The human compassion we have for our animal friends is almost immeasurable. A perfect example is shown in the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and energy to Humane Society of West Michigan every single year.
If you too are interested in volunteering with us, thank you. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded. No matter how you volunteer, you will play an important role in helping shelter animals find their forever homes.
Ways to Volunteer:
Dog Volunteer: Come in and socialize, walk, and enrich the lives of shelter dogs
Cat Volunteer: Socialize and pet shelter cats. Help cats de-stress
Small Animal Volunteer: Socialize rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals
Adoption Counselor: Work with all animals and become a matchmaker between pets and humans
Other: Administration help, data entry, help with laundry, greeting, vaccine clinics and so much more
How to Start Volunteering:
Orientation and training sessions are held three times a year: - sign up for orientation 1 month prior by emailing our Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orientations are held during the following months:
February - FULL June October Volunteers are asked for a 6 month+ commitment and a minimum of 6 hours per month. Volunteers are also asked to have a set schedule.
Orientation and training are required before you can begin volunteering.
Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older prior to the orientation in order to become a regular volunteer.
Involvement for Children:
While children under the age of 16 cannot volunteer regularly, Humane Society of West Michigan does have several youth programs available! These programs include animal interactions, games, activities, and humane education. Each program has different age requirements.
Girl Scout Badge Days
For descriptions on youth programs and how to sign-up, please clickHERE.
Volunteer as a Group:
Groups are typically enlisted to help with grounds maintenance tasks. Including: weeding, painting, laundry, general cleaning etc.
These opportunities do not require the regular volunteer orientation
Petco Cats Volunteers are responsible for feeding, cleaning, and caring for our cats housed at Petco on Alpine. This is a one day each week commitment that needs to be done between 8-10am. PetSmart Cats Volunteers are responsible for feeding, cleaning, and caring for our cats housed at PetSmart in Kentwood. This is a one day each week commitment that needs to be done between 8-10am. Current openings for this position: Mondays For more information on these volunteer opportunities, please email the Off-Site Adoption Coordinator, Stephanie, at email@example.com
Do it Yourself Service Projects:
Students who are interested in earning service learning hours but are not interested in our Youth Programs can organize one of the following donation drives to earn service learning hours.
Item Drive: With permission from a parent/guardian and your school you can set up a donation drive for items needed for our shelter animals. Items that Humane Society of West Michigan is in need of can be found on our wish list. Items in BOLD are in high demand. Once items have been collected you can donate them to Humane Society of West Michigan's shelter pets. Students MUST keep a log of all hours in order to earn service learning hours. The hours need to be approved by a humane educator and a parent/guardian or teacher.
Change War: With permission from a parent/guardian and your school arrange a change war between you and your classmates. Once all the change has been collected, the money can be donated to Humane Society of West Michigan's shelter pets. Students MUST keep a log of all hours in order to earn service learning hours. The hours need to be approved by a humane educator and a parent/guardian or teacher . DIY projects: If you are more hands on and crafty you can make feral cat housing units. Students MUST keep a log of all hours in order to earn service learning hours. The hours need to be approved by a humane educator and a parent/guardian or teacher.
Dropping off donations: Once the donation drive has been completed students can drop off their donations during our open business hours, Tuesday-Friday 12-7PM and Saturday-Sunday 11-4PM. No appointment needed.
Monetary donations of $100 or more can be picked up by Humane Society of West Michigan's humane educator and will include a presentation about our shelter along with a visit from one of our humane education dogs. Humane education dogs are Canine Good Citizen certified by an AKC certified trainer.
Humane Society of West Michigan 3077 Wilson Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 USA (616) 453 -8900 Adoptions@hswestmi.org
Photos By: AGL Photography, Lauren Riley, Sara Cozolino Photography, and Tailwagger Dog Photography