How to Become a Volunteer


Do you love spending time with animals? If so, we need you!

The wonderful volunteers at Atlanta Humane Society help socialize our dogs and cats on a daily basis. Are you interested in working with the animals at AHS? If so, the animals would love to meet you.

Compassionate, dedicated volunteers are the life force of the Atlanta Humane Society, and they are needed in all areas of our shelters – and beyond.

AHS has a strong commitment to the people and pets we serve, and we ask for an equally strong commitment from the volunteers who work with us.

All AHS Volunteers go through an application and orientation process prior to beginning their service. Those who come on board are asked to make a minimum 6-month commitment to our animals and our mission.

By joining AHS’ team of dedicated volunteers, you’ll build relationships with other like-minded people in your community. You’ll learn to work with our animals, help facilitate their adoption into new homes and extend our reach into the community by representing AHS programs at off-site activities and special events.

Submitting an application is the first step.

If accepted into the program, further instructions for scheduling an orientation will be sent to the email address you provide. Acceptance and placement are based on our needs and your availability and interests.

Your application will stay on file for 90 days to give you ample opportunity to register for a volunteer orientation session.

The opportunities we offer, the process we use for volunteer placement, scheduling and training are all explained during this session.

$25.00 fee is charged to help offset the cost of training and volunteer supplies (t-shirt, apron and leash or cat activity pack) at the time you reserve a seat in an orientation.

Please note:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
  • This program is NOT for those who are completing hours for a school or court community service requirement. For information on our Community Service Program Click Here.


Orientations for the Mansell Campus are closed until 2018.

Orientations for the Howell Mill Campus are closed until 2018.

If, after reviewing all of the information regarding the volunteer program at the Atlanta Humane Society, you still have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate volunteer services office at the email addresses below: