet -- Visit residents in area retirement communities, nursing homes, assisted living and adult day care with your shelter-approved pet.

Requirements: Visit the Pet a Pet page of our Pet Therapy website.

R.E.A.D. ®(Reading Education Assistance Dogs) -- Visit local area libraries or reading programs with your Delta/Pet Partner registered pet to foster a love of reading in children.

Requirements: Visit the R.E.A.D. ® page of our Pet Therapy website.

CARe (Canine Assisted Rehabilitation) Therapy Program -- Visit Adventist Hinsdale Hospital (currently only the Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation Center) with your Delta/Pet Partner registered pet to assist children with physical rehabilitation in achieving therapy goals.

Requirements: Visit the CARe page of our Pet Therapy website.

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Shelter Reception Desk

Responsibilities: Greet the public in person and on the phone at the shelter’s reception desk.

Requirements: 21 years of age; Customer service skills

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Reception Desk Training

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

Volunteer Hours: Tuesday: 2:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

 

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Responsibilities: Assist the PR Special Events Director with annual events like Pet Walk, Bowling for Animals, and seasonal events.   There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available year round including: festivals, parades, events in the community and promotions at area pet stores.

 Requirements: 16 years of age or younger volunteering with a parent

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

 

Humane Education

Responsibilities: Assist our Humane Educator with conducting HHS School Programs, HHS Summer Camp, and shelter tours.

Requirements: 18 years of age; Desire to work with children; Teaching experience helpful but not required

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program  2) Training with staff member

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

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Website Maintenance

Responsibilities: Update the Adoptable Animals section of our website. This involves taking photos, uploading photos, and updating content on our website. Computer work can be done on shelter laptops or remotely on user’s computer.

Requirements: 18 years of age; Computer knowledge helpful

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Website Maintenance Training

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

Volunteer Hours: All work at shelter performed Monday: 12:00pm-4:00pm; Tuesday: 2:00pm-8:00pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm. Any remote computer work performed at volunteer’s discretion.

Administrative Support    

Img 0208Responsibilities: Update the shelter’s databases using shelter laptops.

Requirements: 18 years of age; Computer knowledge helpful

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Training with staff member

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

Working on your Own

Food Pantry Deliveries

Responsibilities: Using your own car, collect pet food and supplies from the shelter and deliver it to area residents who need a little extra help caring for their pets. 

Requirements: 18 years of age; Current driver’s license; Access to a car

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program 2) Food Pantry Training

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

Gardening

Responsibilities: Caring for the shelter’s gardens and grounds.

Requirements: 18 years of age

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

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Design your own volunteer opportunity. Do you have a special talent, such as photography or art? Tell us about it and we may be able to put it to good use.

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