Volunteer Process

Join Our Cause, Get Involved

We are an organization powered by volunteers, caring people of all ages and backgrounds bound by a common love of animals. The Humane Society could not achieve its mission without the dedication of the more than 300 volunteers who donate their talent and time. We are always looking for animal-lovers who want to get involved. It’s a great way to make a difference and make new friends.


Volunteer Orientation

NOTE: Some orientation times have changed, so please review this page before attending an orientation.


Adult Volunteers (17+ years old):

To become a volunteer at HSMSC you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation where you will learn about HSMSC, our mission and services as well as the volunteer opportunities available. All volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer application, waiver of liability and commit to a minimum of 4 hours of service per month.

Adult Orientations are held the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. and the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Humane Society. If you are interested in socializing our cats, there will be an additional training.  Applications and waivers will be provided at orientation. It is not necessary to register or sign up in advance to attend the orientation.


Dog Walking Volunteers (17+ years old):

Help our dogs become more adoptable by giving them much needed exercise while using techniques that teach them behaviors that will help them get adopted and stay adopted. We color code our dogs and our volunteers to make sure the more difficult dogs are walked by more experienced volunteers.

Dog walkers must attend a special Level 1 dogwalking orientation AFTER attending a general volunteer orientation. Check the volunteer calendar for upcoming orientation classes.


KPAW Program (13 – 16 years):

The KPAW program (which stands for “Kids Promoting Animal Welfare”) is a unique volunteer program aimed at getting young people in our community interested in animal welfare.  In order to be accepted into the program, potential KPAW volunteers must attend a KPAW orientation, and then submit a fundraising plan to the Volunteer Manager for approval. The fundraising plan should be a way to raise money or donations for the HSMSC off-property, and could be a can drive at school, a bake sale, a neighborhood dog washing station, etc.  The fundraising plan must happen within the first three months of membership in the KPAW program.

KPAW Orientations are held the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Humane Society.  Volunteers must fill out an application and have a waiver of liability signed by a parent and pay $20 for their annual membership and t-shirt. KPAW orientation does require pre-registration, which is done by emailing amoore@memphishumane.org.

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