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Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer member of a team that saves the lives of over 10,000 animals every year!

A Humane Society Of Utah Volunteer Plays With A Dog On The Grass.We depend on our volunteers for many crucial tasks, and it is our goal at the Humane Society of Utah to provide a fulfilling volunteer experience for each volunteer. Volunteer opportunities allow our volunteers to work side-by-side with staff as we work to save the lives of more than 7,000 homeless pets each year.


Why are volunteers so important? 

Volunteers assist us every day as we work tirelessly to provide for the animals in our care.
  • They provide direct animal support
  • Help educate our community
  • Provide support for our staff
  • Assist in fundraising efforts
  • Help complete important projects throughout the shelter
  • Help showcase our adoptable animals
  • Assist with events
  • And much more!

Our volunteers donate more than 20,000 hours each year, allowing us to save more lives.

What kind of Volunteer Programs do we offer?

We offer volunteer opportunities for a variety of needs, including general volunteer opportunities, event volunteering, court-ordered community service, and civil and corporate group volunteer projects. We even have a reading program for our younger supporters!
If you are interested in learning more about joining the Utah Humane Society Volunteer Program, please read our Volunteer Program FAQ’s.

To get started

Go to the Humane Society of Utah Volunteerhub to create your new volunteer account.
Once you have created your account, you will have access to sign up to attend a New Volunteer Safety Training and Orientation.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, contact our Volunteer Department.

Court-Ordered Community Service

To get started as a court-ordered community service volunteer at the Humane Society of Utah, you will first need to contact our Volunteer Department. We will email you back with a link to our court-ordered community service information page (please allow 2-3 business days for a response) where you will need to create a volunteer account and schedule to attend one of our bi-monthly court-ordered community service orientations.
Court-Ordered Community Service Requirements:
  • Interested community service volunteers must attend an orientation and have their charges approved before starting their volunteer work.
  • The minimum age for court-ordered community service volunteers at Utah Humane is sixteen (16) years old. 
  • You MUST bring your court documents with you to your scheduled orientation. We will not accept charges that are violent, sexual, or animal-related. We will accept drug or theft charges provided they are Class B or C Misdemeanors only.


What if volunteering isn’t the right fit for me, but I still want to help the animals? 

Don’t worry! Volunteering is just one of the many ways that you can get involved and help save lives. You could try fostering a pet, which allows you to open up your home to an animal in need. You can donate money or supplies from our wish list, such as food, treats, cat litter, toys and other goods that help us to provide the best care for pets in the shelter. Sharing our adoptable pets on your social media channels can also help us to find homes for animals while helping to educate people on the importance of adoption. However you chose to help, we appreciate your support!
Choosing Your Volunteer Commitment
Our volunteers give us their time and support, and in turn, we want to lead the way in skill-building volunteer opportunities. This means that our volunteers will be able to do much more than simply walk dogs, clean litter boxes, or clean bungalows. We want to give our volunteers an opportunity to work side by side with our staff and learn skills that they can take with them beyond Utah Humane. We are excited to announce our new volunteer opportunities and schedule. Each volunteer will have the opportunity to decide what level of involvement and commitment they would like to make. We now have 3 different tiers of volunteer opportunities:
Tier One Commitment Level - All volunteers will automatically receive access to Tier One Opportunities once they have attended a New Volunteer Safety Training and Orientation. There is no shift commitment with any of these positions, volunteers may sign up for these shifts as their schedule permits. Here are the Tier One Commitment Level opportunities:
  • Housekeeping Shifts - Assist Humane Society of Utah staff with daily cleaning and upkeeping duties.
    • Monday - Saturday 8-10 am, 4:30-6:30 pm
    • Sunday - 8-10 am
  • Special Events - Assist Humane Society of Utah at our many special events throughout the year, including Bark at the Moon, Picture Your Pets with Santa, Wags to Wishes Gala, and more.
    • These shifts are scheduled and posted on VolunteerHub as the event approaches. Shift times, duties, and shift length will vary depending on the event.
Tier Two Commitment Level - These volunteer positions will offer volunteers a chance to train to work directly with the adoptable animals and HSU staff. Due to the increased training that these volunteers will go through, and our focus on providing our animals with the consistent care they deserve, these volunteer opportunities require a recurring weekly shift commitment for 6 months. Here are the Tier Two Commitment level opportunities:
  • Dog Care Volunteers - Shifts available every day
    • Morning Dog Care Shift - 8-10 am - Assist with breakfast, clean kennels, morning potty break, clean bedding, and water
    • Afternoon Dog Care Shift - 12:30-2:30 pm - Enrichment activities, spot clean kennels, replace soiled bedding, fill waters
    • Evening Dog Care Shift - 4-6 pm - Assist with dinner, evening potty break, spot clean kennels, replace any soiled or torn bedding, fill waters
  • Cat Care Volunteers - Shifts available every day
    • Morning Cat Care Shift - 8-10 am - Assist with morning wet food, clean bedding, water and litter boxes
    • Afternoon Cat Care Shift - 12:30 - 2:30 - Enrichment time, spot clean litter boxes, ensure bedding and water are clean
    • Evening Cat Care Shift - 4-6 pm - Assist with dinner, ensure bedding and water are clean, spot clean litter boxes
  • Small Animal Care Volunteers - Shifts available every day
    • Morning Small Animal Care Shift - 9-11 am Sunday-Thursday and 10-12 Friday-Saturday - Deep clean enclosures, assist with morning feeding, clean bedding
    • Evening Small Animal Care Shift - 4-6 pm - Assist patrons, spot clean enclosures, clean bedding, refill water and Timothy Hay​
  • New Opportunity Transfer and Intake Volunteer - Assist the transfer team in preparing and caring for new animals coming in from other shelters by preparing kennels, unloading animals, giving physicals and vaccinations, photographing each animal, and getting animals settled into their kennel
    • The schedule will vary depending on our transfer schedule. The Transfer Coordinator will communicate with these volunteers to inform them of upcoming transfers and needs. Instead of a weekly shift commitment, it requires a 8 hour per month commitment.
  • Adoption Greeter - Greet and answer patron questions, check-in patrons that are interested in interacting with an adoptable animal, check dogs in and out, look up adoptable animals in Chameleon. Please note, due to the forward-facing nature of this position volunteers will need strong customer service skills to be successful. We will work with volunteers to find a different opportunity if it turns out not to be a good fit.
    • Monday - Thursday - 5-7 pm
    • Friday - 3-5 & 5-7 pm
    • Saturday - 11-1,1-3,3-5 & 5-7 pm
    • Sunday -  3-5 & 5-7 pm
  • Volunteer Driver - Volunteers will assist in both long drives for transfers as well as local pickups of animals or donations. Must supply a clean driving record and be put on the Humane Society of Utah insurance prior to starting. This opportunity is available for volunteers 25 and older.
    • The schedule will vary based on needs and times of transfer or donation pick up.
Tier Three Commitment Level - These positions are advanced volunteer positions, offering a wonderful opportunity for skill-building, but will not be an appropriate fit for all volunteers. We will notify Tier Three volunteers of opportunities by email as they become available. Due to the advanced nature of these volunteer opportunities, interested volunteers will apply and interview for the position they are interested in. Volunteers that are interested in our Tier Three opportunities will not have access to any additional shifts, instead, they will be notified when we are accepting applications for any Tier Three Opportunities. If you want to notified of any of the opportunities below, please let Jenn know at your orientation or by email. Here are the Tier Three Commitment level opportunities:
  • Animal Care Assistant Volunteer - Assist the Animal Care Staff with care for all Utah Humane animals, including the animals that are preparing to go up to the adoption floor.
    • Morning Animal Care Shift 7-10 am - Assist with morning monitoring, morning meds, and transporting animals to surgery
    • Afternoon Animal Care Shift 2-4 pm - Assist with afternoon meds, return animals from surgery and monitor their post-surgery condition, enter animal notes into Chameleon
  • Admissions Volunteer - Work with Utah Humane staff to perform physical exams, give vaccinations, conduct surrender interviews
    • Schedule TBD
  • Adoptions Counselor Volunteer - Assist Adoption staff with processing adoptions quickly and efficiently
    • Sunday - Thursday - 3-5 & 5-7 pm
    • Friday - 4-6 & 6-8 pm
    • Saturday - 11-1, 1-3, 3-5, & 5-7 pm
  • Behavior and Training Volunteer - Assist with dog playgroups, animal evaluations, and assessments, ensure that orange collar dogs are getting the time and training they need to improve their behavior.
    • Schedule TBD
  • Grooming Volunteers - Use the Humane Society of Utah Groom Room to ensure adoptable animals are free of matted or dirty and encrusted fur. Grooming experience is required.
    • Schedule TBD
  • Photography Volunteers - Assist with photographing adoptable animals in the style approved by the Humane Society of Utah. Volunteers will need to provide their own approved camera equipment. Requires a resume/portfolio
    • Weekly recurring shift requirement, to be determined after the volunteer has been approved
  • Foster Care Parent- Provide a temporary home for the following types of animals: Mama cats or dogs with kittens or puppies too young to be placed for adoption. Orphan kittens or puppies, without a mama, in need of bottle-feeding. (We supply the milk replacement formula). Kittens or puppies who are weaned but still need several weeks in a home before they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and placed in adoptions. Sick or injured animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, small pocket pets) that need time to rest and receive medication in a home. Foster homes are also needed for adult dogs and cats that need socializing. Sometimes, these animals are just kennel-shy and don’t show well at the shelter. Other animals don't do well at the shelter and benefit from TLC in a foster home. Click here for more information.
Youth Supporter Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in getting your family involved in supporting Utah’s homeless pets. Due to the nature of our work here, our volunteer program minimum age is 12 years old, but that doesn’t mean that our younger supports can’t get involved. Here are some ideas that you can do as a family to help the animals at Utah Humane:
  • Read to cats - bring in a few of your favorite books and spend some time reading to the cats in our colony rooms. This is great socialization for our cats, especially the shy ones. You do not need to set up a time or check in with anyone to read to the cats. Kitty City is open to the public every day, 10-7. Please note: kids under 16 must be supervised by an adult while reading to the cats.
  • Organize a donation drive - work together as a family to organize a food/donation drive. Because we are a local, private nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, we rely on the generosity of our community to help provide the daily supplies we need to operate our facility and care for the thousands of homeless animals we receive each year. You can organize a donation drive to help us gather the supplies used every day here at the shelter. View our Donation Wish List to give you an idea of the types of supplies can help.
  • DIY treats and toys - make healthy treats in your own home to share with the adoptable animals. Here are some recipes to get you started.
Corporate Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Program FAQs

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

Our volunteer program starts at 12 years old. Volunteers 12-15 must have an adult that joins the volunteer program with them. They will attend all training and shifts together, working side-by-side as a volunteer duo. Volunteers 16 and old can volunteer by themselves. For safety reasons we are not able to make exceptions for volunteer ages.

What do volunteers do?

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities here. The most common volunteer need we have is for cat, dog, and small animal care, where volunteers are trained to work directly with our adoptable animals. We also have volunteer opportunities for special events, greeting patrons, office work assistance, and more that become available as needed. Please click here for the full volunteer program structure.

Is there a commitment requirement to volunteer?

Yes, depending on the volunteer position. We believe it’s important that all of our volunteers receive complete training to work safely with the animals here. This is why we have each of our animal care volunteers complete a 2-hour orientation and two 2-hour training shifts. Due to the amount of staff time we dedicate to training our volunteers, we ask our animal care volunteers to commit to a weekly 2-hour shift for 6 months. Greeter, behavior volunteers, and other positions that work hands on with the animals also have this requirement. Hands-off opportunities such as house keeping and volunteering at our event don’t require extra training so they only have the commitment of the shift(s) you sign up for.

Can I just stop by and volunteer for a few hours if I have some free time?

To make sure that all of our volunteers have the knowledge to interact with the animals here in a way that is safe for both them and the animal, we are not able to offer impromptu one-time volunteer opportunities.  

Why is there a $20 fee to volunteer with you?

It takes a lot of money to offer a volunteer program, including staff salaries, paying for the volunteer database, volunteer supplies, volunteer t-shirts, etc. The $20 t-shifts and application fee helps us to offset the cost of running the volunteer program allowing more money to go directly to caring for the animals.

Can I complete my Court Ordered Community Service hours there?

We are happy to offer a Court-Ordered Community Service Volunteer Program. We are approved to take most Class B and C misdemeanors, with the exception of any charges relating violence, animal cruelty, or are sexual in nature. Please click here for additional information and sign up instructions for our Court-Ordered Community Service Program. Please note, there is no fee for this program.

My child is under 12 and wants to help the animals, what can they do?

There are few ways our younger supporters can get involved. Our Happy Tails Reading Program allows elementary school age children to come in and read to our adoptable cats, providing both enrichment for our cats and a learning opportunity for the kids. You can sign up in person anytime our adoption center is open. An adult supervisor is required for any children participating in our Happy Tails Reading Program. Our youth supporters can work with their family to organize a donation drive or make DIY toys and treats to bring in to the shelter. Here is our Donations Wish List and recipes for homemade treats for inspiration.

How do I set up a group volunteer opportunity for my school or community group?

There are three ways for community or school groups to get involved. We offer onsite group volunteer projects which includes a tour of our adoption center and a project, such as landscaping or assisting with donations. We also offer offsite opportunities, such as making karanda beds or toys for the animals. Once you have completed the project we set up a time to have your group come in to drop it off and go on tour of our adoption center. Please note, if you want to do a project that requires supplies such as making DIY toys, blankets, or karanda beds, we can supply instructions but you would be responsible for providing the supplies. For more information or to schedule a group volunteer opportunity please email
Our Humane Education Department also offers virtual education presentations for youth school and community groups at no charge. For more information or to schedule a presentation please email

How do I set up a group volunteer opportunity for my work?

We offer a variety of corporate volunteer opportunities here for groups up to 15 people.  Please click here to see our Corporate Volunteer Experiences pamphlet. These experiences require a donation that goes towards supporting our life-saving programs, as well as the supplies needed for your projects. For more information or to schedule a group volunteer opportunity please email

What if volunteering isn’t the right fit for me but I still want to help the animals?

Don’t worry! Volunteering is just one of the many ways that you can get involved and help save lives. You could try fostering a pet, which allows you to open up your home to an animal in need. You can donate money or supplies from our wish list, such as food, treats, cat litter, toys and other goods that help us to provide the best care for pets in the shelter. Sharing our adoptable pets on your social media channels can also help us to find homes for animals while helping to educate people on the importance of adoption. However you chose to help, we appreciate your support!