- OHS Youth Volunteers can log in to the Volunteer Information Center to schedule hours online, view or print a report of hours, or update your volunteer profile.
Youth Volunteer Center Website:
Youth Volunteer Program (for youth 12-17 years old)
The Youth Volunteer Program provides youth ages 12 to 17 a long-term volunteer opportunity (at least four hours monthly for six months). While in the shelter, Youth Volunteers participate in basic animal care and other shelter activities while under the supervision of the Youth and Community Group Volunteer Coordinator. In-shelter, short-term volunteer opportunities are not available for youth at OHS, but there are opportunities to help animals at home.
• Purchase volunteer supplies totaling $41.75 (details here).
• Be willing to spend a great deal of time (sometimes the entire two-hour shift) walking dogs. One of our goals is to walk all the shelter dogs. You should expect to walk "hyper" dogs that pull hard on leash much of the time.
What do Youth Volunteers do?
See our Youth Volunteer Handbook for more details.
• Handle puppies or kittens
The Youth Volunteer Program is currently full and we are not accepting applications. Please check back in August to learn about available shifts and openings. This page will be updated as soon as training slots become available. We do not have a waiting list or keep applications on file. Training sessions are filled on a first come first served basis.
OHS does not have a summer only volunteer program. Youth applying to volunteer must be able to help for a six month period of time.
OHS provides flexible scheduling so that volunteer work can fit easily into the lifestyles of busy teens. We require Youth Volunteers to give 4 hours of service monthly (two shifts per month) for a period of 6 consecutive months or more, but they are welcome to give more hours as availability allows. We do NOT assign Youth Volunteers specific shifts, instead youth can select from available shifts as it works for their schedule. A list of available shifts is below.
What are the benefits of becoming a Youth Volunteer?
To become a Youth Volunteer, follow the steps below. Please note that the Youth Volunteer Program is filled on a first come first served basis.
• Step 3: Your application will be reviewed by the Youth Volunteer Coordinator. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email that invites you to the next available Youth Volunteer Orientation (if your application is not accepted you will receive an email with further instructions). This training usually occurs on Wednesdays or Fridays from 4:00-6:00 and consists of two parts:
• Step 4: Schedule volunteer hours and have fun!!