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Immediate Need for Foster Homes!

Thank you for being willing to foster for the Humane Society of Elkhart County. Our fosters are amazing people, who help get animals in a home environment, and ready to go to their fur-ever homes. We couldn’t do it without you!

To foster, we provide everything you’d need – food, medications, bowls, toys, treats, litter boxes, and anything you could think of. You just provide the love and care for the pet.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Maria Waltersdorf, Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 574-475-4732. Ready to foster? Click for Foster Application.

Saving Animals. Enriching Lives. Join Us!

Over 100 individuals help support the work of the shelter with their time and expertise. There are lots of volunteer opportunities at the Humane Society! The Humane Society provides a vast array of services for animal welfare in this community. As we look at volunteerism and making the best use of our volunteers’ time and talents, we want to ensure that we properly place people in the right kinds of positions.

The process of becoming a volunteer requires a commitment to learn about the organization and to become properly prepared to be an effective volunteer especially as you may be dealing with animals. We do our utmost to prepare our volunteers and to ensure that individuals who volunteer are suited to this type of work.

If you are interested in beginning a journey with the Humane Society, please fill out the volunteer application below. Maria, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you shortly. Any questions? Please contact Maria at 574-475-HSEC (4732) or [email protected]

Here are some ways you could be the difference.

Lobby Greeters – Volunteers in this program are significant in helping us create a kind, inviting atmosphere for guests visiting our adoption center. Volunteers serve as greeters at our welcome desk located in the adoption center lobby. They guide guests through our adoption process and answer additional guest questions.

Adoption Counselors – Volunteers help by facilitating successful interactions between guests and animals, answering questions, and communicating efficiently with adoption staff.

Dog Walkers – Volunteers provide positive reinforcement and socialization to alleviate stress and maintain the health and sociability of the dogs in our adoption program. Volunteers take dogs to the play yards for exercise and walk dogs around the property, offering treats, exercise, and love to our adoption dogs.

Dog Bathers – Volunteers will bathe dogs so they will be clean and fresh when they go to their new home, or before attending an animal showcase.

Cat Socializer – Volunteers provide cats in our adoption program with some much needed positive and relaxing attention. Volunteers offer toys, cuddles, and treats, encouraging socialization skills with the adoption cats.

Offsite Care Attendants – We have cats available for adoption at our local PetSmart Store.  Volunteers arrive at the each store every day of the week to care for and socialize the cats following detailed instructions.

Laundry and Dishes – Volunteers doing laundry wash, dry, fold, sort, and operate equipment. Volunteers doing dishes wash, soak (in sanitizing solution), and set dishes out to dry.

Animal Transporters – Volunteers will usually pick up animals from HSEC, (providing their own vehicle, gas, and insurance), and transport them to another location.

Kennel/Cage Cleaners – These volunteers are trained by staff to perform daily cleaning of dog kennels & cat cages.

Marketing/Media – Volunteers may take animals to special media events on radio or television. Always looking for assistance with multimedia projects including photography, video, editing and writing.

Red Barn – Volunteers oversee the operations of the Red Barn Retail Shop, including, sorting donated items, organizing, pricing, stocking, and running sales.

Fosters – Foster homes are needed for animals with special medical or social needs.  These animals/volunteers will be monitored by clinic and kennel staff as well as the volunteer coordinator.

Special Events – Volunteers are needed to assist with community and fundraising events.  This may include local fairs, festivals, and community events as well as other fundraising events.

Clerical/Office – Volunteers may be asked to complete adoption follow-up phone calls, file, stuff envelopes and other office projects.

Special Skills – Volunteers who are sewers, crocheters, builders, construction workers, or grounds maintenance are needed from time to time for special projects.

Shelter volunteers are required to attend a general orientation. Volunteers who wish to work directly with animals must also complete animal handling classes before working with animals.

HSEC Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in joining the HSEC Volunteer Program. As an HSEC volunteer you will play a vital role within our organization. Please note, this application is required to be completed before attending Cat or Dog Handing sessions. The information on this form will help us to find the most satisfying and appropriate position for you. After we review your application, you will be in contacted via email or phone. For any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maria at: 574-475-HSEC (4732) or [email protected]

  • Volunteer Requirements

    All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age with the ability to work independently, without assistance. Prior to placement, every volunteer must attend an orientation session. Each volunteer is required to work at least two shifts quarterly to remain on our active list. (Of course, there will be exceptions.) If you need to complete court-ordered community service hours, do not fill out this form. Please call our office at 574-475-HSEC (4732).
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