Become an HSSC Volunteer

**Please note, applicants and volunteers must be at least 18 years old. NO EXCEPTIONS.**

As a private non-profit organization, HSSC would not exist the way it does now without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. There are many ways you can volunteer with us, and we are always looking for new volunteers to get involved!

Please note: for volunteer roles with direct animal contact, a weekly commitment is required.

***Due to COVID-19, we have postponed all Volunteer Orientations until further notice.***

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application
  2. Applications will open soon! Completing a volunteer application allows us to create your volunteer file with all necessary information. Following approval of the application, you will receive an email detailing out the next steps to take to become a volunteer, including attending Volunteer Orientation, speaking with our Volunteer Coordinator, and attending specific training.

  3. Attend a Volunteer Orientation
  4. The first step to joining our volunteer team is to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Orientations are held at the Humane Society of Summit County. We will provide you with an overview of the HSSC, our mission, volunteering opportunities, and general volunteering guidelines.

    Orientation registration is required. The presentation, followed by a facility tour, will last about 90 minutes. We require a 15$ non-refundable fee due at the time of registration, which includes your t-shirt and nametag.

    *If unable to make orientation fee payment, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for waiver*

  5. Speak with Volunteer Coordinator
  6. Attend a 10–20-minute phone meeting with our Volunteer Coordinator to help decide your interest, discuss your availability, scheduling necessary role-specific trainings, guidance on using Volgistics to sign up for volunteering assignments, and answering any questions you may have!

  7. Schedule and Attend Specific Training for your Assignment
  8. We provide training to equip our volunteers with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your volunteer role. Depending on your role, training may be delivered in group sessions or on-the-job-training. These trainings can last anywhere between 60-90 minutes and are offered at the Humane Society of Summit County. Additional support is offered throughout your time volunteering with us from volunteer coaches and supervisors.

  9. Establish a Regular Schedule or Commitment for Your Assignment
  10. Utilizing a scheduling system allows us to anticipate when volunteers are available, and when we need to solicit more help. As we do rely on our volunteers to provide excellent animal care, those with assignments with duties relating to this will be required to have regular weekly scheduling abilities. Shifts are offered in 2-hour shifts, with the ability to sign up for multiple shifts in each day when additional help is needed.

    There are assignments offered that do not need a regular weekly commitment, but rather are need-based and event-driven such as volunteering with the Mobile Adoption Center, Events, and Fostering.

    For more information about HSSC's Volunteer Program, contact Marlo Wolfe, Volunteer Coordinator, at

    Learn about our Foster Program!

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    Volunteer Information Center

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