Volunteer at OHS

OHS was founded by 14 volunteers in 1868, and today relies on nearly 2,000 volunteers to keep the shelter operating. Today, we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, youths, groups and more.


Adult volunteers »
Adults age 18 and up can volunteer in a wide variety of ways. Find the volunteer application and more info here.

Youth volunteers »
Youths age 12-17 can join our Youth Volunteer program. (For youths under 12, check out our after-school clubs and other student programs here.)

Group volunteers »
OHS offers volunteer opportunities for community and corporate groups. These popular activities fill quickly – schedule yours today!

Foster care volunteers »
Our network of foster volunteers care for pets in their own homes until they are ready to be adopted.

Mandated service »
If you need to fulfill court-mandated community service hours, OHS offers a program especially for this.

Resources for Current Volunteers

Volunteer Info Center Log In ButtonThe Volunteer Information Center is the place to schedule your hours online, view or print a report of your hours, post your commute or OHSTAR hours, and update your profile.

View the Noseweek newsletter filled with upcoming opportunities, and find resource documents, contact information and much more.