Animal Shelter Volunteer Opportunities in Hamilton County

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society! Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization – we couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers!!

Volunteers are in every part of our organization and we want to help you find the best way to use your time and talents to help Hamilton County’s homeless pets! Whether you want to work longer term with dogs, cats, or help with administrative items, we have opportunities for you to be integral in the life of an animal in need. Just need short-term hours for school, a program, or for the court? We have opportunities for you, too! Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity for your small team or group from school or work? We need you too!

Volunteer App

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Service App

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Volunteer at the Hamilton County Animal Shelter

Let’s Get Started!

  • If you are 15+ years of age and intend to volunteer regularly and for at least 3 months, click here (opens in a new tab) to complete a volunteer application!

    Complete Volunteer Application

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  • If you are looking to complete community service hours for school, a program, or as court-mandated, click here (opens in a new tab) to complete and application.
  • Complete Service Application

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  • If you are a representative for a team or group of 3-10 members who would like to schedule a group volunteer session, please click here to email Volunteer Services!

    Email Volunteer Services

Thanks so much for helping us save more lives!

Frequently Asked Volunteer Questions

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What can I do as a volunteer?

Cats

  • Cat Socialization – Pet cats, read to cats, play with cats, brush cats, etc.
  • Cat Cage Cleaning – Prior to opening help staff clean kennels, feed cats, and prep cages.
  • Cat Enrichment Building & Distributing – Build fun toys for cats to play with and distribute to cats daily for some enrichment time.
  • Kitty City Greeter – Welcome visitors of kitty city and help answer any questions they may have.

Dogs

  • Dog Walking – Tues, Wed, Sat, & Sun walk group 10AM-1PM – Walk dogs around the shelter to give them time out of their kennels.
  • Dog Enrichment Building & Distributing – Stuff Kongs, make lick mats, and make pupsicles to then be distributed daily to dogs in their kennels.
  • Census Taker – Help the lead volunteer with walk group keep track of what volunteer has what dog. (Great opportunity for someone who does not want to handle dogs but is happy to be around them).
  • Playgroup Assistant – Help the behavior team with dogs taking part in playgroup activities. Must be a higher level volunteer for this position.

Administrative and Others

  • Wash Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Off Site Events
  • Photography
What can I do as a volunteer? da Administrator
How old do you have to be to volunteer at the shelter?
  • 18+ to handle dogs
  • 15+ to volunteer in Kitty City & Administrative/Others activities with parental consent/signature on volunteer agreement at 1st shift.
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Can I complete my school or court-ordered community service at Cincinnati Animal CARE?

Community service hours for school is accepted! You must intend to volunteer at least 3 hours per month and maintain those hours monthly. Anyone who does not have 3 hours logged per month for more than 3 months in a row will become inactive in our system.

Court-ordered community service is accepted on a case by case basis. These volunteers will not work directly with animals.

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What is the time commitment for volunteers?

A minimum of 3 hours per month must be maintained in order to remain as an active volunteer at the shelter. Any volunteer who does not maintain the 3 hours per month and does not reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator to ask for a short term leave will be set as inactive in the system.

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Will I receive training to volunteer?

Yes! It is very important to us that you have the knowledge and tools to work with our animals and on behalf of our organization. All volunteers are required to complete New Volunteer Orientation (online) and those working with dogs or cats are required to complete role-specific training with our program managers.

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Can I bring my team from school or work in to volunteer?

Yes! We welcome teams of 3-10 members to volunteer at the shelter! Please email our Volunteer Services so we can arrange details.

We generally like to match volunteer groups with walking dogs. But, we have other seasonal opportunities, like landscaping and making enrichment items as well.

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