COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Tuesday, March 17, the Beaver County Humane Society is closed to all visitors and non-active volunteers until further notice. We care deeply about the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and customers and, although this is a difficult decision to make, we believe it is the best thing to do for everyone’s welfare. Please check back here or on our Facebook page for updates.
Volunteers are an integral part of our operations and help to ensure our continued success. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer on their own. Volunteers as young as 10 can volunteer with a parent or legal guardian at all times in a limited capacity. Applicants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent/guardian signature on paper documents. We want to insure that you have a safe, comfortable and fun experience, so additional training may be provided based on particular tasks in which you choose to participate.
Ready to Volunteer?
Please complete an application first, either online or in person at the Beaver County Humane Society. Once your application is received by our Volunteer Coordinator, you will be contacted with our next available Orientation Class. Note: Walk-ins are not able to attend Orientation, you must reserve your spot ahead of time with the Volunteer Coordinator!
All new volunteers must attend a General Orientation. To handle animals, you must attend one of the immediately proceeding dog or cat orientations. Small animal orientations are offered upon request. Specialized training will be given as needed. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*New! P.A.W.S Student Program: Click here to learn more about P.A.W.S.
Already a volunteer? Click here to read the Volunteer Orientation Handbook. It contains important information that all volunteers, new and seasoned, should view.
SOME OF THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
'Eight Is Great' Finder Foster Program: Foster kittens until they reach adoptable age
Cat Care: Includes cleaning carriers, bowls and litter pans and scoops as well as socializing and grooming cats. After taking our specific cat cuddling class, cat cuddlers are able to assist staff on Sundays and Mondays from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM; Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM.
Dog Walking: Dog Walkers are needed each day of the week. After taking our specific dog walking class, dog walkers are able to come walk dogs on Sundays and Mondays from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM; Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
Dog Kennel: Cleaning dog bowls, helping with laundry and general cleaning and organization in the kennel areas.
Cat Kennel: Cleaning cat bowls, helping with laundry and general cleaning and organization in the kennel areas.
Vet Surgery Technician Assistant: Tasks that are essential to the surgical department in a fast-paced shelter environment.
Cat Isolation Volunteer: Care for sick cats in isolation
Clerical: Assembling medical folders, data entry and informational packets that are used for adoptions and other general office help.
Drivers: Supporting the Shelter and Thrift Store by picking up and dropping off donations from various locations.
Fundraising Activities: Participate in many diverse fundraising events that include a variety of activities such as selling Anderson Candies, volunteering at our Thrift Store in Beaver Falls, selling raffle tickets and hoagies or distributing and collecting donation banks at local businesses.
Fostering Animals: Open your home to shelter animals that need a safe, loving environment to thrive and get prepared for their forever homes. View our Foster Services/Foster Requirements here.
Greeters: Includes directing our customers to the proper areas during busy times. After taking our volunteer orientation class, greeters are able to work during our normal business hours. Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:00 pm - 7 pm and Saturdays from 11 am - 4:00 pm are the times we need greeters most.
PetSmart Adoptions and Cat Care: Clean cat cages at our PetSmart and Petco locations. Coordinate with the staff to prepare cats and transport them to PetSmarts in New Castle, Monaca and Cranberry adoption centers.
PetSmart Adopt-a-thons: Participate in off-site adoption events that happen throughout the year. Adoptable animals need transporting and care while participating in these events. Also, volunteers that can answer questions and help our community are also needed.
Retail Store Clerk: Includes working in our store during normal business hours. Assist with inventory and restocking. Knowledge of our retail store items is necessary.
Special Events: Participate in special events such as our annual Tails on the Trails Pet Walk, which is held each September in Brady's Run Park or programs such as our Rabies Clinics typically held one Saturday morning per month from 8:30 am to 11am throughout the year.
THANK YOU for supporting these projects and your interest in helping the animals and community of Beaver County!!!!