By joining the Greenville Humane Society Volunteer Program, you will become a part of a large community of people who genuinely care about finding homes for animals in the Greenville Community. Our volunteers are hardworking, dedicated, passionate, kind, and not afraid to get their hands dirty!
- All volunteers must be 15 or older
- Prospective volunteers must fill out an application. All volunteers are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- All volunteers must go through an orientation session prior to beginning their volunteer services
- We ask all of our volunteers to make a minimum 6-month commitment to serve the animals in our care, at least once a week
- We do not fulfill court-ordered or pre-trial intervention community service hours. This rule includes all regular and alternate volunteer opportunities including hours awarded for item donations and fostering pets.
We offer various volunteer opportunities to fit all different skillsets. From greeting, to dog walking, to helping keep kennels clean for the sake of our animals’ health.
Assist Greenville Humane Society Adoption team by taking care of our adoptable puppies and kittens! This position is not about cuddling the animals, but rather taking care of them and ensuring their kennels are clean. Tasks also include working in our volunteer room and helping to keep our facility healthy and clean.
Take adult dogs on walks to provide exercise and add enjoyment to their time at the Greenville Humane Society, work on simple commands and leash walking skills, and socialize them with humans as well as other animals. Dedicate time to assisting staff with household chores like laundry, washing dishes, sweeping, cleaning, and organizing.
Greet every customer that visits our Adoption Center throughout the weekend. Our weekends are our busiest times for adoptions, and we want everyone who comes through our doors to feel welcome. This job position requires the volunteer to smile, have an outgoing personality, and be able to retain knowledge about our facility that they can in turn give out to customers.
Assist Greenville Humane Society staff members in the Medical Center! Keeping cages/runs clean, monitoring and socializing animals in holding rooms, and general Volunteer Room tasks and upkeep are some of the tasks you may be performing!
Assist Greenville Humane Society staff members in the Healing Place! Tasks include bathing animals coming out of isolation rooms, socializing the animals, assist in assembling and stocking bags to go out with our foster families and keeping kennels/runs clean and germ free!
Want to get involved, but your time constraints don’t fit with GHS’s schedule? No problem! There are plenty of ways you can help pets in our care. Explore alternate volunteer opportunities below.
As a Foster Parent, you will receive 8 volunteer hours per day when caring for one of our sick animals. Please let our Healing Place Manager know that you need hours and she will be able to approve them after the fostering period.
Check out our wish lists! These are items that we need donated to our facility on a regular basis. We award 1 hour per every five items donated from our lists. Donations can be dropped off at our Adoption Center during normal business hours.
There are plenty of fun crafts that you can make at home and bring in to the Greenville Humane Society–we call these “animal advocate” activities. Each craft is tied to a certain number of volunteer hours. See the PDF below for more ideas and information.
We have two different opportunities that your group may choose from when dedicating your time to our cause.
During an onsite group volunteer experience, your group will be hands-on at our facility completing tasks that will directly benefit the animals in our care. Some of our typical tasks you may perform include:
– Unfolding Newspaper for Puppies and Kittens
– Opening Syringes and Preparing Paper Collars
– Putting Together E-Collars for Post-Surgery Pets
– Making Peanut Butter Kongs for Animals
– Preparing Individual Flea/Tick/Heartworm Packets
– Folding Laundry/Washing Dishes in our Volunteer Room
– Helping with Mail by Stamping and Sealing Envelopes
– This opportunity is available Monday – Wednesday from 1 pm – 3 pm.
EmBARK is a volunteer-led program that allows your group to take our adoptable adult dogs on walking adventures off campus! During EmBARK outings, we focus on socializing our dogs, giving them the proper exercise to stay mentally and physically fit, and promoting them to the Greenville community. If you are energetic, active, and have a passion for both animals and wide-open spaces, EmBARK may be the program just for you!
If your group chooses to EmBARK with us, they will get to choose a location of their choice around the Greenville community to walk our adoptable adult dogs alongside our Volunteer Coordinator. All Greenville Humane Society Dogs will be transported to your desired location in the GHS Van, and volunteers may carpool to the destination.
This opportunity is available Monday–Wednesday from 9 am – Noon*. All participants must be at least 18 years of age and have previously completed 10 hours volunteering with the Greenville Humane Society prior to becoming eligible to apply.
*Please Note: Desired date must be at least two weeks out at time of application request.
Volunteer Application Process
Caregiver Orientations to Resume Fall 2021
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Greenville Humane Society. New volunteer orientations will resume in Fall 2021 for Caregiver positions only. If you are interested in a caregiving position, please complete our volunteer application below. For all other volunteer positions, orientations will be scheduled at a later date.
After submitting your application, our volunteer coordinator will review it within 2-5 business days. If your application is approved, you will then be required to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session where you will learn all of the important information required to be a successful volunteer at our facility. Upon registering for orientation, a small fee is required to help offset the cost of training and volunteer materials (volunteer t-shirt, volunteer handbook, and leash if required).
Your volunteer application will remain on file for 60 days, giving you two months to attend an orientation session. After 60 days have passed, you will be required to reapply.