Frequently Asked Questions

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 60 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.

Training requirements vary, depending on the volunteer position you choose. As you gain experience, more opportunities open up to you.
A $25 fee is required to help off-set program expenses and volunteer supplies.
We require a minimum six-month commitment of service and a 6-hour per month schedule.
The minimum age to begin volunteering at AHS is 18.
We really appreciate the interest and enthusiasm to join our wonderful volunteer group, however, it does take some time and training to become an AHS volunteer.
The Atlanta Humane Society is not affiliated with any other shelters. AHS is a private, non-profit organization. Any interested persons must complete Volunteer Training at AHS.
We typically do not have opportunities for groups to volunteer at our shelters. If you are a corporate group, please contact Jeff Esola at jesola@atlantahumane.org for information on how you can support the animals we serve.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may fulfill required hours for school through our community service program.
Yes, orientations are held every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm at both of our locations . More information can be found here.