Attend An Orientation

 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604
Mentorship Schedule Available (You must attend an orientation before you can register for mentor hours.)
Volunteer Orientations are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm 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 volunteer on their own.
Check our calendar for the next orientation date. You must reserve your orientation spot online (Register for a Volunteer Orientation Here) or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator, Emi Griess, at or 785.233.7325.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We are always 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 a Volunteer Orientation, and complete and submit a Volunteer Profile and Emergency Release Form.
*Breakdown: (approx. one hour total)
-30 minute class session
-30 minute tour

3. Complete 3 hours with a volunteer mentor.
4. Complete 12 hours of individual non-animal handling tasks.
5. Complete additional training (typically Animal Handling Class for those interested in socialization).
*Breakdown: (approx. one hour total)
-30 minute class session
-15 minute kennel walk-through and demonstration
-15 minute reminders and receive badges
6. Continuing Education Courses. Volunteers are required to maintain their volunteer skills by attending 2 continuing education courses a year. Classes will have valuable information for volunteers and will be offered monthly at HHHS.*
*Note: This is a yearly requirement and does not need to be completed before general volunteering occurs.
General volunteers are able to maintain their own schedules and are not required to donate a specific amount of time each week or month. However, if you have received specialized training beyond orientation, 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 not previously submitted a Volunteer Profile and Emergency Release Form, you may bring your completed forms with you to the orientation or complete these forms when you come to orientation. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Emi Griess by email at You may also call 785.233.7325.

To register for an Animal Handling Class (held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at the shelter) or Off-Site Animal Handling Class (held the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at the shelter*), please contact the Volunteer Advisory Council at or the Volunteer Coordinator, Emi Griess, at with your completed requirements.
*Note: You must have taken an Animal Handling Class to take Off-Site Animal Handling.