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Volunteer FAQs

How much of a commitment will I be required to make?
Volunteers are asked to commit to 6 months of service and at least 3 hours a month.  Shifts are typically 3-4 hours long and are available every day of the week.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at our shelter, even with parental supervision. Younger folks are encouraged to get involved in community outreach as Shelter Ambassadors. Check out our Junior Volunteers section.

I have a community service project due for my school; can I fulfill my requirement at HSC?
Most community service projects are too short-termed to be fulfilled at our shelter, but outside projects, like organizing donation drives for items on our wish list, are often a perfect fit for projects that only require a few hours.

Can I come in just to play with the puppies and kittens?
Taking care of all our animals is a LOT of work, and socializing them is one small part of a big job. We need to provide for their physical wellbeing first, and that means cleaning up after them and making sure all our adult dogs have been walked before we have time to play with any of the animals. We hope that volunteers will be able to spend some of their time socializing during each shift, but due to the large number of animals we are often responsible for, that is not always the case.

Does the Humane Society of Charlotte have volunteer opportunities for groups?
Our group opportunities focus on immediate needs of the shelter and/or projects. Because of the size of our shelter we have limited opportunities and only small groups will be accommodated on site. If you have a group that is interested in volunteering at our facility for a project, please contact us for more information.

Why do you charge a fee for volunteering?
We have a very large volunteer program that requires resources to coordinate.  By charging for volunteer orientation, we can offset these costs and ensure that more of our resources can go directly to the care of the animals. The fee is paid at orientation and can be paid with cash, check or credit.  It also covers the cost of your initial volunteer T-shirt.

Is there a dress code for volunteers?
We ask that our volunteers wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and our green t-shirts. We do not permit volunteers to wear running shorts, flip flops, tank tops, or bare mid-riff shirts. If you are dressed inappropriately, you may be asked to leave.

Do I have to volunteer a certain number of hours?
We require our volunteers to make a commitment of 3 hours per month for at least 6 months. This ensures that the volunteers have a good understanding of shelter policy and procedures and also ensures the well-being of the shelter animals through consistent care. The hours may be split in to two separate one-hour shifts if necessary to fit your schedule.

When can I volunteer?
The shelter is open to its volunteers from 8am to 6pm seven days per week. These hours are not the adoption hours for the public, only hours for the care of the animals at the shelter.  We open to the public at eleven every day for adoptions!

Can I volunteer for the shelter at any other locations?
While we are an independent shelter with locations in Charlotte and Huntersville, HSC has many events for you to participate in throughout the community. You will receive email updates and announcements on our Facebook group with those opportunities.

Can I perform multiple volunteer tasks? (Cat, Dog, Spay/Neuter Clinic and Foster Care)?
We recommend that you pick one area and get familiar with the duties involved before adding on additional training. However, you can go through different training classes in later months with no additional charge.

Do you have a program for court-ordered community service hours?
Because of the large number of requests for court-ordered community service hours, we can only accommodate DUI offenses with a minimum of 20 hours.  Please click here to read more about our CSR Program.

Can I Start Volunteering Tomorrow?
We appreciate the enthusiasm of our volunteer applicants but it does take some time and training to become a HSC volunteer. If your application matches our needs, you will be contacted and invited to complete orientation and training. Remember, it can take some time to become a volunteer, but we are certain you will find the training you receive with us to be a valuable addition to your skills.

My schedule is unpredictable and I can’t guarantee availability. Can I still volunteer?
A volunteer’s options will be limited by their availability. Some positions (such as Kennel and Customer Service volunteers) require a structured time shift, whereas others (like Special Projects) are much more flexible. Whatever your availability might be, there is a volunteer program to fit your schedule and interests.

I want to help Community Cats in my neighborhood. Do I need to be a volunteer?
If you want to help a colony of cats in your neighborhood through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), you do not need to be a volunteer. We loan out cat traps to members of the public. We do have a larger TNR program, and welcome volunteers in a variety of roles.