Kids & Teens


The Atlanta Humane Society needs volunteers of all ages in our community. Donating your time, energy, and talents is a great way to support the many programs and services the AHS provides for people and animals throughout the Southeast. Following are some fun ideas for volunteer groups and individuals. Feel free to come up with projects of your own too, but note that all projects using the AHS name must be approved first.

For animals at the shelter

Unfortunately, you aren’t able to volunteer at the AHS until you are 18 years old, but that doesn’t keep you from making a difference in the lives of animals now. There are LOTS of ways you can help the animals at the Atlanta Humane Society and everywhere.


Since we rely on donations from kind-hearted people to run the Shelter, donations are always a welcomed gift! You can hold a bake sale, host a car wash, or some other fund-raiser at your school or in your neighborhood, and donate the money you raise to the AHS. Some kids elect to turn their birthday parties into fund-raisers by asking that party-goers bring money to be donated to the AHS, in lieu of birthday presents. For more information on how to hold a fundraiser, click here.


  • Collection of proceeds from youth fundraising projects should be handled by one person (the sponsor, teacher or responsible student). To prevent any misrepresentation, funds should be given immediately to AHS.
  • The AHS assumes no expenses, liabilities, or responsibility for the event. All liabilities are the responsibility of the youth organization during the event.
  • Always get approval for any function from the principal or other school official before holding an event on school grounds.
  • The Society gives permission to use our name as follows: “Proceeds from this event (or sale) will be donated to the Atlanta Humane Society to help our Society Pets.”

Wish List

Collect items from our wish list and donate them to the Shelter to directly help the animals and those who care for them. You can find our wish list here.


1.)Get a current LICENSE for your dog. Georgia law requires all dogs and cats to be licensed. This means you will need to have your dog or cat that is OVER four months old vaccinated against rabies. Then you send proof of that vaccination to the county office where you live, and they send you a tag for your pet to wear on its collar. This tag tells people that your pet has had its rabies shot, and it tells the county what types of pets you own. This tag is different from an IDENTIFICATION TAG, which is not required by law but is a very important item for your pet to wear.

2.)Get an I.D. tag for your dog or cat. This tag will have your pet’s name, your name, your address, your phone number, and possibly your veterinarian’s phone number on it. That way, if your pet ever gets lost, someone can contact you, and you and your pet can be reunited. A pet without an I.D. tag may never find its way home, and if someone finds it, it can’t tell them where it lives!

3.)Feed your pet the proper food. Dog food for dogs, cat food for cats, puppy food for puppies…you get the idea. Read books about your pet, and ask your veterinarian to find out what kind of food is best for your pet. Pets should not eat “people food” unless it is recommended by the vet. (For instance, guinea pigs need green leafy vegetables on a regular basis to stay healthy). The best dog and cat food are made of high-quality ingredients and less filler.

4.)Your pet should have access to fresh, clean water at all times, especially when the weather is hot! Since pets do not sweat, they can overheat quickly and possibly die. Change your pets’ water at least every 12 hours if it spends lots of time outside, and make sure the water dish stays in a shady area. In the winter, water is still important, and it can freeze in the dish.

5.)Exercise your dog or cat EVERY day! It is good for you AND your pet. Play ball with your dog and drag toys for your cat to chase and pounce on. The more time you spend with your pet, the happier he or she will be!