Want to Volunteer?

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

MUST be at least 14 years old to apply and Volunteer- NO EXCEPTIONS.
New Volunteers: Click Here to Complete the Volunteer Application


Current Volunteers: Click Here for the Volunteer Information Center


Foster Parent: Click Here to Complete the Foster Parent Application/Contract

How to become a PHSGA Volunteer:

  1. Be of Age

    To volunteer at PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, you MUST be at least 14 years old. Minors ages 14-16 must attend a New Volunteer Orientation session with a parent or guardian and Volunteer with that 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 a volunteer profile into our system. Click here to fill out the volunteer application. 

  3. Read the Volunteer Handbook (Part 1)

    All PHSGA volunteers must first read the general volunteer handbook. The handbook includes general information on PHSGA and the volunteer program. This part of the orientation process is meant to give information on who we are and what we do and to allow prospective volunteers to determine if PHSGA is the right organization for them. Information on viewing this handbook is sent after the application is submitted.  

  4. Complete an Onsite Tour & Training (Part 2)

    This portion of the orientation process is the final step in the volunteer process. This part consists of a tour of the facility, and training for volunteer assignments. We consider volunteers who register for this portion dedicated to the program. The training session usually lasts an hour and a half, but may be as long as two and a half hours. Training Sessions are held once per month on either a Saturday (11am) or a Thursday (6pm). 

    We charge a non-refundable $15 orientation fee that reserves a place in the training session. The required volunteer t-shirt and name badge are included at no extra charge. Registration and payment for this fee can be handled online, over the phone with our volunteer coordinator, or in our shelter at any time prior to the orientation date. Information on registering for the part is sent once the volunteer’s application is approved.

  5. Be able to complete our 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 is to maintain a strong Volunteer force and keep you familiar with the animals and activities at the shelter.

    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 on our volunteer program, contact Barb Root at broot@summithumane.org or (330) 487-0333, ext. 232.


*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