INTERESTED IN EXERCISING, SOCIALIZING AND HELPING TO PLACE AHS DOGS AND CATS IN THEIR FOREVER HOMES? WE NEED YOU!
We rely on our dedicated volunteers to walk and the dogs, help build their confidence, play with our cats and answer the public’s questions about pet education and adoption. We are always in need of volunteers who are committed, caring and ready to make a difference in the lives of animals and adopters. By joining our team of dedicated volunteers, you will be helping to place as many adoptable animals as possible into loving homes, while positively impacting the community. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age–please carefully review the details below.
HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
The process for becoming an AHS volunteer differs between the Howell Mill and Mansell campuses:
HOWELL MILL CAMPUS
Attend our Volunteer Training session. During the session, you will learn about the history of Atlanta Humane Society, our mission and receive detailed information about the various volunteer opportunities available at the Howell Mill Campus. You will also receive detailed information about handling animals and the general procedures and policies of our organization. We do require a fee to cover the cost of training supplies (t-shirt, apron, and leash). Please click here to fill out an online application. When you submit the application, further instructions for scheduling a Volunteer Training session will be sent to the email address you provide. Trainings are held on predetermined dates, typically Thursday afternoons, as Thursdays are best for the Howell Mill Campus logistically. Expectations for a volunteer at the Howell Mill Campus is a minimum of 5 hours per month for at least 6 months.
Registering for a Volunteer Orientation is the first step to becoming a volunteer with the Atlanta Humane Society – Mansell Campus in Alpharetta. First, 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 and time commitment required, as well as the process we use for volunteer placement and scheduling. The 2nd hour will include completion of a questionnaire and a short interview with each prospective volunteer. Please click here to fill out an online application. We do require a $25.00 fee to cover the cost of training supplies (t-shirt, apron, and leash or cat activity pack), at the time you reserve a seat in our orientation. .When you submit the application, further instructions for scheduling an orientation will be sent to the email address you provide. Your application will stay on file for 90 days.
If accepted into the program, you will be required to complete 16 hours of volunteer service learning the basics as a LEVEL ONE volunteer, before mentoring for your preferred placement. At the time of your mentor session, you will talk with the coordinator to discuss schedule placement and shift assignments. Volunteers at the Mansell Campus are held to a 6-hour volunteering minimum per month to stay active. Most volunteer positions at AHS require new volunteers to participate in at least one (1) mentor session once the initial 16 hours are completed. The mentor session consists of a 2-4 hour hands-on-training session with a more experienced volunteer. 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.
*Please note: 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.
Please refer to our volunteer Frequently Asked Questions’s (FAQ’s) for more information.
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 volunteer coordinator at our campuses:
Howell Mill Campus: