Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Walking Volunteers (18+ years old):

Help our dogs become more adoptable by giving them much needed exercise and using techniques that teach them behaviors that will help them get adopted and stay adopted. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older to volunteer as a dog walker. As a dog walker you will socialize, train, and exercise adoptable dogs by taking them on their daily walks. Services also include: cleaning, filling & passing out the enrichment toy known as KONGS, filling dog water bowls, folding laundry, scooping poop, and other general activities around the facility.

We color-code our dogs and our volunteers to ensure that the advanced dogs are walked by more experienced, specially trained volunteers. To become a dog walking volunteer, you MUST attend a Volunteer Orientation.

We ask that you purchase your volunteer supplies (yellow t-shirt and leash) at the time of your scheduled orientation or before your first day of volunteering. We do ask that you sign up in advance to attend the orientation as seats in the class are limited.


Cat Cleaning & Care (14+ years old):

Help our amazing cat care staff keep our kennels clean and our cats happy by volunteering for one of our cat cleaning shifts. We clean our cat habitat every morning beginning at 9am, including sanitizing and wiping down kennels, emptying litter boxes and refilling litter boxes, doing dishes, refilling food and water bowls, and doing laundry. This is an essential part of our daily work, and helps keep our feline residents comfortable and healthy. We also provide enrichment through playtime and socialization, to ensure that our cats have the best chance possible at a successful adoption.

We ask that you attend a new volunteer orientation and purchase your green volunteer t-shirt before your first shift volunteering in the cat habitat.


Foster Care

Fostering pets is a great way to get involved with our work at HSMSC from your own home! We place pets that are too young, or too ill, to be adopted in foster care placements. These animals may be injured, sick, abused, un-weaned, nursing mothers and their pups/kittens or those too young for adoption. The length of foster placements depend on the individual animal’s circumstances, and could range from two weeks to three months.

In general, we do not place young, healthy, ready for adoption animals in foster homes, and we are also not specifically a foster-to-adopt program, although foster parents are welcome to fill out an adoption application and be considered for a match if they decide they would like to adopt their foster pet. The Humane Society provides all medical treatment and any equipment needed while the pet is being fostered, and it is the foster’s responsibility to bring the pet in for regular appointments and check ups. For more information please see our Become a Foster Parent page.


Community Outreach & Development/Fundraising

Our Community Outreach department needs volunteers who are dedicated to our cause and can help with our Vaccination Clinics.

Our HSMSC Humane Education Program is geared towards education forums for children as well as adults in the community.  Trained volunteers with excellent presentation skills will conduct presentations on the humane treatment of animals, proper pet care and the importance of spaying/neutering pets.  Presentations will consist of age-appropriate, prepared curriculum’s made in classrooms, summer camps or other locations.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities within our Development Group.  We have fundraising events throughout the year that require positive, out-going volunteers to help us plan, set up, man booths and clearly communicate with the public as well as staff at these events.  We also offer the opportunity to participate in our Volunteer Development Committee consisting of a group of independent and dedicated volunteers who assist in raising funds and awareness for our mission.

If you would like to schedule a community outreach or education event, please email Kayla Hill at khill@memphishumane.org.

If you are interested in participating in a development or fundraising event, or would like to make a donation to HSMSC, please email Suzanne Cantwell at scantwell@memphishumane.org.


Administrative Assistance

For those that like to work behind the scene HSMSC is always in need of office assistance with tasks such as: answering phones, listening to voice mails, filing, data entry, mailers, etc.


Doggie Bank Collector

Volunteers place donation canisters at area locations, collect the money on a regular basis, and count and deliver the money to the Humane Society. This program is ideal for busy people who would love to help the Humane Society, but cannot schedule a regular commitment.


Building and Grounds Maintenance

HSMSC has a 23,000 square foot facility on 2 acres that requires daily cleaning, maintenance and landscaping.


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