Opportunity Details


Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:17+

Socialize with Cats & Dogs (age 12+) *MLK 2018*

Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. King through meaningful service to our community: "Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For 149 years OHS has been sheltering abandoned animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, and working to build a caring, compassionate community here in Oregon. The pets at OHS rely entirely on your donations for food, shelter, and medical care. If your organization is able to make a donation to aid the animals, you can do so online. We appreciate your support!

Project Description:
Your visit will include a presentation about OHS and animal handling safety followed by a shelter tour. You will then spend time socializing dogs and cats. Please note that some of our time will be spent outside regardless of weather conditions. Your volunteer session will help us give the animals the attention they crave and help them develop the social skills they need to find new homes. Please inform me of participants with allergies prior to the scheduled visit.

Important Info:
Please leave valuables at home or locked in the trunk of your car. Unfortunately, we do not have a secure location to store valuables.

Parking Instructions
You may park in our main lot, but please park off to the side to give our potential adopters the close-up parking.
What to Wear?
Dress Code:
• long pants (no capris, shorts, skirts or cropped pants)
• non-slip, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes, boots, etc.)
• Jacket or coat for outdoor sessions
• Hanging jewelry is not allowed and facial piercing must be removed or covered with a band-aid.

If you must cancel, please call or email me at least 24 hours before your group is scheduled to be at OHS. If OHS must cancel due to weather or unforeseen circumstances you will be informed via email as soon as possible. Thanks again for helping the homeless pets in the Portland area. OHS appreciates your willingness to help!

Required Forms:
Adult: Every adult participant (18 or older) will be asked to sign a waiver release form.
Youth 12-17: Youth participants must complete the “Youth Group Volunteer Waiver Form” ahead of time and bring it with them to the shelter. Click on the following link to download it: http://www.oregonhumane.org/wp-content/uploads/Youth_Group_Waiver_2011.pdf
Youth without health insurance or under 12 years of age cannot volunteer at the shelter.

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 17 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a Youth Volunteer Release Form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project.

  • If you plan to bring children or guests you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project. In the spirit of creating an atmosphere where people from all parts of our community are coming together to volunteer,?

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring that everyone signed up through your team attends - only sign up team members who have confirmed their availability. Teams that repeatedly sign up, but do not show up or show up with fewer volunteers than they signed up, may be removed. To add or remove team members from a project, click on "My Account" and then "My Teams," above.

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3355.

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