Want to Volunteer?

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

Prospective Volunteers: Click Here for the Volunteer Application


Applicants: Click Here to Register for Volunteer Orientation


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. You may click here to access the application.

  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. If you applied in the shelter and handed us a paper application, you may click here to schedule your orientation session.

  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 at least 24 hours per year. 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 mgelender@summithumane.org.

Current Volunteer Orientation Dates*:

*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, Pawsibilities Volunteer



Group Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a group. One-time group volunteer projects are intermittently available. Projects do not include animal contact and generally focus on cleaning and organizing.

For questions, please contact the Special Event & Volunteer Coordinator at 330-487-0333 ext. 232.

            Student Projects 

We are very fortunate to receive many inquiries about community service, and know many schools require students to complete a specific number of community service hours. We are grateful you want your community service hours to benefit the animals in our care. Because of the large number of students in need of service hours, we are unable to accommodate them onsite outside of our traditional volunteer program.

For students who need a short-term project to fulfill service hours requirements or kids who are under 14 years old, below is a list of project ideas.

• Bake treats (Click here for sample recipe)

• Make homemade dog toys and cat toys

• Collect items for the shelter from our wish list

• Organize a small fundraising event, bake sale, car wash, etc. and use the funds to donate to PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron (for more information, click here) 



Report Abuse!

If you know of an animal that is abused, abandoned or neglected, a Humane Officer is on call between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.

Call us at 330-487-0333, Option 3