How to Become a Volunteer

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 volunteer on their own.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Emi Griess, at emig@hhhstopeka.org or 785.233.7325.

Becoming a Volunteer

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)
-45 minute class session
-30 minute tour

3. Complete 3 hours with a volunteer mentor.
4. Complete 7 hours of individual non-animal handling, level 1 volunteer 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.* We offer Advanced Dog Handling Class, Advanced Cat Handling Class, Enrichment Classes, Presentations & Open Forums, etc.
*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 an Emergency Release Form, you may bring your completed form with you to the orientation or complete it when you come to orientation. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Emi Griess by email at emig@hhhstopeka.org. 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 other classes, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Emi Griess, at emig@hhhstopeka.org with your completed requirements.