Oregon Humane Society

The Oregon Humane Society provides groups of 10–30 people a rewarding one-time volunteer experience at OHS. If interested in scheduling a large group visit, please learn more below and fill out our Group Volunteer Interest form when ready.



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Thank you for your group's interest in volunteering at OHS. The pets at OHS rely entirely on your donations for food, shelter, and medical care. If your organization would like to make a donation to aid the animals and our volunteer program specifically, you can do so online.



Learn more about the large group experience


  Members of a large group participating in gardening activities at OHS.

Why participate?

Large groups are instrumental in helping us maintain our dog walking path and grounds. Your help will provide a safe and dry dog walking area for our homeless dogs and dedicated dog walking volunteers. 



Who can participate?

Anyone 18 years of age or older who can squat, stand, bend, lift and twist for long periods of time can volunteer. Youth 12-17 are welcome to participate with a signed waiver (see How to prepare). Youth under 12 years of age cannot volunteer at OHS.



When large groups can volunteer

Group volunteer sessions are generally available daily from 10 am–3 pm depending on staff availability to lead projects. OHS has limited availability for groups of this size, and can only accommodate approximately four to eight large groups yearly depending on organizational needs.



What group visits include

Visits are 3-4 hours in length and begin with a 45-minute training/tour that includes information on the shelter and volunteer activities. After training, the volunteer session includes approximately 2-3 hours of work on our dog walking path or grounds.


Work may include loading, hauling and spreading bark chips, as well as pruning, planting, weeding, and debris removal. All work materials are provided, although we recommend you bring your own gloves as they may be more comfortable for you. Please bring a water bottle, snack, and coat (depending on the weather). 



Prepare for a visit

Youth 12-17 years old must complete the Youth Group Volunteer Waiver Form ahead of time and bring it with them to the shelter. The forms must be complete with parent signature and indicate health insurance coverage. All youth are required to have personal or organizational health insurance coverage. Youth without complete forms or insurance coverage are not allowed to participate. One chaperone (25 years or older) per ten youth is required.


Adults (18 or older) will be asked to sign a waiver release on site.


All participants must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes/boots) when volunteering at the shelter and should leave valuables at home. Please be on time.



Schedule a group volunteer visit

To schedule a large group volunteer visit, please first submit our short Group Volunteer Interest form, found here. We will follow up with you once we receive your form.


If you have additional questions, you can contact the Youth and Community Group Volunteer Department directly at (503) 416-5032 or email us to learn more.