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Make a difference in the lives of animals
Hear from volunteers about what it's like to work with the Humane Society:



MHHS volunteers are central to the success of our mission. On any given day, MHHS volunteers are:
  • Socializing shy animals by spending time with them
  • Exercising dogs by walking them on our trails or playing in one of our enclosed outdoor pens
  • Cleaning cages, caring for the cats and playing matchmaker by introducing cats to potential adopters at our Glenmont and Latham PetSmart Cat Adoption Centers
  • Representing MHHS at community events to spread the word on how to help the area's homeless, neglected and abused animals
  • Providing shelter tours to various groups
  • Visiting elementary school children to teach about compassion and humane animal care
  • Assisting our Development office with mailings
  • Sorting through countless returnable bottles and cans for our "Empties for Animals" fundraiser
  • Bringing home a new foster kitten, cat or dog and providing much-needed care
  • Working at one of our many special fundraising events, such as Around the World for Eighty Strays and Art Saves Animals

Although helping with the care of homeless, neglected and abused animals is a great responsibility, we want our volunteers to have fun, make new friends and feel they are making a difference in their community. If you love animals and are concerned about the issues of homeless pets, pet overpopulation, and animal abuse and neglect, please consider the many volunteer opportunities (listed in the Volunteer top menu) that help the animals at MHHS.

See what one volunteer has to say about his time at the Humane Society:



To become a volunteer:

After viewing our volunteer opportunities listed in the Volunteer menu at the top, please read our Frequently Asked Questions to become familiar with our program and find out how to get started.

  • For those looking to complete court-ordered or school-required community service, please contact our to discuss our Community Service program.
  • Too young to volunteer? Find out how you can still help the shelter animals by visiting our Ways Kids Can Help page.
  • Thinking about fostering? Please visit our Foster page for more information.


If you are interested in volunteering please complete the Volunteer Application. Our volunteer manager will contact you about our next information session.


Group Volunteer Needs:

Empties for Animals

MHHS invites groups and organizations to volunteer with us on an ongoing fundraising project to help the homeless animals of the Capital Region. You can hold a bottle drive and deliver the cans and bottles to us. You can also volunteer at the shelter outside on our grounds to help sort donated recyclable bottles and cans. You and your group can even collect cans and bottles then do the sorting. This is a great team-building opportunity, as well as a way to support a nonprofit organization in your neighborhood.

Letters and Mailings

Throughout the year, volunteer groups are needed to address and stuff envelopes for mass mailings.

Special Projects

If your group is from a specialized business or your group members have a particular talent (like carpentry, for example), please contact the to discuss possible ways to work on a project for the Society.


Take a look at the video that was shown at our 2013 volunteer appreciation diner:




vol·un·teer
Pronunciation: vŏl'ən-tîr'
1: a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service



Never doubt that a small group of committed people can
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