VOLUNTEER

Volunteering at the Spartanburg Humane Society

The work that the Spartanburg Humane Society accomplishes would not be possible without the generous contributions of our volunteers. By joining our team, you will help us provide lifesaving services and meaningful programs to pets and people throughout our community.

There are countless ways in which you can help!

Walking and training dogs, comforting cats, bathing puppies, helping our clinic staff at low cost vaccine clinics, taking pictures or video of adoptable pets, stuffing envelopes, visiting schools with our Humane Education Coordinator, landscaping to keep our grounds attractive and inviting, helping to raise awareness and support at special events. . . the list goes on and on.

If you love animals, and want to share your time and talents to help us better serve them, then the Spartanburg Humane Society has a volunteer opportunity just right for you! Learn more.

To reach the Volunteer department call 864-583-4805, ext. 108
or e-mail us your question.

Quick facts about becoming an Spartanburg Humane Society volunteer:
  • Join our winning team! On average, our volunteers give over 7,000 dedicated hours to the animals in our care each month.
  • The Spartanburg Humane Society volunteer program welcomes adults 16 years and older (opportunities for younger animal lovers are offered through our Humane Education department)
  • The first step to joining our team is to complete an online volunteer registration form.  If you prefer, you can download a registration form and mail or fax it in. We ask our volunteers to donate a $20 registration fee. Included with your registration is a Spartanburg Humane Society volunteer t-shirt, all of your training materials and a hands on training.
  • After we receive your application, our volunteer coordinator will meet with you about what you would like to do for us. They will also set up up a time to show you the ropes here, give you some best practices, and tips. This way you will be confident every time you volunteeron your own!

After completing these steps, you are welcome to volunteer whenever your schedule allows!

Volunteer Opportunities

How to Help.

The following links will provide you with a brief overview of ways in which you can help animals at the Spartanburg Humane Society.

After completing a volunteer application, you will contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator. At that time, we will discuss each of the tasks below and more!  You will be able to ask any questions and work with the animals.

Feline Enrichment

Fun For Felines. We need volunteers to cuddle with kitties, play with them, brush them or just spend quality time with them.

By providing these cats and kittens with human interaction, mental stimulation, exercise and attention, you are improving their lives while they are awaiting the purr-fect home.

Human Education Assistant

Help Share Knowledge That Helps Pets
As an education volunteer, your job is be to assist the Humane Education Coordinator to inform audiences (of all ages) about Spartanburg Humane Society services and heighten awareness of ways people can help animals.
Our programs emphasize responsible pet care, pet overpopulation issues, and compassion for all living things.

Commitment:
Humane Education volunteers act as public ambassadors at speaking engagements. Events generally last for 1-2 hours and are scheduled as requested.

Other Ways to Help

We know that not everyone can make it to the shelter to walk dogs or brush cats and kittens. And not everyone will enjoy helping out at special events or programs. Following are a few additional ways to help support Spartanburg Humane Society programs on behalf of pets and people:

  • Save and donate newspapers for use in our cages
  • Donate or collect items from our Wish List
  • Spread the word about programs & services at the Spartanburg Humane Society
  • Ask for donations in lieu of birthday or holiday gifts
  • Make a financial donation
  • Donate or collect suggested toys for SHS animals
Canine Enrichment

Socialize, Walk, and Train Dogs
A  game of fetch or a brisk walk can have a positive impact on a dog’ day. If you love dogs, this is a wonderful way to spend quality time with those who are awaiting adoption.

We need volunteers for dog walking, basic obedience training, play fetch or spend quiet quality time with them. By helping these dogs get exercise, training, playtime, and human attention, you are improving their stay at the shelter and preparing them for life in a new home.

Commitment:
You are free to volunteer whenever your schedule allows!

Dog Bathing

Who doesn’t love a bath! Be prepared to get wet! Bathing dogs who are waiting to be adopted is an ongoing job. Bathing dogs prior to their spay/neuter surgery will send them to their forever home looking great!

Fundraising/Special Events

Event Ambassadors
Volunteers help to raise funds to support the Spartanburg Humane Society’s lifesaving programs and services. They help at fundraising or special events with various tasks and promote the Spartanburg Humane Society within the community.

Commitment:
Fundraising/Special Events Volunteers act as public ambassadors at all events. Events can range from 2-8 hours.  While each event is different, we often schedule 2-4 hour shifts.

Kitty Caretakers at PETCO

The PETCO on the east side features some of our adorable adoptable felines.

You can help our homeless cats and kittens have another opportunity to find a permanent and loving home.  The cats and kittens selected for this program will be able to reside in a specially designed enclosure within the store, 7 days a week.

Spartanburg Humane Society staff are responsible for transporting cats and kittens to and from the store, but Soartanburg Humane Society  volunteers help us supervise and care for them during their stay.

Our caretakers also provide a spokesperson for these cats to the public. Our kitty caretakers know these animals the best. They know if they’re playful or shy, if they like to nap, if they like cheek rubs, if they are independent. When an interested adopter  asks a questions about one of these cats, they’re able to help out and answer. This is one of our most need volunteer positions!

Caretaker responsibilities include, but are not limited to: cleaning enclosures, changing litter, feeding, medical observations, and providing TLC. The overall time for each shift is approximately 45 minutes.  We are looking for volunteers who can work with minimal supervision, who are responsible and dependable, and of course who love our cats and want to help them go to a good home.

Commitment:
There is no time commitment for this position. Each shift typically takes 45 minutes. The more shifts you cover, the more you get to know the individual cats. Our cats are happy to have you as often as you can be there.

Two caretaker shifts are available seven days a week. 

Morning Shifts
Monday-Saturday    9:00-10:00 am
Sunday                    10:00-10:30am

Evening Shifts
Monday-Saturday    7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday                    5:00-7:00 pm

How do I get started?

Complete a Volunteer Application then our Volunteer Coordinator will set up a time to meet with you.
They will show you the ins and outs, gives you some best practices, and some tips.

Commitment:

Anytime you can give our sweet dogs is much appreciated!
You are free to volunteer whenever your schedule allows!

Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time to help our community’s animals.  After we receive your completed application, we will contact you and set up an orientation and training session, which is the next step toward becoming an SHS Volunteer! After you finish your application, click here to submit your registration fee or you can make your donation in person.

 

 

Be a Foster Parent

You can help our homeless cats and kittens have another opportunity to find a permanent and loving home.  The cats and kittens selected for this program will be able to reside in a specially designed enclosure within the store, 7 days a week.

Spartanburg Humane Society staff are responsible for transporting cats and kittens to and from the store, but Spartanburg Humane Society volunteers help us supervise and care for them during their stay.

Foster Parenting Questionare
  • Personal Information

  • Residence Information

  • Drop files here or
  • Foster Animal Characteristics