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Become A Volunteer


Volunteers at the Humane Society of Portage County provide immeasurable affection, devotion, and time to our animals. In return, they receive the unconditional love of animals who need the touch of a gentle hand, or the satisfaction of knowing that their volunteer work assisted us in providing food, comfort and veterinary care to animals in need.

We welcome anyone 18 years or older who would like to volunteer their time and is interested in making a difference. Persons under the age of 18 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

Because of the time involved in training and the fast paced environment the shelter is, we ask that volunteers be able to commit to 4 hours of service per month for a 3 month commitment to the shelter.  A 3 month commitment can take on many forms and we will work with interested individuals to develop a schedule that works for both parties.  Current volunteers average 4 hours per month and shifts are offered daily 8:00-5:00 PM & 7:00-9:00PM or Saturdays and Sundays 8:00-3:00 PM.

We look forward to welcoming you to our volunteer team!  If you have any further questions about the volunteer program, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer.coordinator@hspcwi.org.

Click Here to read Volunteer FAQ's

Click Here to access our online Volunteer Application Form

Click Here to access a copy of the Release of Liability Form

Click Here to Schedule Your Orientation

Common Duties for all shelter volunteer positions

  • Assist HSPC staff as needed

  • Follow all instructions given by an HSPC staff member

  • Always read and adhere to appropriate signs and cage cards

  • Notify an HSPC staff member about any medical or behavioral issues noticed in a shelter animal

Common Qualifications for all shelter volunteer positions

  • 18 years or older (some positions may allow lower ages when supervised by a parent or guardian)

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation

  • Ability to work independently

  • Need to be responsible and dependable

  • Willing to adhere to HSPC policies/procedures/protocols

  • Need to have proof of an up-to-date tetanus vaccination
    (do not need to have in order to attend orientation)

Common Directions for all shelter volunteer positions

  • Wear appropriate clothing including full-length pants and closed-toe shoes

  • Enter starting and finishing volunteer time

  • Check in at the front desk during business hours

  • If the shelter is closed, please come to the side door on the parking lot side of the building and ring the doorbell

  • Do not hesitate to ask questions of any HSPC staff member – they are available to ensure you have an enjoyable and fulfilling volunteer experience

  • Click here to see a directory of our current volunteer opportunities

  • If you would like to become a volunteer, please complete our web based Volunteer Application. 

After completing your training 
Click here to access our Volunteer Scheduling System