Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities to help at Hinsdale Humane Society are as varied as our large and dedicated group of volunteers. We look for volunteers who can help us provide consistency and routine for the animals in our care and are able to dedicate at least one long term, consistent day/hour each week. Read more and find an opportunity for you!

Immediate Needs

  • We are in need of Foster Care Families. As a Foster Care Family, you will house shelter animal(s) until ready for adoption. These animals are either recovering from illness, pregnant, not socialized, or are too young. HHS provides all necessary food, equipment, and medication. More information can be found on our Foster Care Program page.
  • We are expanding our Pet Therapy programs and are looking for volunteers with people-friendly, well-behaved pets to join our Pet-a-Pet program visiting local area nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living and adult day care residents. Teams must provide their own pet and be available weekdays between 10:00am – 4:00pm.

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Working From Home

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. More information can be found on our Foster Care Program page.

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

Working with People 

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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: Comfortable with group speaking, able to stand for long periods of time, some basic lifting of bins/tens/tables

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

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;; flexible weekday hours, teaching experience helpful but not required

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

Time Commitment: Varies depending on scheduling of programs

Working with Computers

Administrative Support    

Img 0208Responsibilities: Responsibilities vary, but include: update the shelter’s databases at our Katherine Legge Staff office, assist with word processing/writing

Requirements: Basic computer knowledge of MS Word and Excel, excellent phone/communication skills, flexible weekday hours

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

Volunteer Hours: Tues- Thurs 10:00am-2:00pm

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

Working on your Own

Gardening

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

Training: 1) Volunteer Orientation Program

Time Commitment: Determined by volunteer

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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.

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

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

Time Commitment: Minimum of one consistent day/hour each week

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

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

Time Commitment: Minimum of one consistent day/hour each week

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

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