Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers working directly with animals are required to be over the age of 18, but there are still a variety of ways for young people to get involved at HHS and make a difference in the lives of our homeless pets. Read more about our youth volunteer opportunities below and fill out the interest form to get started.

If you are interested in our Humane Education programs for youth, please visit our Humane Education page.

Pawsitive Impact

Pawsitive Impact is a youth volunteer program for ages 13 - 14. The program seeks to prepare young adults for our Teenternship program (age 15) by entrusting them with various organizational tasks around the shelter once a week. The cost for this volunteer program is $20 per school year and can be paid by clicking the button below.

Pay Pawsitive Impact Fee

Once you have paid the volunteer fee, you will receive a link to sign up for a volunteer slot. Please sign up for a slot each week. We will have a maximum of 8 slots available every Wednesday afternoon from 4:30-6pm. Slots will become available 2 weeks prior to the date on which the opportunity is available. Please complete our Youth Volunteer Waiver form using the link in your fee payment confirmation email. This form should be completed for each child in the program, and must be completed prior to volunteering.


Want to be more consistently involved with our mission? Check out our Teenternship opportunities below:

Kennel Attendant (15+) helps shelter staff with opening and closing procedures including disinfecting kennels, cleaning litter boxes, feeding and watering cats, providing fresh blankets and toys, laundry and more.

Please fill out the interest form below if you are interested in our Teenternship opportunities.

Interest Form

Junior Board

Junior Board is a group of dedicated high school aged students that plans events and fundraisers for Hinsdale Humane Society, and promotes our adoptable animals and programming!

In order to be eligible, applicants must have completed 12 hours of volunteer service at HHS in any capacity (youth volunteer days, Compassionate Kids Corps, Animal Advocates Club, Events, Teenternships, etc.)

The Junior Board will meet once a month in person and once a month virtually. Active members must attend 2/3 of all the meetings as well as continue volunteering at HHS for at least 2 hours per month in any capacity. Active members must also participate in at least 5 Junior Board events throughout the year.

For questions and application information please email: Humane Education Manager