Lending a Hand

Thank you for your interest in THS!. We are looking for dog walking volunteers who are at least 18 years old, who are able to come in between the hours of 1 - 4 p.m. or 4 - 6 p.m. any day of the week. You would need to be able to walk high energy dogs ,as well as medium energy, and easy dogs. We ask that our volunteers commit to being here at least 6 hours a month. If you are interested in this opportunity, please e-mail:

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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.

How to safely get a dog out of a kennel

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.


Regular volunteer classes will be resuming back at the shelter. Please check back for more information coming soon! 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.

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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

Volunteer With HARP

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

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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