Opportunity Details

Animals, Other
Caring for Animals

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:15+

Animal Socialization at OHS! (age 12+) *Hands On*

Hands On Managed projects offer you an opportunity to join a group of volunteers on a done-in-a-day project led by a Hands On Volunteer Leader

Come show the dogs and cats at the Oregon Humane Society some love!

This session starts out with a 45 minute training/tour.* The training includes information on the shelter and animal handling skills and a volunteer session on socializing with the dogs in our outside yards (bring a coat if the weather is not good) and visiting time in colony rooms with the cats. 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.  Due to the nature of the work, all volunteers must be able to squat, stand, bend, lift and twist for long periods of time. 

For the safety reasons, all participants must wear long pants and non-slip, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes, boots, etc.) when volunteering at the shelter.  Hanging jewelry is not allowed and facial piercing must be removed or covered with a band-aid.  Those not dressed appropriately cannot participate, so please come prepared!  Also, we have very jumpy dogs that may soil your clothing, so choose your attire accordingly. 

OHS has limited parking and we ask that volunteers kindly park on 11th Ave. or across Columbia Blvd. in our overflow parking lot.  This leaves more spaces available to potential adopters.  Thanks for your help with this matter!

The Oregon Humane Society’s mission is to foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership; to care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.

*If you've already been out on this project and you know you love volunteering with OHS, consider making a longer term commitment by getting trained and signing up with OHS directly by following this link

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 15 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • 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.

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

  • OHS also requires Youth ages 12-17 to have a OHS waiver form. Please click here to download their form and bring it with you to the shelter. All youth under 18 are required to have health insurance in order to participate. Please ensure forms are complete with parent signature and health insurance information prior to arrival at the shelter.

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

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