Since HumaneCNY began inviting people to volunteer, many have answered the call. For those who help out at the shelter, the work can be physical and exhausting–but the reward is phenomenal.

HumaneCNY simply could not survive without the help of dedicated, caring animal lovers just like you who generously volunteer their time. From cleaning the cat rooms to doing dishes and feeding the animals to fundraising, our volunteers improve the quality of life of many homeless pets that are sheltered every year. All volunteers are required to complete an application and attend a volunteer orientation. And, like the staff, every volunteer must remember our animals are always the number one priority. We are sure you will find the perfect volunteer task that fits you.

​On-site Volunteer Protocol

  1. On-site volunteers shall be at least 18 years of age
    • Minimum age 16 years – require an adult with them and with the following provisions)
      1. currently enrolled as full-time students;
      2. submit a volunteer release form with parental consent executed;
  2. All volunteers shall have major medical coverage, either in their own right or through their parents’ or guardians’ health insurance; The Shelter assumes no responsibility for accidents and/or injuries involving volunteers working on-site (volunteers will be required to sign a release form acknowledging this before commencing duties).
  3. Volunteer tasks include
    • Changing bedding
    • Cleaning cat cages and community rooms
    • Data Entry/Office Work
    • Dishing Food
    • Event Planning
    • Gardening
    • Hosting Event Tables
    • Laundry
    • Scooping/changing cat litter
    • Scrubbing litter pans
    • Sweeping/mopping floors
    • Cat Socialization- requires additional training
    • Dog Walking- must be 21+ years old; requires additional training
  4. All animals are to be treated and handled gently and respectfully
  5. Should a volunteer find a task unmanageable, every effort will be made to find another task more suited to his/her ability.