Oregon Humane Society

The Oregon Humane Society provides groups of 4–10 adults, or groups of 4–10 youths plus 1–2 chaperones, an exciting and rewarding one-time volunteer experience at OHS. If interested in scheduling a small 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 small group experience


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Why participate?

Small groups are instrumental in helping OHS socialize and prepare our animals for new homes. Your help will provide the animals with the attention they need and the social skills that help them get adopted. 



Who can participate?

People 12 years of age or older who can squat, stand, bend, lift and twist for long periods of time can volunteer at OHS. Youth under 12 years of age cannot volunteer at OHS.



When small groups can volunteer

Group volunteer sessions are generally available daily from 1 pm–3 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am–12 pm. 



Volunteer more than once as a group

Multiple visits are welcome, but are limited to once a month. If the group participants are the same for all visits after the initial volunteer session, subsequent visits will consist of direct work with the animals.



What group visits include

Visits are two hours in length and begin with a 45-minute training/tour that includes information on the shelter and animal handling skills. After training, the volunteer session includes approximately 45 minutes of visiting time with the dogs in our outside yards, and approximately 30 minutes of visiting time in colony rooms with the cats.


While visiting with the animals, volunteers help with animal socialization (petting, exercising, and grooming) and cleaning (scooping poop, etc.). Socialization helps pets get adopted faster and provides needed attention. 



Prepare for a visit

Youths 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 youths are required to have personal or organizational health insurance coverage. Youths without complete forms or insurance coverage are not allowed to participate. One chaperone (25 years or older) for every ten youths 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.