Become a Volunteer at MHS
Interested in helping to build a more humane community? Become a Volunteer at the Monadnock Humane Society and be a part of something wonderful! By Volunteering, you are helping enrich the lives of our Shelter Animals!
Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Volunteers ages 14 and 15, must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older at all times. The adult accompanying the youth Volunteer must also attend an orientation and the appropriate special training. (Please note - Canine Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.)
Here are the steps to becoming a Volunteer at Monadnock Humane Society:
1) Attend a Volunteer Orientation. These Orientations are approximately 2 hours. CALL OR E-MAIL with your name and Orientation date you will be attending - use the contact information provided at the bottom of this page. At Orientation, you will learn about MHS, the vital role Volunteers play at MHS and have a tour of the facility. PLEASE USE TRAINING CENTER ENTRANCE.
Next Orientation Dates 2013: (times and dates subject to change)
- Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm
- Friday, June 14, 2013 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
- Saturday July 6, 2013 from 9:00am until 11:00am
- Friday, July 19, 2013 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
- Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 9:00am until 11:00am
- Friday, August 23, 2013 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
- Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 9:00am until 11:00am
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
- Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 9:00am until 11:00am
- Friday, October 18, 2013 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
- Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:00am until 11:00am
- Friday, November 15, 2013 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
- Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00am until 11:00am
- Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
2) Please click here to download the Volunteer application. Bring this application with you to an Orientation session. If you are unable to print the application, one will be provided during the Orientation.
3) After attending the Volunteer Orientation you will receive additional training to be able to help in certain areas. Volunteers are required to attend trainings specific to areas of interest to ensure safe and appropriate animal handling, personal safety, disease control and proper animal cleaning protocols.
- Attend a Canine Safe-Handling and Enrichment training so that you may work more extensively with the shelter dogs. (Must be 18 years of age)
- Attend a Feline Safe-Handling and Enrichment training so that you may work more extensively with the shelter cats.
- Attend a Small Animal Safe Handling and Enrichment training so that you may work more extensively with the small animals.
All of the training offered will be outlined during Orientation. Times and dates will be announced at general orientation. Following completion of a general orientation and additional trainings, Volunteers can meet one-on-one with the Volunteer Coordinator to determine future goals and direction.
Schools, Churches, community service and other non-profit organizations wishing to participate in the MHS Volunteer Program (excluding court ordered) should contact Sam Mathewes, Volunteer Coordinator, at 352-9011, ext. 147 or firstname.lastname@example.org. MHS staff will work with teachers, program coordinators, and guardians/caregivers to establish an appropriate program for interested groups and/or individuals.
COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE
When available, MHS does offer volunteer service hours to court ordered volunteers. It is important that you contact us well in advance of your deadline which will give you a greater chance to be able to fulfill your hours with us, however, we cannot guarantee hours. All court ordered community service volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation. Please note: MHS reserves the right to refuse court ordered hours and reason for required hours must NOT pertain to the following:
- Animal Abuse
- Sexual Offense
Court ordered community service volunteers will be placed, when possible, in one of the following areas: Facilities Maintenance (yards, sweeping, mowing), Shelter Maintenance (laundry/dishes, cleaning, mopping) Court ordered community service volunteers will not be placed in positions working with the animals or visitors. Please contact Sam Mathewes, Volunteer Coordinator, at 352-9011, ext. 147 or email@example.com.