Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Toledo Humane Society! We are always accepting volunteers who are willing to help out with dog care, cat care, education camps, laundry, dishes, and even third party events!

Learn about our volunteer program!

Our volunteer program is based on 3 levels:

Paw 1 - All volunteers start here! The Paw 1 level allows volunteers to get familiar with the shelter, staff, and what goes on behind the scenes. Volunteers will be at this level for their first 5 hours. As a Paw 1 volunteer, you will help with laundry, community events, or provide additional support to our administration staff or clinic.

Paw 2 - After completing your initial 5 hours of service, you can shadow one of our Dog Care or Cat Care mentors. At this level, volunteers can walk dogs, cuddle with kittens, and work in the cat rooms. Our Mentors will be able to answer any questions Paw 1 volunteers might have!

Paw 3 - For any volunteers looking to grow in the program, you can train to be a THS Mentor or a holding kennel volunteer. Both require a certain amount of volunteer hours completed at the shelter along with training. Volunteers at this level have demonstrated a higher level of commitment and time spent at the shelter!

Please note that Junior Volunteers must be between the ages of 10-17.

Sign up for an orientation class!

Click the link below to sign up for orientation! If there are no options available, that means the class is full, so check back again on the 1st of next month! We will be accepting Junior Volunteers in April.

Orientation for January is FULL. Return next month to sign up.

It Takes a Village

Volunteers support all areas of our organization from dog walking and kitten cuddling, to office assistance, fostering, working in our retail shop and so much more. Join us and see for yourself the huge impact you can make!

We request that our volunteers commit to at least 6 hours per month.

Log Your Volunteer Hours Here

The Process


All volunteers must attend an orientation. There is a $25 orientation fee that includes your badge and t-shirt. 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 led by a THS Mentor. 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.

Lost and Found Pets

Whether you’ve lost your pet or found a stray, click here for a list of available resources to help you during this stressful time.

Lost and Found Pets

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

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.

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