Volunteer at the Joplin Humane Society
Want to volunteer at the Joplin Humane Society?
At the Joplin Humane Society, we are proud to have the support of so many wonderful volunteers. Our dedicated volunteers make a commitment to help our organization by touching the lives of both pets and people every day. Their decision to put their concern for animal welfare into action by offering to donate time is such an important asset to us. We have many opportunities for volunteers at JHS.
Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with the Joplin Humane Society! Our success depends on YOU! If you are ready to volunteer, there are many opportunities for you to help the animals either at the shelter, at an off-site event or even from home!
How do I get started?
Please fill out an online application to begin the process of becoming a JHS Volunteer. We appreciate your patience as we build and focus our volunteer corps for the betterment of the animals.
What is the process to become a volunteer?
1) All future volunteers must begin with the volunteer application: Click here for the volunteer application
NOTE: Your volunteer application will turn into your volunteer profile. Once the application is completed you will receive a confirmation email. Please allow 2-3 business days for your application to be reviewed.
2) Sign-Up for a Basic Orientation: Volunteer Orientations are held three times a month, dates are located below and are also posted on our Facebook page. You will be able to sign your self up for the orientation that works for you. Once your volunteer profile is activated.
3) After attending basic orientation you will then sign up for your Animal Behavioral Training/Tour. Plan on volunteering that day for an hour. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes. Once you've completed your Animal Behavioral Training you are an OFFICAL VOLUNTEER OF THE JOPLIN HUMANE SOCIETY!!!! Note: Some volunteer opportunities require additional training.
Can Kids Volunteer? Yes!
You must be 16 Years of age or older to volunteer without a guardian present.
Juniors, 10-15 Years of age may volunteer with a parent or guardian, however there are additional requirements (please see Volunteer Manual).
For kids younger than 10 we offer two programs that allow them to get involved: Our Shelter Pals Reading Program (ages 5-15) and/or our Shelter Pen-Pals Program! For more information about these programs please go to the Shelter Pals Tab.
Is there a hours limit or a schedule for volunteering?
We ask for volunteers to commit to a minimum of four hours for your first three months. You do not need to schedule to come in to volunteer unless you are part of a committee or team that has a schedule to follow.
If you have any questions, please email Lex at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 417-623-3642 x120
Upcoming Monthly Volunteer Orientation Dates:
First Tuesday @1:00 PM
Third Wednesday @5:30 PM
Fourth Saturday @12:00 PM (noon)
Print our Volunteer Manual Here
Volunteer Paws- Monthly Volunteer Newsletter