Join The Team!

We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities here at THS!

  • Volunteers must be 16 and older. If you have a child who is between the ages of 10-15 who is interested in volunteering, they can attend one of our Junior Orientations, which take place every two months. Junior Volunteers need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • THS needs volunteers who are self-motivated, mature, and dependable. Do you have weekly availability to help at the shelter? Are you able to help out a minimum off 6 hours a month? Do you have reliable access to internet or transportation? If you answered "no" to one or more of these questions, the THS Volunteer Program may not be the best fit for you.
  • Please do not sign up for orientation if you need service hours for school. Scroll down to find ways you can volunteer at home!
  • Court-ordered community service workers can email Julianne, the Volunteer Coordinator here.

The work we do here at THS would not be possible without the help from our committed volunteers. We strive to foster a culture of care, compassion, inclusion, and empathy. Look over our current volunteer policies before signing up for orientation!

Volunteer Handbook

How To Get Involved

Sign Up For Orientation

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 get a tour of the shelter. You will also fill out a volunteer application afterwards. If orientation is full, check back on the 1st of next month. Scroll down for FAQs!

January orientation is full!

Current Volunteers

We request that volunteers log at least 6 hours a month. You can log your hours remotely by following the link below! If you are not able to access your volunteer profile, please email Julianne, the Volunteer Coordinator.

Log Your Hours here!

Volunteer At Home

Need to complete service hours for school? Look over the projects you can work on at HOME! There are plenty of toys, blankets, or treats that you can create in the comfort of your own home to collect hours - while helping the animals! Or check out the KC Project for other ideas! Are you a Girl Scout or Eagle Scout? Look over projects your team can create here!

Volunteer at home!


When can I volunteer? - Whenever you have time! Our most successful volunteers find a day or two in their schedule to stop by THS weekly. However, we often lack volunteers on the weekends and during the afternoon on weekdays.

Can I walk dogs? - Yes! Once you attend orientation, volunteers first need to complete 5 hours of Paw Level 1 tasks such as laundry and dishes, and then you can get trained in animal care!

Can my group volunteer? - Group volunteer projects need to be scheduled in advance with our Volunteer Coordinator via email. Click here to look over the tasks groups can do!

How can I volunteer? - Sign up for orientation on the first of the month when the date is posted through our website and pay the $25 fee online! Attendance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why can’t I volunteer one time? - We require volunteers to go through training to handle the animals. This takes a lot of time and resources to ensure new volunteers feel confident and comfortable working with the animals.

Do I need access to an email? - Yes! Our Volunteer Coordinator primarily communicates with volunteers through email to share new information going on around the shelter!

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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