Being a volunteer for the Humane Society of Genesee County is one of the most important jobs you can have.

You must be 16 years or older to volunteer at the Humane Society of Genesee County. You’ll need the following:

  • A copy of your tetanus vaccine
  • A copy of your driver’s license or personal ID
  • A copy of your medical insurance card
  • A completed application (submitted 7 days prior to orientation date) 
  • $25 fee for cost of training, t-shirt and maintenance fees

Failure to turn in all required documents at the same time will automatically dismiss you from being a volunteer.

After applications are reviewed, you will receive a letter/email/phone call of confirmation with the final details of attending orientation. For safety and liability purposes, we reserve the right to deny volunteer applications submitted to HSGC.

For any additional questions, contact us at: volunteer@geneseehumane.org

Volunteer Application

These are the positions available for volunteering:

Bark Buddy

The Humane Society of Genesee County needs experienced dog handlers who want to stay fit and benefit our shelter dogs! Dog walkers must be able to handle dogs with lots of energy, understand safety alerts and animal body language. In addition, we need volunteers to brush and fluff dogs to make them beautiful and ready for adoption. Dog walkers must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Humane Society.

Foster Parent

In order to be a foster parent, you must be a volunteer for 3 months. Young animals, animals recovering from illness or surgery and animals of families in crisis are just some of the pets who thrive in the homes of Foster Parents. Foster Parents animals at home must be spayed or neutered and up to date on all vaccinations. Foster Parents must be willing to transport foster pets to the shelter for any medical treatment.


Greeters will be stationed in the lobby where they can greet visitors and potential adopters. Being a greeter requires background knowledge of the HSGC, including our programs, services and the ability to communicate effectively with our customers.

Kitty Cuddler

We are in need of volunteers who love to work with cats! As a volunteer working with our shelter cats, your job will be to brush, pet and exercise our feline friends. You will also be scooping littter boxes and making fun catnip toys for our cats to enjoy. You should have a firm knowledge of cat behavior and cat body language.

Morning Cage Clean (ages 18 and up)

This is an "in the trenches" volunteer job that requires you to be on a regular schedule. You must start at either 8:00 or 9:00 am, and stay until 11:00. It requires you to work with bleach and other cleaning chemicals, as well as scrub brushes and a lot of elbow grease! This is a great job for anyone who is interested in a career with animals to know what it really involves to maintain animals in a shelter situation. Must be age 18 and up and willing to commit to minimum of 1 day a week.


This is a necessary mainstay of the Humane Society volunteer program. As a volunteer for this position, you will be responsible for unfolding newspapers for our cages, washing dishes as needed and folding laundry.

Party Animal

If you have an outgoing personality, marketing and/or event planning experience, we need you! Whether we have a large or small event going on it takes months of planning. Party Animals help raise community awareness and help develop and/or distribute promotional materials. At an event, Party Animals will greet guests, take photographs and sell tickets.

Pet Therapy

As a Pet Therapy volunteer, you and your family pet will bring education, companionship and joy to people in need. Pet Therapy volunteers routinely visit senior citizens, adults and children. All pets and their handlers must obtain liability insurance through a national group such as Therapy Dogs Inc., Therapy Dogs International or Pet Partners.

Photo Pack

 Photo Pack volunteers will assist in taking photos of our shelter pets. These photos will be featured on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.