Become a HSSC Volunteer!

**Please note, applicants and volunteers must be at least 14 years old. NO EXCEPTIONS.**

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Administration
  • Animal Transport
  • Behavior Training
  • Cat Care, Socialization, and Enrichment
  • Dishwashing
  • Dog Walking, Socialization, and Enrichment
  • Event Planning
  • Fostering
  • Fundraising and Community Donation Banks
  • Grooming
  • Laundry
  • Publicity
  • Rummage Sale
  • Small Animal Care, Socialization, and Enrichment
  • Speaker's Bureau and Education Programs
  • and MORE!

Click HERE to apply online!

How to become a Humane Society of Summit County Volunteer:

  1. Are you old enough?

    To volunteer at the Humane Society of Summit County, you MUST be at least 14 years old. Minors 14-15 years old must volunteer with a parent or guardian. Parent/guardian and minor (14-15 years old) must apply separately, attend a New Volunteer Orientation together, and volunteer together at all times.

    Not yet 14 years old? You can still help in many ways! Click here to learn how.

  2. Complete a Volunteer Application

    Filling out a volunteer application is the first step to becoming a HSSC volunteer. The easy-to-use online application automatically imports yours volunteer profile into our database. Click here to get started!

  3. Read the Volunteer Handbook

    All HSSC volunteers must first read the General Volunteer Handbook. Access to the handbook will be sent by email after your application is approved.

  4. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation

    Meet our Volunteer Manager, receive training, and participate in a HSSC facility tour. You will learn more about what we do and how your volunteer service will help! You will also receive an exclusive HSSC volunteer t-shirt and name badge. We consider volunteers who complete orientation dedicated to the program. A non-refundable and non-transferable $15 registration fee reserves your place in orientation. Payment can be completed online, over the phone, or in person prior to attending orientation. The New Volunteer Orientation typically lasts an hour and a half, but may be as long as two and a half hours. Orientation is held once per month on either a Saturday or Thursday. Further information regarding New Volunteer Orientation is sent by email following application approval.

  5. Maintain HSSC's Mandatory Volunteer Service Requirement

    All volunteers must be able to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month or 24 hours over 6 months. This requirement is intended to maintain an active volunteer program and keep our volunteers familiar with our animals, activities, and shelter policies.

    We respect your time and skills and strive to make your experience with us productive and rewarding. Although we require a time commitment, we encourage regular participation and value dependability in all our volunteers.

For more information about HSSC's Volunteer Program, contact Barb Root at or (330) 487-0333, ext. 232.

Learn about our Foster Parent Program!

Current Volunteers: Access HSSC's Volunteer Info Center by clicking HERE!

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