Volunteer

The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is always recruiting new volunteers! To become a volunteer, please register through our online system then attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held at Kinsey’s Campus, 4242 Chavenelle Road, on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


Below is a list of our volunteer opportunities. To learn more, feel free to reference the Volunteer Handbook (see link on the right) or contact the Community Outreach Director at 563-583-3314.

ANIMAL SOCIALIZATION
Animals thrive with daily interaction and exercise, and our volunteers provide companionship to the shelter animals awaiting adoption. Some of the opportunities an animal socialization volunteer has include taking a dog for a run or walk, playing fetch in one of our fenced-in areas, brushing a cat or dog, or even simply petting one of our lovable friends
 
BATHING & GROOMING
A good-smelling, clean dog is much more appealing to potential adopters. Help our animals get adopted by giving them a bath in our brand-new bathing tub, brushing their fur, or giving them a simple trim. 
 
DIRTY PAWS LAUNDRY SERVICE
Caring for thousands of animals a year creates a lot of laundry, and volunteers can help out DRHS staff by “easing the load".
 
FOSTERING
The DRHS foster program is focused on helping animals that need additional care before they can be put up for adoption.  Orphaned kittens and puppies, nursing mothers, animals recovering from surgery, upper respiratory infection (URI), kennel cough, and those simply needing "TLC" for emotional or physical reasons are placed in volunteer foster homes temporarily until they are healthy.  Interested volunteers need to submit a fostering application, which requires approval from the Foster Coordinator. The DRHS provides food, kennels, medication, and other necessary materials.
 
GREEN TEAM
Do you have a green thumb? If so, we'd love to get you on our Green Team to keep our grounds looking nice and tidy. Over the course of the year help is needed weeding, watering, and trimming the plants on Kinsey’s Campus.
 
HUMANE EDUCATION
Assist our Community Outreach Director with our Humane Education (HE) programs, which teach the importance of respecting animals and animal responsibility. Humane education volunteers can participate in Humane Heroes, which is held every first Saturday of the month during the school year, Kids & Critters Camp in the summer months, and various HE presentations given to schools, after-school programs, and daycares year-round.
 
OFF-SITE EVENTS
At off-site events we bring our adoptable friends into the community to show what great animals we have at the DRHS. Sometimes these animals will even find their forever home at the event! Two of the common locations we bring our animals to are Petco and PetSmart.
 
PET THERAPY
Each month we have volunteers bring a friendly dog to various locations in the area, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult daycares, and summer camps..
 
SPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
Assist in planning and working at events that raise money for the DRHS. Some activities include our Garage Sale Extravaganza in March, our Scruffy Shuffle pledged run/walk in May, a Fall Gala in September, and various other events throughout the year.
 


Volunteers must be at least
12-years-old. 
An adult guardian or parent needs to accompany all youth volunteers
age 12-16. 
The adult guardian or parent must complete an application and attend volunteer orientation as well.


START MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Follow these steps to start making a difference in the lives of lost, abandoned and unwanted animals:

1. Complete the online Volunteer Application

2. Attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations at Kinsey's Campus, 4242 Chavenelle Road:
•  First Saturday of the month, 9:30-10:30 AM 
•  Third Thursday of the month, 5:30-6:30 PM

3. Schedule your volunteer time with the Online Volunteer System!