- Most of our volunteer positions require volunteers to be at least 18 years of age. There are some positions available for youth ages 8 to 17. Learn more about youth opportunities.
- 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.