Consider Joining Our Volunteer Team!
So much to do . . . every single day of the year! Our volunteers contribute to the care of the shelter's animals in a variety of ways. We value each and every person and the gift they give through their time and talent! Some of the opportunities available to volunteers are listed below. We hope that you will consider submitting a Volunteer Application so that we may talk with you about your interest in becoming a member of our team. Applications may be obtained at the shelter or by clicking on the following link to submit it to us online.
SHELTER HELP: Each morning as our care staff cleans and disinfects all of the kennels and cages, a volunteer is on hand to help with sanitizing food and water bowls, washing and drying laundry, and tidying the shelter's office.
ANIMAL TRANSPORTS: Volunteers often transport animals to local veterinary clinics to be spayed or neutered. This is a great way to be part of the solution to pet overpopulation and directly benefit individual animals!
SPECIAL EVENTS/FUNDRAISING: Throughout the year, our shelter hosts or participates in various community and fundraising events. These events raise a large portion of the funds which enable us to care for the lost and homeless pets of Jefferson County. They offer the public a chance to learn more about our facility and also provide a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
OFFICE SUPPORT: If you love to keep everything in its place, then we may have just the right spot for you! We often have volunteer opportunities available for folks who would like to assist with clerical tasks such as filing, organizing and preparing materials for events.
SATELLITE ADOPTION CENTER: PetSmart West of Madison partners with the HSJC to provide additional adoption opportunities for the shelter's animals. Whether it fits your schedule to spend an afternoon staffing an information booth at the store, or stopping in to “spot clean” cages and socialize with adoptable cats, we'd love to have you as part of our team!
FOSTER CARE: Are you interested in opening your home to shelter animals (predominantly kittens or mother cats with litters) in need of temporary foster care? Foster homes free up much needed cage space at the shelter while also positively affecting the health and socialization of the fostered animals. We furnish all food, supplies and instructions – you provide the temporary housing, love and care!
GROUNDS AND MAINTENANCE: We always appreciate assistance in keeping the shelter's grounds and buildings in working order. Let us know if you'd like to help with landscaping or weeding, or maybe you have carpentry skills that we could put to good use?
If you have any other special talents, we'd love to hear from you. Volunteers and their contributions are an essential part of the HSJC's operations. Our hardworking and friendly staff is very appreciative of any and all volunteer assistance.