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Volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri!

The Humane Society of Missouri Volunteer Program helps fulfill the organization’s mission of providing second chances to animals that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. 

Our volunteers are committed to furthering that mission by supporting our staff, programs and events which are dedicated to providing humane treatment, improved quality of life and placement into forever homes for the animals in our care.

No matter what volunteer opportunity you select you will be helping provide second chances to animals in need.

Is volunteering at the Humane Society of Missouri right for you?

We hope so! Applicants must ensure a six-month volunteer committment and be at least 18 years of age. Regular volunteer opportunities are available at each of our St. Louis area shelters and at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri.

Currently, the Humane Society of Missouri is unable to provide service hours for school or organizational credit. Limited court ordered opportunities are available only at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, MO (about 1.5 hours west of St. Louis). For those under the age of 18, we encourage your involvment with our Education Department

You can also view more details on the training requirements.The Humane Society of Missouri strives to be environmentally friendly and primarily utilizes electronic communication. If you are unable to proceed with volunteering online, please call 314.951.1577 for personal assistance


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:How easy will it be to fit volunteering into my busy schedule?
A:Volunteering will fit into just about any schedule. Volunteers working directly with our animals will be asked to start their volunteer service during specific hours, but once you have completed your training and served 15-20 hours you can come in as your schedule permits. Typically, the "beginner" hours are weekday mornings, weekday afternoons and weekend mornings. Times can vary. You will be able to dicuss your individual schedule during the training classes.

Q:How much training is involved?
A: Each opportunity has a set of trainings required. All include an hour-long orientaiton and one-on-one mentoring with current volunteers or staff. Working directly with our animals will require additional class(es) along with mentoring. Please view our Volunteer Resource page for additional training information.

Q:Why is there so much training for walking the dogs?
A: Working with shelter animals is physically and emotionally challenging and much different than the interactions you may have with your personal pets. Additional training for volunteers who work directly with our animals is required to ensure the safety of our volunteers, animals, staff and any visitors. 

Q: Are there any fees for volunteering?

A: Volunteers will be asked to contribute $10 for their volunteer shirt and other supplies provided during training.  

Q:I am part of a group that would like to volunteer together?

A: Group volunteer activities are available at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri and during HSMO special events such as Bark in the Park or The Great Forest Park Balloon Glow. All members of the group must meet the specific requirements for the opportunity. If you have a group that would like to learn more about setting up a day of service, please email us.

Q:Where are your locations?
A: HSMO has three St. Louis area shelters (Chesterfield Valley, Maryland Heights and St. Louis City, near Forest Park) and Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri. Click here for directions.

Q:I am a college student in St. Louis for the summer, can I volunteer?
A: We typically request a volunteer provide 1-2 hours per week for 6 months due to the fact that amount of training required, especially for animal handling opportunities. We encourage college students to seek opportunities outside the animal handling activities and to apply/register for training before the end of the spring semester. 

Q: Do you have any internships available for college students?

A: Yes and No. The HSMO has limited options to host internships within the volunteer department. Internships would best be suited for students seeking college credit for experience in volunteer management/special events. If you are interested in discussing your specific needs, email us!