If you’re interested in volunteering at HHHS, please first fill out this application: Volunteer Application Form. Please submit an application for each person who plans to volunteer (adults and children need separate forms). You should receive an email within a week inviting you to log into VicNet (our Volunteer Information center) in order to register for a Volunteer Orientation at the shelter. Any person under 18 years of age MUST be accompanied to orientation by a parent or legal guardian. After attending an orientation, persons 16 and 17 years of age may continue on their own.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Volunteer & Off-Site Coordinator, Katie Jesseph, at katiej@hhhstopeka.org or 785.233.7325.

Becoming a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We are looking for responsible and dedicated people who love animals and want to be involved in the community. In order to lend a paw, Helping Hands Humane Society requires that volunteers…

1. Be at least 10 years old (must be accompanied by a parent at all times). Ages 16 and up may volunteer on their own.*
*Note: Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to participate in volunteering at the shelter, off-site events, or special events.  No exceptions will be made. We encourage those interested to please look into our Foster Care Program, Project Ideas, Volunteering from Home or Wish List. Thank you.

2. Attend the Virtual Volunteer Orientation (coming soon!) and read the Volunteer Manual.

3. Submit orientation/manual quizzes and volunteer interview form.

If we feel you’re a right match for our program and you feel our program is a good match for you:

4. You’ll receive an email about how to complete virtual mentoring.

5. Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator to sign an Emergency Release Form and schedule in-person mentoring and tour.

6. Complete additional training (in-person mentoring and tour, then typically Dog Handling Class, Cat Handling Class, and/or Virtual Pocket Pet Training – coming soon – for those interested in socialization).

7. Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month and have fun!

General volunteers must sign up for volunteer shifts via a link emailed out by the Volunteer Coordinator weekly. If you have received specialized training in a specific area (Admissions department, front desk, etc.), you may be scheduled to work a specific shift.

Volunteer mentors will be available to help you get started as a volunteer. We want to make your volunteer experience one that both you and our animals will enjoy.

At orientation, volunteers will learn about the different opportunities available, the benefits of volunteering, and what to expect as a volunteer. You are encouraged to bring family members who will be helping you so that they understand your family’s commitment. Invite a friend or a neighbor who shares your desire to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Katie Jesseph by email at katiej@hhhstopeka.org. You may also call 785.233.7325.

Volunteer Emergency Release Form (you will sign this when you meet with the Volunteer Coordinator.)

To register for an Cat Handling Class (held the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the shelter), Dog Handling Class (held the third Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the shelter) or other classes, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator with your completed requirements.