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Volunteer at the Racine Campus

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus! Every day, volunteers help improve the lives of animals and they each play a vital role in the success of our shelters which care for nearly 35,000 animals each year. Below you will find information about our volunteer program at the Racine Campus and how to become a volunteer. 

Requirements & Guidelines to Become a Volunteer

  • 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.
  • Volunteers must be able to read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information as well as being able to remember and follow shelter rules.
  • Volunteers must be able to understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.  If an individual cannot volunteer on your own, we may require that someone comes to assist.  
  • Volunteers must be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to: be able to stand, and/or walk for up to 3 hours; be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.  Some positions are more physical than others and require being able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Volunteers must be able to have regular access to the internet and an email account. 
  • Costs & Supplies – all volunteers need to purchase a volunteer t-shirt and name badge for total cost of $10+tax.
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Important Notes about Volunteering

  • We do not offer court-ordered community service. Please contact the Volunteer Center of Racine County, 262-886-9612, to see which organizations do offer court-ordered community service.  
  • We do not offer group volunteer opportunities for school groups.  If a school group is interested in doing a service project, please follow this link for options,
  • Due to limited resources and the required training for each volunteer position, we are not able to offer short-term volunteer experiences.
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Available Volunteer Positions

Below are the positions we're currently in need of at the Racine Campus. You will learn more about them at your Volunteer Information Session.

  • Shelter Crewage 16 and up alone, or ages 13-15 with an adult
  • Volunteer Adoption Counselor (Cats) - age 18 and up
  • Animal Care Volunteerage 18 and up
  • Dog Walking - age 18 and up
  • Dog Shine - age 18 and up
  • Veterinary Prepage 16 and up alone, or ages 13-15 with an adult
  • Veterinary Services - age 18 and up
  • Cat Socialization at the Kenosha PetSmart - age 18 and up
  • Foster - If you are interested in becoming a foster parent to an animal in need, please visit our Foster Information Page.
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How to Become a Volunteer

Step 1:  Attend Volunteer Information Session. The Volunteer Information Session will give you the opportunity to hear about our organization, our volunteer program and expectations, and what our current needs are.  Please register for an upcoming session on our calendar here.

Step 2:  Once you have attended the Volunteer Information Session, you will be given a link to complete the volunteer application.  You will then be contacted by WHS to initiate your training process.

Step 3:  Once we have received and reviewed your volunteer application, we contact you to schedule a Meet & Greet. The Meet & Greet will be a one on one meeting or in small groups with the department that you have expressed an interest to volunteer with.  At the Meet & Greet you will get a tour of the shelter, we will schedule further training and select your volunteer shift. We will also take payment for your volunteer t-shirt and name badge. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have training before I start to volunteer?

Yes. Each role has training sessions that cover all aspects of the volunteer role. Training is done with both staff and volunteer mentors. The time it takes to complete training varies, based on volunteer availability, training schedules and the specific training needs of the volunteer role.

I don’t have a computer or email; can I just fill out a paper application?

Due to the high volume of volunteer applicants we receive each year and the costs associated with paper applications, we are no longer able to process paper applications. The most cost-effective way for us to communicate with volunteer applicants and our current volunteers is with online services and email. For this reason, we have moved our application process online along with all of our volunteer scheduling.

Using email and online scheduling saves money on postage and printing costs, and helps to keep our program viable and efficient. Plus, the vast majority of communications between WHS and our volunteers is done via email. For this reason, we require that all volunteers have online access and a current email address

Can I be a part of the volunteer program if I have a criminal background?  

WHS requires all persons applying to volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer. A criminal background does not necessarily immediately disqualify you from volunteering.

Volunteers are scheduled one shift per week, what if I am going on vacation?

We understand that life can be busy and have made our scheduling process as flexible as we are able. To make scheduling easy to manage, volunteers have a set schedule working the same shift time on the same day of the week. Volunteers manage their own schedules online and we allow for regular vacations and pre-arranged shift adjustments. When removing themselves from the schedule, volunteers are welcome to pick up a make-up shift, but it is not required.

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