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

Being a volunteer at the Humane Society of Genesee County is a valuable experience. We encourage participation from students seeking service hours, parents/guardians with their child (ages 10 and up), and people that simply enjoy working with animals.  There are many opportunities available, such as dog walking, cat cuddling, working on events and so much more.

We do have some restrictions in dog walking. New volunteers begin by walking specific (lower energy) dogs, and as their knowledge & experience grows, their opportunities expand. For volunteers interested in walking dogs, they will be assessed after 25 hours of actual hands-on dog walking to move on to the "Stage 2" level. The Stage 2 walkers are encouraged to work with even more animals and an expanded area to walk.  We do not take out puppies & kittens under the age of 6 months.

Unaccompanied volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer at the Humane Society of Genesee County. Volunteers ages 10-15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian:

To volunteer, send us the following by mail or drop off:

  • 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).  Please click the link below to print out a copy, or stop in and pick one up. 

You must include all of the information together when submitting your application.  It can not be processed unless it includes the required information.

  • $25 fee for cost of training, t-shirt and maintenance fees (payable by check, cash, credit or debit at the orientation)

Our 2020 orientation schedule is:

May 16, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

November 21, 2020

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 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.  The orientations are held in the morning, and your time will be confirmed upon receiving your confirmation letter.

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

Please mail your completed application and required documents to: HSGC  G-3325 S. Dort Hwy.  Burton, MI.  48529  Attn: Terry

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.


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.