Volunteer Opportunities & Schedule
We have volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas! You can help in direct animal care, such as taking dogs out to potty twice daily or cleaning cat cages. You can serve as a cashier or help price items in the resale shop. Or you can work our special events or answer phones at the front desk.
Whatever your passions and skills are, we can help match you with an area of need!
Volunteer Onboarding Process
High School/College Class Requirements
The VHS gets hundreds of requests each year for students wishing to complete their volunteer hours for school at our shelter. While we always appreciate volunteer help, we must train our regular animal care volunteers extensively. As a nonprofit, we are unable to devote valuable staff time and resources to train those who will only serve a few hours for a short-term project.
Occasionally we will have short-term opportunities for students at the shelter. These are not duties that deal directly with the animals, but they are still vital in helping us care for them and maintain a pleasant facility for potential adopters!
They include tasks like:
We will also allow students to organize offsite fundraisers or supply drives for our animals and apply those hours toward their project.
All of our volunteers at the shelter must be at least 16 years of age. If you would like to discuss doing short-term volunteer hours for school, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] with AT LEAST 30 DAYS' NOTICE of when your hours are due to be completed. DON’T DELAY! We have very few of these opportunities throughout the year, and they fill up quickly. VHS reserves the right to turn away help at any time and volunteer hours for classes are not guaranteed.
Businesses & Groups
If your company, fraternity/sorority, or other group would like to volunteer together, we can usually accommodate requests made at least 30 days in advance. Our group volunteer opportunities are limited to 25 people at at time.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] to inquire about group volunteer opportunities!
Our #1 corporate volunteer opportunity every year is our West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Booth the first full week in October! Inquire about volunteering at the Fall Festival at [email protected]!
Scout Projects & Senior Projects
VHS is a popular place for local Scouts and high school seniors to complete their senior projects. While we appreciate the help and support from the community, we can only devote staff time & resources to a small number of projects each year. These projects are approved on a first-come first-served basis. Don’t procrastinate!
Some examples of current available projects are:
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] to inquire about any available Scout projects!
Court-Ordered Community Service
The VHS accepts volunteer help from participants in the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office Pre-Trial Diversion Program and select participants from other counties. This is not part of our regular volunteer program and court-ordered community service hours are not considered “volunteer” hours, whether for personal use or for school projects.
Community service help must come to the shelter and fill out a preliminary release Tuesday-Friday from 9 am – 6 pm CST before beginning hours. The following restrictions apply:
Additional information will be provided upon enrollment. Do not delay -- if you have hours to complete, start as soon as possible. VHS reserves the right to turn away help at any time due to lack of staff or available duties for community service help. Hours are never guaranteed.
For questions regarding Community Service hours, paperwork, or other issues, please contact Cyndi Hoon Donley at 812-426-2563 ext. 206 or [email protected].
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