Volunteer

Volunteers at the Humane Society of the Black Hills are key to helping us meet our mission or Serving Animals, Serving Community. Volunteers are vital to the success of the humane society and contribute thousands of hours each year and help ensure the animals here are socialized, happy, and healthy while they wait to be adopted.

Volunteer

Volunteers at the Humane Society of the Black Hills are key to helping us meet our mission or Serving Animals, Serving Community. Volunteers are vital to the success of the humane society and contribute thousands of hours each year and help ensure the animals here are socialized, happy, and healthy while they wait to be adopted.

While our volunteers come from different backgrounds, they all have three things in common:

  • Compassion for the animals in our community
  • Commitment to work together to create a brighter future for the animals
  • Consistency and reliability in helping us care for the animals and operate our programs

Some of the areas in which our volunteers provide much-needed help include the following:

Dog Walking

Cat Socializing

Grooming

Laundry

Outreach Events

Fundraising

Office/Clerical Duties

Upcoming Events

We are currently welcoming volunteers for outdoor dog-walking by appointment. 

We are also seeking volunteers interested in helping with lawncare at the Humane Society of the Black Hills.

If you are a volunteer, or would like to become one, email us at volunteer@hsbh.org to schedule a time to help!

Age Requirement

16 and under: Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

16 and older: Ages 16 and older may work independently with the animals

Court Ordered Volunteering and Community Service

Community service and court ordered volunteering hours are temporarily unavailable amidst COVID-19. 

If you need court ordered volunteer or community service hours, that is a different program than the volunteer program at the Humane Society of the Black Hills. To learn more about court ordered or community service time, call (605) 394-4170.  Community Service members must be at least 18 years of age.

High School Age Volunteers

School-required volunteering hours are temporarily unavailable amidst COVID-19.

High school students and teenagers involved in church or other civic organizations often need between 4 and 10 volunteer hours. Students needing limited hours who don’t intend to become long-term volunteers at the Humane Society of the Black Hills can take advantage of a program designed for their specific needs.

  • School Hours volunteer program.

This program allows students to get volunteer hours at their convenience without attending an orientation. This program expedites the volunteer process for the student. Parent signature is required. Information can be picked up at the front desk, 1820 E. St. Patrick St.

Getting Started

Here’s how to get started in the volunteer program:

  • Download the volunteer packet. (PDF)
  • Read and sign the contact form, release of liability, and conflict of interest statement. Please bring the documents to volunteer orientation.*
  • Register for your individual volunteer orientation by emailing our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hsbh.org

Orientation

All volunteers are required to attend the 45-minute to one-hour orientation.

Orientation schedules are published on the events calendar. Please register online for an open spot. Orientations fill quickly so if you cannot make the time slot you reserved, please email volunteer@hsbh.org to request your name be removed from the orientation schedule for that date.

When registering for an orientation – please do not register multiple attendees under one name; each person must be registered individually.

*Note:  3/20/2020 With respect to the dangers of COVID-19, we will not be hosting volunteer orientations for more than 2 people at a time until further notice.  Please reach out to us via email at volunteer@hsbh.org to schedule your individual orientation.

Commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 hours a month and volunteer whenever it works in your schedule!

Questions: Contact our Resource Development Director by email at volunteer@hsbh.org or call (605) 341-3217