Want to Volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to help animals get ready for their forever homes!

We are currently revamping the volunteer program and are not accepting new volunteers at this time. Please click here to notify us of your interest in volunteering. We will send you information on getting started once we're ready to accept new volunteers. Thank you for your patience and we hope to get the opportunity to work with you soon!


Current Volunteers: Click Here for the Volunteer Information Center


PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron is always in need of Volunteers! Volunteers are critical to our daily operations, and help provide the quickest way for our animals get ready for their forever homes.


How to become a PHSGA Volunteer & Volunteer Guidelines:

  1. Be of Age

    To volunteer at PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, you must be at least 14 years old. Minors under 16 must volunteer with a parent or guardian at all times.

  2. Fill out the volunteer application

    Filling out a volunteer application is the first step to becoming a PHSGA volunteer. The easy to use online application automatically imports your volunteer profile into our system. The volunteer application is currently unavailable.

  3. Attend General Volunteer Orientation

    All PHSGA volunteers must complete volunteer orientation. Our orientation sessions usually last an hour and give you general information about who we are, what we do, and the policies/procedures volunteers must follow while serving with us. Orientations are held once per month on either a Saturday (11am) or a Thursday (6pm). Exact dates and times are shown below. We charge a non-refundable $12 orientation fee that covers your t-shirt, name badge, and reservation in the orientation session. You may register and pay this fee online, over the phone with our volunteer coordinator, or in our shelter at any time prior to the orientation date. You may schedule for orientation by clicking the link in the confirmation email you received after completing your application. 

  4. Complete species-specific training

    Following volunteer orientation, there will be training sessions you can attend to work in different areas of our shelter. While these training sessions are optional to become a volunteer, they are required to work with our animals. We hold these training sessions several times throughout the year and you can schedule yourself for them at any time through the Volunteer Information Center.

  5. Be able to complete our Mandatory Volunteer Service Requirement

    We ask for a commitment of 12 hours per 6 month period. We respect your time and skills and strive to make your experience with us productive and rewarding. Although we require a small time commitment, we encourage regular participation and value dependability in all our volunteers. We also have daily opportunities to assist the kennel staff to quickly care for our animals. These times are 7:30a.m. to 9:30a.m daily. We will be counting on you! 

For more information on our volunteer program, contact Marissa Gelender, Special Event & Volunteer Coordinator at (330) 487-0333, ext. 232 or [email protected].


Current Volunteer Orientation Dates*:

We do not have any volunteers orientations scheduled at this time.

*You must submit an application and register before attending orientation. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron Wish List

"You'll get to experience the joy of adoptions, a puppy's first bath, the joy of a fresh grooming, the sparkle in a child's eye when they find the pet of their choice, and the memories go on. Not only that, but you get to hang out with a fun group of people who share the same interest as you. What could be better than that?!"

- Christina, PHSGA Volunteer