Volunteer Requirements

  • Most DCHS volunteer positions require a six-month commitment to volunteer once per week for a 2-3 hour shift. Exceptions are noted in the position descriptions on the Volunteer Positions page.
  • Volunteers must read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information and follow all shelter rules.
  • Volunteers must have an email account. It is our primary form of communication with you.
  • Human interaction is a requirement of all volunteer roles. Volunteers must always communicate professionally with staff, fellow volunteers and members of the public.
  • Most volunteer roles require volunteers to stand and/or walk for up to two hours; lift and carry items or animals of varying weights; reach and lift; possess vision abilities which include close vision, distance vision and depth perception; and speak to customers, employees and other volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunity Statement

At Dane County Humane Society, we know our work of helping people help animals directly benefits from having a diverse and inclusive volunteer workforce. DCHS strives to represent the community it serves by recruiting people with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Diversity and inclusion are celebrated and embraced at Dane County Humane Society. We will not discriminate against or give preference to any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, arrest record, genetic information, veteran status or other class protected by applicable law. DCHS has a wide variety of volunteer positions available and makes every effort to connect each volunteer to the role that best fits their preferences and abilities. DCHS puts people first and we are happy to work with volunteers to remove barriers and put any reasonable accommodations into practice to the extent that it is safe to do so.

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Submit your Application

Fill out the online volunteer application below.

Volunteer Application

Our Volunteer department will reach out to you within 1-2 weeks of receiving your online form.

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Submit an Essential Job Requirements Inventory

Fill out the online Essential Job Requirement Inventory online form below.

Essential Job Requirement Inventory

This will help us evaluate your ability to perform certain volunteer positions. DCHS welcomes volunteers of all ability levels to the extent that it is safe to do so.

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Check your Email

We will reply to your application by email within 1-2 weeks of receiving it. If your email system uses SPAM filters you can prevent these filters from blocking our email messages to you by adding our Volunteer department email addresses to your 'safe sender list' or 'white list.'

We suggest you add the two email addresses below into your email system's address book.



If you do not receive an email reply from us within two weeks, contact us at either email listed above.


Attend a Volunteer Orientation for New Volunteers

Due to COVID-19 our in-person Volunteer Orientation for new volunteers has transitioned to an online process. All onboarding steps will be done via email and online forms. You'll learn about our programs and policies so you can start your volunteer work equipped with the information you need to successfully contribute to our mission.

During the onboarding process if you decide we are the right fit for you, we will collect a $20 processing/supply fee for each individual who will be volunteering, which includes both adult and youth volunteers. Financial hardship scholarships are available by request. You will receive an official DCHS volunteer t-shirt; and most positions, but not all, provide a name badge and role-specific training packet.


Attend Training for your Volunteer Position

You will meet with a designated staff member or volunteer who will provide hands-on training in your new role and finalize your volunteer schedule.

After these steps are completed, you're ready to volunteer! Please be aware that this entire process can take up to 1-2 months, depending on timing, position desired and other factors, so we appreciate your patience and hope that your commitment to volunteering remains strong. Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team!

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