Volunteer at OHS

OHS was founded by 14 volunteers in 1868, and today relies on over 2,000 volunteers to keep the shelter operating. OHS Volunteers support our mission, enrich the lives of animals and partner with the staff in every department of our organization. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, youths, teams and more. We strive to foster collaboration between staff and volunteers to ensure meaningful opportunities for our volunteers, as well as the staff and animals of OHS.


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

Youth volunteers »
Youth, ages 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.

To volunteer at our Salem Campus, please follow this link for more information.   

Resources for Current Volunteers

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