Volunteer Program

man-with-dog290by185We could not offer the many programs and services to help homeless pets without our many dedicated volunteers! Whether it’s in the capacity of walking dogs, socializing cats, assisting with office work, working at fundraisers, or helping to maintain our facility, volunteers are essential to sustain our shelter operations and support our mission in the community!

General Qualifications

  • Volunteers must be dependable and physically able to perform the agreed upon duties.
  • Willing to treat animals in a humane manner and advocate the HSLC mission and values.
  • Willing to learn and follow HSLC policies and procedures.
  • All volunteers must sign a release of liability form before volunteering.
  • We ask for a minimum of 4 hours per month in any capacity to remain an active volunteer.
  • Additional qualifications and/or training may apply for specific roles.


Age Requirements

We invite adults, 18 years and older to participate in our volunteer program.





Our volunteer program starts with an informational session to help you understand who we are and what our volunteer program  has to offer you. Should you decide that you would like to become a volunteer, you will need to take either a dog walking class or cat socialization class or both. Upon completion of training, we do ask for $10 from each participant on their first day of volunteering to help cover our costs of training . The informational session lasts about an hour and a half where we’ll give you an overview of our services, policies, operations and a tour of the shelter.




girl-dog-2Once you become a registered volunteer, you may volunteer in one or more of these areas and may even find additional ways to help. By sharing your time and talent, you can help improve the lives of animals while applying, developing, and gaining experience in a particular field. And, remember, every dollar we spare goes to animal care!

Animal Care

  • Cat Socializing and Enrichment
  • Dog Walking, Socializing, and Enrichment
  • Fostering
  • Animal Handling and Transport for Off-Site Events
  • Animal Handlers to Assist Photographer
  • Special Animal Care Skills

Shelter Operations and Maintenance

  • Cleaning and Laundry
  • Administrative or Clerical
  • Customer Service or Greeter
  • Building and Grounds Maintenance

Community Events & Fundraising

Having a presence at local community events gives us the ability to educate the public about what we do and what we are about. If you are a person who enjoys working with people, has a passion about our mission, and likes to be around people who feel the same, join our Community Events Team! For information on upcoming or past events, refer to our Events.

Humane Education

Educating the public on responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals is an essential part of our mission. While every volunteer can help spread these positive messages, a strong leadership role is needed to help plan, organize, and deliver these messages as opportunities arise such as conducting shelter tours, workshops, classes, and presentations at schools or adult community groups.

Professional Services

As a non-profit organization, we have the same need for professional services as any small business and are always looking for ways to minimize expenses through volunteer efforts. If you are willing to donate your time and talents for a special project or period of time, please talk to us!

  • Marketing, Communications, Public Relations
  • Graphic Design, Artistic Talents, Printing Services
  • Photography, Videography, Multi-media
  • Technical or Creative Writing, Story-telling
  • Web Site, Social Media,Computer Technology
  • Plumbing, Electrical, Construction, Remodeling, Landscaping
  • Legal Counsel, Accounting
  • Bring your ideas to us!

kittenFostering a pet can be a wonderful experience for you and your family. Your help enables us to provide the best possible outcome for the animals that need special care beyond the resources available at our shelter. Our biggest need is during “kitten season” — orphaned kittens under 8 weeks of age and nursing moms with babies need careful monitoring and a safe place to grow and develop before they can be adopted.

Fostering a pet requires the same responsible, loving care as a permanent adoptive home. In fact, it often can require even more compassion, experience, and specialized care for some pets, so we consider our Volunteer Foster Caregivers to be exceptional, but temporary homes for pets who need them most!

To qualify, you must become an HSLC Volunteer plus complete the Foster Home Application. Please call our shelter during business hours or contact us by email at fostering@humane-livingston.org for more information.

We offer a variety of tasks and flexibility, including weekday and weekend hours, to fulfill your obligation for court-appointed Community Service. Call (517) 552-8050 ext. 0 to set up a work schedule.