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Humane Society of Greater Dayton

Become a Volunteer

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

Volunteer - Cat Room

On average, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) cares for 4,500 animals each year. We are the only area shelter that takes in all animals, allowing our impact to extend beyond dogs and cats. We also help rabbits, ferrets and other pets move from homelessness to becoming a loved member of the family.

You can be a part of this team dedicated to ensuring that every animal is loved and finds its forever home. We are always in need of new volunteers to assist us in caring for Dayton’s animals; however, volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton can be an emotional experience that requires a strong commitment. While we do have a large number of people who go through our orientation and training process, not everyone will be able to continue volunteering with us. Some may not be able to commit the necessary time, while others may decide that they are unable to deal with the emotions that come from spending time with animals who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. For more on what it takes to be a Humane Society of Greater Dayton volunteer, please read through the physical, emotional, mental and supervision requirements for each volunteer opportunity.

Call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937/268-PETS (7387) or e-mail KaLynn Lhamon, our Volunteer Coordinator at

Steps to volunteer:

  1. Open house (approximately 1 hour): Sign up to attend an open house. All open houses are held at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton facility, at 1661 Nicholas Road. We will discuss the history of the Humane Society, as well as the various volunteer opportunities currently available. You must be at least 10 years old to attend. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult for the open house. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult each time they come to volunteer.  When signing up for an open house, please sign each staff member up separately as seats in the open house are limited.
  2. Training (approximately 2 hours): During HSGD training, we will review the policies and procedures of volunteering, as well as learn more about animal behavior. This training is required to become a volunteer. Some of this training may be available online, at At the end of the training, you’ll need to pass the quizzes with 85% +.
  3. Hands-on training with a mentor (approximately 2 hours): To help make your introduction into the world of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton a smooth one, you will complete mentoring sessions with another volunteer or staff person in your area. Mentors will cover the basics of volunteering and working with a particular animal. You will receive information on how to sign up for these sessions at HSGD training.
  4. Additional training and practice (at least 1 hour): Certain volunteer opportunities require that additional training classes or practice with a mentor be completed. These include office assistant, foster parent, education assistant, MeowZa! Cat Boutique team member, offsite transporter and offsite-event assistant. Information regarding additional training will be discussed at the open house/volunteer orientation.
  5. Become an official volunteer (approximately 30 minutes): When you have completed your training, you are ready to meet with our volunteer coordinator to discuss making you official!