Volunteer Opportunities

To keep our volunteers and staff safe and healthy, we have suspended our on-site volunteer opportunities until further notice.  Until we have a clearer picture about returning to normal operations, we are not training new volunteers.  If you would like to be contacted when we start training new volunteers, please email hhooke@memphishumane.org.  Thank you for your interest!

Canine Care

Volunteers help enhance the lives of our dogs and ultimately increase their chances for adoption.  Canine Care ranges from socializing puppies, the upkeep of our kennels and includes our dedicated group of dog walkers that provide exercise, grooming and basic “good manners” training on a regular basis.

Dog Walkers help our dogs become more adoptable by giving them much needed exercise, grooming, and potty walks, 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 be a minimum of 18 years old and first attend a general volunteer orientation followed by a Dog Walking orientation.


Feline Friends

Cat volunteers provide essential human interaction for our cats with grooming, playing and cuddling to help enrich our cats and kittens during their stay and increase their chances for a forever home.  Cat volunteers will also work with our staff to learn the proper cleaning methods to assist in our Cat House.


Foster Care

Volunteers foster the HSMSC dogs and cats in their homes that are not yet ready for adoption. These animals may be injured, ill, abused, un-weaned, nursing mothers and their pups/kittens or those too young for adoption. The length of fostering would depend on the individual animal’s circumstances, and could range from two weeks to three months. The Humane Society will provide medical treatment and any equipment needed while the pet is being fostered. For more information please see our Become a Foster Parent page.


Community Outreach

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.


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.


Community Service Days

This is a one-day volunteer opportunity for work, school or social groups interested in coming out to HSMSC for a team building experience to benefit the homeless dogs and cats in our community. The day will consist of a tour of our facility and volunteer tasks dependent on projects or work needed at the time of service. Service Group days will be offered once a quarter and will require a 2 week advance notice with the number in your group so we can prepare accordingly.

If you have a group interested in signing up for one of these days please contact mwomack@memphishumane.org.


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