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Volunteer FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?
Please read through the FAQs on this page and view our volunteer opportunities. If you feel our program matches your expectations for volunteering, the next step is to attend an information session to learn more about our organization and specific volunteer needs. Small group sessions are held periodically at the shelter. Please click to view a calendar with any upcoming sessions. There will be a link to RSVP to reserve a spot. Those who do not sign up ahead of time will not be admitted. If a session is marked "full," you'll need to sign up for the next available session. If you do not see an open session on the calendar, please check back. The information session will cover the application process for becoming a volunteer.

What training is required?
To work directly with animals, attendance at an introductory animal care training class is required. Some animal care positions may require additional training. Training for volunteer positions that do not involve direct animal care is given as needed.

What is the minimum time requirement?
Depending on the position, usually a minimum of eight hours per month is required.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Age requirements vary depending on the volunteer position. Please take a look at our volunteer opportunities individually listed under the Volunteer top meu for more information.

I'm not old enough to volunteer, but I'd really like to help. Is there anything I can do?
Although we do not have any volunteer opportunities at the shelter available to those under the age of 14, we encourage kids to help the shelter animals through special projects and fundraising. Please visit the Ways Kids Can Help page for suggestions.

Can I get community service hours for school?
Students looking to complete community service hours for school must be over the age of 14, and have a minimum of 20 hours to complete. Community service hours will only be honored through sorting returnable bottles and cans for our Empties for Animals fundraiser outside on shelter grounds. Other opportunities to help may be available depending on current needs. To apply for community service, please contact the .

Can I satisfy court-ordered community service requirements?
We will sometimes accommodate those looking to do court-ordered community service depending on the reason and length of service. To be considered, please contact the . Volunteers completing court-ordered community service assist with sorting returnable bottles and cans for our Empties for Animals fundraiser outside on shelter grounds.

Once I complete your application, can I volunteer at any animal shelter in the area?
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is a private, nonprofit shelter independent from other humane societies. If you are interested in working with another animal welfare organization, you must complete their volunteer application process.

Are there any costs associated with volunteering for the Humane Society?
We do not require a fee to become a volunteer. Volunteer name tags and t-shirts may be purchased for a small fee but are not required.

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