Lending a Hand

The Toledo Humane Society is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for passionate people who want to help animals.

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It Takes a Village

Volunteers support all areas of our organization from dog walking and kitty cuddling, to office assistance, fostering, working in our retail shop and so much more.

Volunteers 10 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent, who is also a volunteer, at all times. We request that our volunteers commit to at least 6 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months.

The Process


All prospective volunteers must attend orientation. Orientations include important information about our organization. At orientation, you will learn about our volunteer program and the volunteer opportunities that we offer. You will also fill out a volunteer application.


All volunteers should be current on tetanus vaccinations and carry health insurance. Please signup to attend an upcoming orientation class below. Once you sign up for an orientation class, you will receive an e-mail reminder a few days before orientation with more information.

Training Session

For those of you who are interested in becoming dog walkers you will need to attend a second separate training session. Dog walking is a very important job here at the shelter. You will need to be able to walk dogs in all types of weather and not mind getting dirty.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our next general orientation class and dog walking orientation date is to be determined. Thank you for your patience during this time! A dog walking orientation class will be held immediately after the general orientation session. Only those volunteers who are interested in becoming dog walkers will need to stay for the dog walking portion of the orientation.

When orientation sessions are available again, sign-up information will be posted here.

Download the Volunteer Handbook

Become a Dog Walker

If you are interested in learning how to become a dog walker, you must attend an additional special class just for new dog walkers which will be held immediately after the general orientation class.

Hope and Recovery Pet (HARP) Program

The Hope and Recovery Pet (HARP) Program is a unique collaborative effort between ProMedica, the Toledo Humane Society, and the University of Toledo. HARP connects adults referred by area mental health providers with companion animals from THS to improve the lives of both. For more information about HARP, contact Gaye Martin at ProMedica: 567-585-7426 or gaye.martin@promedica.org

Volunteer With HARP


In "paw"-tnership with 13ABC, on Thursday, September 24th, the Toledo Humane Society's 8th Annual PawVilion will be going digital! As we work to raise funds to serve the thousands of animals in our community, we will be airing our story and mission through 13ABC on September 24th, sharing a first-hand look into our world of animal welfare and the work the THS does daily to save lives!

We look to our community members like you in our time of need. No gift is too small - every penny donated to the THS goes directly toward caring for the thousands of abused, abandoned, and neglected animals that come through our shelter doors every year. Now more than ever, the THS looks to our Great Toledo community for support as we continue our mission to advocate for animals in our community to guarantee them a better tomorrow - and we cannot do this without your help.

Purchase a PawVilion "ticket" for $250, or become a sponsor for our digital PawVilion for a starting "table" price of $2,500. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Abbey Hall, Development Manager, at 419-891-9029.

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Pet Foster Families

Our network of foster volunteers allows us to provide specialized care to more animals in need while also opening space at the shelter for more homeless pets.

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The Toledo Humane Society is making positive change for thousands of deserving animals each year.

Dylan Evalent