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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society!

Every day, volunteers help improve the lives of animals at our Milwaukee and Ozaukee campuses. Each volunteer plays a vital role in the success of our shelters which care for nearly 20,000 animals each year. To view opportunities near you, please choose the WHS campus you are most interested in volunteering at below.

Due to the amount of training we require for most of our volunteer positions, we ask for a 6 month commitment for 2-3 hours each week. Volunteers come in for a regularly scheduled recurring shift on the same day and time each week. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Youth ages 13-17 must be accompanied by a parent for all volunteer sessions, with the exception of our Orphaned Bird Care Program (available only at our Milwaukee Campus) in which they may volunteer by themselves. Please read each volunteer opportunity for the minimum age requirements.

Your application will be reviewed and we will contact you with information about our upcoming orientations.

Volunteer Opportunities at the WHS Milwaukee Campus

Questions about Milwaukee Campus volunteer positions? Please contact Liz at 414-431-6103 or ldriss@wihumane.org.

 

Thank you so much for your interest in our volunteer program!  

We have postponed Volunteer Orientations at our Milwaukee Campus until late summer/early fall due to a large number of new volunteers currently in the training process. 

We need to get them up and running before we welcome more volunteers into the program.  Please note, however, that we are currently accepting applications for foster care volunteers at our Milwaukee Campus. If that interests you, please click the appropriate link below. Applications for all other volunteer service at the Milwaukee Campus cannot be accepted at this time.

We are also currently in need of general volunteers at our Ozaukee and Racine Campuses.  To see those opportunities, please click on the Ozaukee or Racine tabs above. Again, thank you for your interest in wanting to help the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society. We are so fortunate to have so much community support!

Milwaukee Campus Volunteer Positions:

 

  • Animal Care Volunteer

    These volunteers help with the day to day care of our shelter guests which includes cleaning, handling animals, and assisting the staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to learn about animal care in a shelter environment. Training for this position will include animal handling and cleaning protocol. Volunteers must be 18 years and older for this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Adoption Teammate

    As an Adoption Teammate volunteer, you will assist our adoption counseling department by working with adopters to finalize the adoption process. Teammates will work with clients to explain the adoption packet, process signed contracts and agreements, and release animals to their new families. Teammates may also assist in greeting visitors to the facility, basic administrative duties of the Adoption Counseling department, and at offsite adoption events. Shifts for this position are two hours in length. The greatest need is on evenings and weekends. The minimum age requirement is 18 years and older. If you are interested in this position, please fill out our volunteer application. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Adoption Greeter

    Be the first friendly face our clients see when they come into the building!  We are looking for enthusiastic, outgoing, detail-oriented volunteers to assist the Adoption Counseling staff.  Duties include greeting visitors to the facility, helping potential adopters sign in to meet with an adoption counselor, answering questions, and directing guests in the shelter.  This is a great way to meet new people!  Adoption Greeters must be 18 years old to apply.  A commitment of at least three hours per week for a minimum of six months is required. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Animal Antics Retail Store

    Assist with the operation of our retail shop, Animal Antics!  Volunteers will be responsible for assisting clients in the purchase of appropriate items for their newly adopted pets!  Volunteers will also perform cash handling, stocking merchandise, light cleaning and other duties as needed.  Prior retail experience is helpful but not required.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Excellent communication skills and dependability are essential.  Volunteers will report to the Retail Store Supervisor.  A commitment of two hours or more per week for a minimum of six months is required. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Shelter Crew

    As you can imagine, much goes on to keep our facility up and running! We could not do it without the help of our volunteers. In this position, you will be helping with laundry (washing, drying, and folding) and preparing enrichment toys for our dogs. Volunteers can be 13 years and older in this position with an adult.  This is an introductory position at our Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses.  Volunteers who want to work with domestic animals at Milwaukee or Ozaukee Campuses start in this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Dog Walking & Socialization

    Exercise! Regular exercise is important for both humans and animals. Our Dog Walkers provide each dog in adoption the opportunity to get outside and stretch their legs, while also focusing on establishing lifelong behaviors that will make the animal more adoptable and a great canine citizen!  Volunteers must be able to read and write about each dog, be able to handle all sizes and types of dogs, walk short distances, and be dedicated to maintaining a clean environment.  Prior experience in animal handling with dogs is preferred.  Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent and willing to continue throughout Wisconsin weather.  Racine Campus volunteers must be 18 years and older to walk dogs. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Cat, Rabbit & Small Animal Socialization

    Spend quality time cuddling with cats or rabbits on Adoption Avenue!  Volunteers use the socialization rooms to allow the cats or rabbits, one by one, a bit of time for play, grooming, treats, and additional enrichment practices.  Volunteers also fill out a brief evaluation about each animal to assist Adoption Counselors in making the perfect match.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or at least 13 years old with a parent.  Participants must have the physical ability to transfer animals from kennels and use proper animal handling and disease prevention techniques.  Training and assistance are provided during the first play session with an experienced volunteer or staff member.  The cat and rabbit socialization programs are not combined and have separate training and schedules. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • RELAX Dog Socializer

    The RELAX program allows volunteers to work one on one with certain shelter dogs to develop confidence and focus on positive behaviors.  Volunteer socializers read aloud to the dogs to help them become familiar with different voices and learn to settle nicely, or RELAX, when they encounter new visitors.  This program helps the dogs feel more comfortable in new environments and enriches their minds while they are waiting to find their new loving homes.  What a great way to give dogs well needed attention and get some reading in at the same time!  Volunteers need to be 18 years and older in this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Dog Shine

    Restore that glorious shine to the adoption dogs by bathing them prior to their spay/neuter surgery!  There is nothing more appealing than a clean dog to take home!  Once spayed/neutered, the dogs cannot be bathed for at least 10 days due to the incision.  For this reason, it is important for them to be squeaky clean prior to the operation.  This position offers a flexible schedule with bathing times throughout the day.  The minimum age requirement for this position is 18 years old. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Foster Home Volunteers

    Volunteer as a Foster Parent for puppies, kittens, dogs, or cats in your home!  The animals may be too young for adoption, may be recovering from an illness or minor injury, or may need behavioral training.  Whatever the case, Foster Parents provide necessary care to animals in need allowing more animals to go into permanent adoptive homes.  This position involves working with the Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Department and requires a desire to nurture and train the animals.  Foster animals may need to come back to the shelter for occasional check-ups until the animal is ready for adoption.  The commitment for foster placement is normally for 2-7 weeks at a time.  A staff member or volunteer will set up a time to meet in your home to discuss the program and to answer questions prior to your first placement.  You will then be contacted as animals become available for fostering.  In addition, all personal pets must be current on vaccinations. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Safe Haven Foster Program

    The Wisconsin Humane Society and Sojourner Family Peace Center have partnered to provide the Safe Haven program, which offers up to 60 days of shelter for animals of domestic violence victims. Many victims are hesitant to leave a dangerous situation because they fear for their animal’s safety. This program makes it possible for victims to leave a dangerous situation without losing their companion animal. Animals provide companionship, comfort, and unconditional love to women and children affected by domestic violence, and preserving the bond between families and their animals is vitally important. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Home Stretch Foster Program

    Animals at MADACC who are not claimed by their owners may qualify for the program if they are too young or too sick to be transferred out of the facility for immediate placement. They will instead be sent to recuperate in volunteer foster homes. Once they are healthy, they will enter the adoption program at WHS. The program will also be available to healthy unclaimed animals if the organizations simply need more space to house them before adoption. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Children's Program Volunteers 

    Children’s Program Volunteers have the unique opportunity to touch the lives of young people and teach them about the work we do at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Help young people discover how amazing animals are, how to interact with animals safely, and how to treat them with respect and kindness. Opportunities are available for Birthday Parties, Scout Nights, Outreach Programs, Story Time, summer camps and more! If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Office Hopper

    Our Office Hoppers assist our Adoption Counseling staff in the mornings with getting everything ready for the day.  Volunteers help us make animal profiles, check our website for animal pictures, help stock supplies, and other misc. duties. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Website Assistants

    Volunteers help take beautiful pictures of our adoptable animals for the website.  They have great patience to make sure they get the right picture.  In this position volunteers help weekday mornings from 8:00am to 10:00am and weeknights from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Volunteers need to be 18 years and older. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Pets For Life Community Outreach Volunteers

    The Pets for Life program targets underserved areas with limited access to pet care resources and information. Pet owners in these communities love their animals, and providing them with information and critical services like spay/neuter and vaccinations will help reduce animal suffering, strengthening the bond between animals and people. Learn more about how you can become a Pets For Life volunteer here.
  • Veterinary Services

    This volunteer position would be ideal for individuals interested in becoming a Veterinarian.  Volunteers would have the opportunity to assist our Veterinary Technicians with a variety of duties including; providing medication, cleaning, and other preparations or treatments.  The minimum age for this position is 18 years or older. Please note: this position is only available to volunteers who have served for five months or longer. Slots are limited and are available by promotion only.  
  • Special Events / Docent

    Interested in having fun and spreading the word about the Wisconsin Humane Society during events throughout the year?  This is the position for you!  We are invited to attend several events throughout the year, and we need volunteers to assist in educating the community about who we are and what we do.  Volunteers will be asked to participate in events such as; festivals, fairs, tours, birthday parties, boy/girl scout nights and other activities that arise.  This is a position for someone who enjoys meeting new people, learning new things, interacting and having fun.  There is specialized training for this position due to the extensive nature of information needed to attend events.  Volunteers will need to know in-depth about the Humane Society in order to effectively answer questions, and assist groups.  This is a position for individuals 18 years and older, and involves a one-year commitment. Individuals who apply for this position will be interviewed and upon acceptance will start training. Please note: this position is only available to volunteers who have served for five months or longer. Slots are limited and are available by promotion only. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities at the WHS Ozaukee Campus

Questions about Ozaukee Campus volunteer positions? Please contact Rachelle at 262-988-5949 or rlejeune@ozaukeehumane.org.

  • Adoption Teammate

    As an Adoption Teammate volunteer, you will assist our adoption counseling department by working with adopters to finalize the adoption process. Teammates will work with clients to explain the adoption packet, process signed contracts and agreements, and release animals to their new families. Teammates may also assist in greeting visitors to the facility, basic administrative duties of the Adoption Counseling department, and at offsite adoption events. Shifts for this position are two hours in length. The greatest need is on evenings and weekends. The minimum age requirement is 18 years and older. If you are interested in this position, please fill out our volunteer application. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Adoption Greeter

    Be the first friendly face our clients see when they come into the building!  We are looking for enthusiastic, outgoing, detail-oriented volunteers to assist the Adoption Counseling staff.  Duties include greeting visitors to the facility, helping potential adopters sign in to meet with an adoption counselor, answering questions, and directing guests in the shelter.  This is a great way to meet new people!  Adoption Greeters must be 18 years old to apply.  A commitment of at least three hours per week for a minimum of six months is required. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Animal Antics Retail Store

    Assist with the operation of our retail shop, Animal Antics!  Volunteers will be responsible for assisting clients in the purchase of appropriate items for their newly adopted pets!  Volunteers will also perform cash handling, stocking merchandise, light cleaning and other duties as needed.  Prior retail experience is helpful but not required.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Excellent communication skills and dependability are essential.  Volunteers will report to the Retail Store Supervisor.  A commitment of two hours or more per week for a minimum of six months is required. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Shelter Crew

    As you can imagine, much goes on to keep our facility up and running! We could not do it without the help of our volunteers. In this position, you will be helping with laundry (washing, drying, and folding) and preparing enrichment toys for our dogs. Volunteers can be 13 years and older in this position with an adult.  This is an introductory position at our Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses.  Volunteers who want to work with domestic animals at Milwaukee or Ozaukee Campuses start in this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Dog Walking & Socialization

    Exercise! Regular exercise is important for both humans and animals. Our Dog Walkers provide each dog in adoption the opportunity to get outside and stretch their legs, while also focusing on establishing lifelong behaviors that will make the animal more adoptable and a great canine citizen!  Volunteers must be able to read and write about each dog, be able to handle all sizes and types of dogs, walk short distances, and be dedicated to maintaining a clean environment.  Prior experience in animal handling with dogs is preferred.  Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent and willing to continue throughout Wisconsin weather.  Racine Campus volunteers must be 18 years and older to walk dogs. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Cat, Rabbit & Small Animal Socialization

    Spend quality time cuddling with cats or rabbits on Adoption Avenue!  Volunteers use the socialization rooms to allow the cats or rabbits, one by one, a bit of time for play, grooming, treats, and additional enrichment practices.  Volunteers also fill out a brief evaluation about each animal to assist Adoption Counselors in making the perfect match.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or at least 13 years old with a parent.  Participants must have the physical ability to transfer animals from kennels and use proper animal handling and disease prevention techniques.  Training and assistance are provided during the first play session with an experienced volunteer or staff member.  The cat and rabbit socialization programs are not combined and have separate training and schedules. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • RELAX Dog Socializer

    The RELAX program allows volunteers to work one on one with certain shelter dogs to develop confidence and focus on positive behaviors.  Volunteer socializers read aloud to the dogs to help them become familiar with different voices and learn to settle nicely, or RELAX, when they encounter new visitors.  This program helps the dogs feel more comfortable in new environments and enriches their minds while they are waiting to find their new loving homes.  What a great way to give dogs well needed attention and get some reading in at the same time!  Volunteers need to be 18 years and older in this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Dog Shine

    Restore that glorious shine to the adoption dogs by bathing them prior to their spay/neuter surgery!  There is nothing more appealing than a clean dog to take home!  Once spayed/neutered, the dogs cannot be bathed for at least 10 days due to the incision.  For this reason, it is important for them to be squeaky clean prior to the operation.  This position offers a flexible schedule with bathing times throughout the day.  The minimum age requirement for this position is 18 years old. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Foster Home Volunteers

    Volunteer as a Foster Parent for puppies, kittens, dogs, or cats in your home!  The animals may be too young for adoption, may be recovering from an illness or minor injury, or may need behavioral training.  Whatever the case, Foster Parents provide necessary care to animals in need allowing more animals to go into permanent adoptive homes.  This position involves working with the Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Department and requires a desire to nurture and train the animals.  Foster animals may need to come back to the shelter for occasional check-ups until the animal is ready for adoption.  The commitment for foster placement is normally for 2-7 weeks at a time.  A staff member or volunteer will set up a time to meet in your home to discuss the program and to answer questions prior to your first placement.  You will then be contacted as animals become available for fostering.  In addition, all personal pets must be current on vaccinations. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Children's Program Volunteers 

    Children’s Program Volunteers have the unique opportunity to touch the lives of young people and teach them about the work we do at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Help young people discover how amazing animals are, how to interact with animals safely, and how to treat them with respect and kindness. Opportunities are available for Birthday Parties, Scout Nights, Outreach Programs, Story Time, summer camps and more! If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Website Assistants

    Volunteers help take beautiful pictures of our adoptable animals for the website.  They have great patience to make sure they get the right picture.  In this position volunteers help weekday mornings from 8:00am to 10:00am and weeknights from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Volunteers need to be 18 years and older. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Veterinary Services

    This volunteer position would be ideal for individuals interested in becoming a Veterinarian.  Volunteers would have the opportunity to assist our Veterinary Technicians with a variety of duties including; providing medication, cleaning, and other preparations or treatments.  The minimum age for this position is 18 years or older. Please note: this position is only available to volunteers who have served for five months or longer. Slots are limited and are available by promotion only.  
  • Special Events / Docent

    Interested in having fun and spreading the word about the Wisconsin Humane Society during events throughout the year?  This is the position for you!  We are invited to attend several events throughout the year, and we need volunteers to assist in educating the community about who we are and what we do.  Volunteers will be asked to participate in events such as; festivals, fairs, tours, birthday parties, boy/girl scout nights and other activities that arise.  This is a position for someone who enjoys meeting new people, learning new things, interacting and having fun.  There is specialized training for this position due to the extensive nature of information needed to attend events.  Volunteers will need to know in-depth about the Humane Society in order to effectively answer questions, and assist groups.  This is a position for individuals 18 years and older, and involves a one-year commitment. Individuals who apply for this position will be interviewed and upon acceptance will start training. Please note: this position is only available to volunteers who have served for five months or longer. Slots are limited and are available by promotion only.

Volunteer Opportunities at the WHS Racine Campus

Questions about Racine Campus volunteer positions? Please contact Liz at 414-431-6103 or ldriss@wihumane.org.

  • Adoption Teammate

    As an Adoption Teammate volunteer, you will assist our adoption counseling department by working with adopters to finalize the adoption process. Teammates will work with clients to explain the adoption packet, process signed contracts and agreements, and release animals to their new families. Teammates may also assist in greeting visitors to the facility, basic administrative duties of the Adoption Counseling department, and at offsite adoption events. Shifts for this position are two hours in length. The greatest need is on evenings and weekends. The minimum age requirement is 18 years and older. If you are interested in this position, please fill out our volunteer application. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Shelter Crew

    As you can imagine, much goes on to keep our facility up and running! We could not do it without the help of our volunteers. In this position, you will be helping with laundry (washing, drying, and folding) and preparing enrichment toys for our dogs. Volunteers can be 13 years and older in this position with an adult.  This is an introductory position at our Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses.  Volunteers who want to work with domestic animals at Milwaukee or Ozaukee Campuses start in this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Dog Walking & Socialization

    Exercise! Regular exercise is important for both humans and animals. Our Dog Walkers provide each dog in adoption the opportunity to get outside and stretch their legs, while also focusing on establishing lifelong behaviors that will make the animal more adoptable and a great canine citizen!  Volunteers must be able to read and write about each dog, be able to handle all sizes and types of dogs, walk short distances, and be dedicated to maintaining a clean environment.  Prior experience in animal handling with dogs is preferred.  Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent and willing to continue throughout Wisconsin weather.  Racine Campus volunteers must be 18 years and older to walk dogs. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Foster Home Volunteers

    Volunteer as a Foster Parent for puppies, kittens, dogs, or cats in your home!  The animals may be too young for adoption, may be recovering from an illness or minor injury, or may need behavioral training.  Whatever the case, Foster Parents provide necessary care to animals in need allowing more animals to go into permanent adoptive homes.  This position involves working with the Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Department and requires a desire to nurture and train the animals.  Foster animals may need to come back to the shelter for occasional check-ups until the animal is ready for adoption.  The commitment for foster placement is normally for 2-7 weeks at a time.  A staff member or volunteer will set up a time to meet in your home to discuss the program and to answer questions prior to your first placement.  You will then be contacted as animals become available for fostering.  In addition, all personal pets must be current on vaccinations. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Website Assistants

    Volunteers help take beautiful pictures of our adoptable animals for the website.  They have great patience to make sure they get the right picture.  In this position volunteers help weekday mornings from 8:00am to 10:00am and weeknights from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Volunteers need to be 18 years and older. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.
  • Veterinary Services

    This volunteer position would be ideal for individuals interested in becoming a Veterinarian.  Volunteers would have the opportunity to assist our Veterinary Technicians with a variety of duties including; providing medication, cleaning, and other preparations or treatments.  The minimum age for this position is 18 years or older. Please note: this position is only available to volunteers who have served for five months or longer. Slots are limited and are available by promotion only.  

Volunteer Application

Fill out an application to become a volunteer today! 

Foster Parent Application

Click here to apply for the WHS Foster Program. 

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