The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is always recruiting new volunteers! Please register through our online system, and then attend an orientation to start volunteering! Orientations are held at 4242 Chavenelle Road on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m, and on the third Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
We need volunteers to help care for the animals to assist in providing services in the community including education outreach programs, off-site events and pet therapy. Volunteers are also needed to assist in our fundraising activities and annual fundraising events; with volunteer support, these fundraising efforts have raised several thousand dollars to keep the Dubuque Regional Humane Society active and viable in the community year after year.
Volunteers are able to assist staff help customers that are looking to adopt, and help pair customers with the right animal. (Must be a certified pet handler.)
DRHS VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER
Can't seem to find time to come to the shelter and volunteer, but still want to make a difference? DRHS Virtual Volunteers spread the word about our adoptable animals, events, and news via social media, email, blogs or word of mouth. (ALL POSTINGS MUST BE PREAPPROVED BY COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR. Must be at least 16 years old to be a virtual volunteer!)
Do you love working and teaching children? Help out with our youth programs, (Kids 'N Critters Camp and Humane Heroes), and spread the importance of humane education! Humane education volunteers also participate in humane education presentations given to youth community programs and schools!
Animals can get dirty fast, and at times the staff may need assistance with bathing and grooming animals. Volunteers are welcome to bath and groom animals at any time, just ask the staff first.
DIRTY PAWS LAUNDRY SERVICE VOLUNTEER
Caring for over 5,000 animals a year creates a lot of la undry. Volunteers can help ease the "load" by helping with this task. Requires a short session on using our industrial washer and dryer.
Our foster program is an extension of the shelter, focused on helping those animals that need additional care before they can be adopted. Orphaned kittens and puppies, nursing mothers, ones recovering from surgery, upper respiratory infection, kennel cough, and those simply needing "TLC" for emotional or physical reasons are placed in volunteer foster homes temporarily until the pet is adoptable. Interested individuals will need to submit an application requiring approval by the DRHS. We provide food, cages, and medications. Time requirement depends on the animal's needs.
GREAT COMPANIONS DOG-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM
Certified volunteer trainers help to increase the likelihood of adoption of good dogs who demonstrate behavior problems, by providing daily, individual, focused training sessions for each dog (student) in the program. Volunteers typically commit to 30-45 minutes per week for this program.
GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER
Do you have a green thumb? Do you get satisfaction from pulling out pesky weeds? If you're the outdoorsy type, we'd love to get you on our GREEN TEAM to keep our grounds looking nice and tidy. In the spring, the GREEN TEAM plants annuals. Over the course of the summer help is needed weeding, watering, and trimming.
NURSING HOME VISITS/PET THERAPY
Providing pet visitation for confined children and adults in our community (i.e. retirement homes, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.)
The PAWmobile is a part of our offsite adoption program. The PAWmobile goes to various places in the community where adoptions can be done on spot. Getting animals out into the community are a great way to show what great animals we have up for adoption. This is also a great opportunity for volunteers to talk to the community about the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. (Must be 18 years old or with a parent/guardian.)
PET EXERCISE & SOCIALIZATION
Animals need daily interaction and exercise, volunteers are needed to provide companionship to the shelter animals awaiting adoption. (Walking, brushing, combing, etc. - requires adult accompaniment for youth under 16 years old.)
SPECIAL EVENTS & FUND-RAISERS
Assisting in activities to raise money for the Dubuque Regional Humane Society projects. Some activities include a spring garage sale (in March), annual pledged dog walk "Scruffy Shuffle" (May), a fall dinner/auction event (September) and the annual Christmas appeal, along with other miscellaneous events throughout the year. Help is also needed occasionally for bulk mail preparation.
START MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
1. Complete the online Volunteer Application
2. Attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations at Kinsey's Campus, 4242 Chavenelle Road:
3. Schedule your volunteer time with the Online Volunteer System!