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.

We are not accepting applications at this time. Our orientations for the rest of this year are sold out. We will begin fresh in January 2017, and will have new information posted then.


Volunteers are the life force of the Atlanta Humane Society. They touch every aspect of our operation, and enable us to expand our reach, impact more animals, and in turn – save more lives.

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 must go through an application, placement and training process prior to beginning their service, and are asked to make a 6-month or longer service commitment to our pets and mission. This training prepares them to work within our campuses facilitating adoptions, caring for our animals and extending our reach in the community by representing us at off-site community outreach activities and at special events.

By joining AHS’ team of dedicated volunteers, you’ll build relationships with other like-minded people in your community, and with the animals themselves.

Submitting an application is the first step to becoming a volunteer with the Atlanta Humane Society. 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. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.  Your application will stay on file for 90 days to give you ample opportunity to register for a volunteer orientation session. The commitment required, the process we use for volunteer placement and scheduling and an overview of your initial opportunities as a volunteer are all explained during this session.

Once accepted into the program, volunteers complete 16 hours of volunteer service “learning the basics” as a LEVEL ONE volunteer. Upon completion of those hours, new volunteers mentor with an experienced volunteer mentor. The mentor session consists of a 2-3 hour hands-on training session with an experienced volunteer mentor. Mentor sessions are designed to walk new volunteers through a typical day of volunteering at the shelter and/or out in the community for a visiting pet program visit or at a community event to ensure that the principles discussed during training can be practically applied.

A $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. At the volunteer orientation you will learn about the history, mission, services and programs the Atlanta Humane Society offers the community. We will talk in depth about the volunteer opportunities available, the training involved and time commitment required. Most volunteer positions at AHS require new volunteers to participate in at least one (1) mentor session once the initial 16 hours are completed.  To remain active, volunteers must meet the hours-per-month standard set for their assignment.

Please note:

  • The information above IS NOT for our Community Service Program. It is for those interested in long-term, ongoing volunteer opportunities.
  • The volunteer program, training, and opportunities offered through the Atlanta Humane Society apply only to the Atlanta Humane Society locations in Atlanta, Georgia and Alpharetta, GA. We are not affiliated with any other shelters or groups, so their policies may be different.
  • 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 emails listed below:
    • Howell Mill Campus:
    • Mansell Campus: