Thank you for considering joining our team of volunteers at SoHumane. Each year, our volunteers donate more than 20,000 hours of service to animals in need. Not all volunteers chose to work directly with the cats and dogs, but contribute greatly to the many other tasks that keep our operation going. Here are some of the volunteer opportunities at SoHumane.

Dog Walker

SoHumane’s goal is for each dog to be walked at least once a day. Requires a weekly 3-hour commitment between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm on a scheduled day of the week.

Kennel Guide

These individuals become familiar with each dog’s personality, behavior and history in order to help prospective adopters find the animal best suited for their lifestyle. Requires a weekly 3-hour commitment between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on a scheduled day of the week.

PALS (Pets are Loving Souls)

The PALS program matches students with a specific dog or cat. The individual attention received from quality time with a PALS volunteer is vital to ensuring that an animal stays highly socialized. For students between the ages of 16-20. Requires a 3-5 hour per week mandatory commitment. Hours can be used for school credit or community service. Program placement is at the sole discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator

Pet Partners

Young volunteers spend quality time with a parent or guardian while learning the responsibility of caring for a pet, developing empathy for living things, and experiencing the positive rewards of community service. For students ages 12-15. Requires a weekly commitment not to exceed 1½ hours on a scheduled day of the week. Student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Handy Helper

Regular attention to the structure and surroundings of the facility is critical to keeping animals, staff, volunteers and visitors safe and secure. Time commitment is flexible and may vary depending on facility needs. Responsibilities include assisting with the general repair and maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment.

Adoption Events

Representing SoHumane at offsite adoption events. Includes setup, transport of animals, working with visitors, completing adoptions. Must be comfortable working with the public answering questions.

Student Volunteer Programs

  • Pet Partners
  • PALS
  • Puppy PALS
  • School Projects
  • Housetrained Dogs
  • Handy Helper

Interested in helping animals in need?


Judi Hanstein, Support/Volunteer Manager

541-779-3215 x101

Or download our Volunteer Application 2018