Volunteer

Volunteers at the Humane Society of the Black Hills are key to helping us meet our mission of Serving Animals, Serving Community. Volunteers are vital to the success of the humane society and contribute thousands of hours each year to 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 of Serving Animals, Serving Community. Volunteers are vital to the success of the humane society and contribute thousands of hours each year to 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

Total volunteer hours given in 2021: Coming Soon!

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

Dog Walking

Cat Socializing

Grooming

Laundry

Outreach Efforts

Donor Engagement

Fundraising

Office/Clerical Duties

Upcoming Events

Dec. 29, 2021: Currently, volunteer opportunities are limited to outdoor dog-walking.  There are still many great offsite opportunities that help animals, however!  Please email our team at volunteer@hsbh.org with questions.

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

There are currently no opportunities for individuals needing specific hours for court-ordered volunteering, clubs, or other community service requirements.

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

There are currently no opportunities for onsite volunteering to obtain only specific hours required by classes or schools.  There are, however, many offsite opportunities we’d love to help you organize instead!  Email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@hsbh.org to inquire about offsite volunteering options for your required hours that still help animals at the Humane Society of the Black Hills.

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.  This program entails specific opportunities for youth and is not the same as regular volunteering.

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, conflict of interest statement, and COVID-19 waiver.
  • Register for your individual volunteer orientation by emailing our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hsbh.org. Please bring completed documents to your scheduled volunteer orientation!

Orientation

Incoming volunteers are required to attend an orientation class to tour the shelter and learn about volunteer guidelines, opportunities, and Humane Society policies.  Please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@hsbh.org to schedule yours!

We appreciate your interest in helping us serve more than 4,000 animals each year! 

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