Support by Volunteering
Get Involved - Volunteer!
(Acceptance of new volunteers is temporarily suspended to allow us to catch up with applications and training of current volunteers. We are so very sorry for any inconvenience!)
We are a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization and, without the hundreds of caring individuals who collectively donate tens of thousands of volunteer hours annually, we could not accomplish everything that we manage to accomplish for our community and the cats and dogs under our care each year. And we are always looking for new volunteers who are invested in our mission and devoted to our animals. There are many volunteer opportunities available to you at Wood County Humane Society. From socializing with the cats to walking the dogs to office work and shelter cleaning, we have a little something to offer everyone.
Interested in volunteering?
*All volunteers are asked for a $20, one-time donation. This donation helps to cover the cost of a volunteer t-shirt and access to our volunteer database.
Register at our volunteer database, My Volunteer Page. Here, you will create your username, password and complete your volunteer application. To sign up to be an individual volunteer, click here and register with My Volunteer. For group volunteering, please read the "Group Volunteering" section below.
New volunteers will be contacted via email about scheduling their volunteer orientation, in which a tour of the shelter will be given.
Once training has concluded, you may begin scheduling yourself for shifts by using the volunteer database My Volunteer Page.
When you come into the shelter for your volunteer shift, you will be able to “clock in” on your phone or at a designated computer using your My Volunteer Page username and password. Once you complete your shift, you will then be able to “clock out”.
Our volunteer database allows you to track all your hours! This helps us tally how many hours have been donated to us both individually and as a whole at the end of the year. Tracking your hours is important to us! We use these totals to give awards at the end of the year for outstanding service, submit information for taxes, and apply for grants.
Court Ordered Community Service
Do you need to fulfill court ordered community service? We are willing to help you complete those hours. We do not accept charges of assault, theft, or abuse and have the right to refuse those who do not meet standards and dismiss anyone due to poor conduct. Most community service hours are fulfilled in the mornings from 8 am-12 pm. Please follow the same steps of becoming a volunteer.
Have a group that wants to volunteer together for a day, week, or month? We would love to work with your group! Depending on the size of your group we may be able to accommodate your service in the shelter, but if you have a large group, we may require your service to be completed outside of the shelter. To discuss a project or for group suggestions and requirements, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator with your group size, hour requirements, skills, and plans. If you are working on a class project, before you start, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator so that we can work together, from the beginning, on
Join the Board!
If you are interested in committing some of your time to serving the animals of Wood County, and you would like to actively participate in initiatives that help raise awareness of the organization and raise funds for the shelter, then becoming a board member might be a great option. Comprised of between 11 and 15 community leaders from across northwest Ohio, our Board of Directors strives to connect our shelter with the broader community that it services. They attend monthly meetings to discuss the administrative, fiscal, and policy-related decisions for the organization. They also take on the responsibility of organizing community events, public relations, WCHS programs, and major events/fundraisers. Board members are elected at our Annual Meeting, which is held toward the end of January each year, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis and interested parties are encouraged to shadow the Board prior to being elected in order to familiarize themselves with Board responsibilities, the organization, its workings, and its culture. Board positions require a minimum two-year commitment. Volunteer opportunities within the Board consist of the following Committees: Budget and Finance, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Community Outreach, Building and Grounds, Volunteer, Public Relations, Spay and Neuter Program Chair (SNIP), and Membership. For an application to be on the board, please click here. Once the application is completed, please submit it to our Board Secretary. Address questions regarding Board membership to our Board President.