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Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities

(spring - summer)

Thank you for your interest in a seasonal volunteer position at the Wisconsin Humane Society! Every day, volunteers help improve the lives of animals and they each play a vital role in the success of our shelters which care for nearly 35,000 animals each year. Do you want to help, but are unable to give a long-term commitment? We are looking for volunteers to help short-term during our busiest months! 

Important note: all seasonal volunteer training sessions need to be completed before June 1. Below you will find information about our seasonal volunteer program at each campus and how to get started at the location nearest you.

Important Notes about Volunteering

  • We do not offer court-ordered community service. To find other organizations who do offer these opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee (414-344-3933), Ozaukee County (262-377-1616), or Racine County (262-886-9612).
  • We do not offer group volunteer opportunities for school groups.  If a school group is interested in doing a service project, please follow this link for options, www.wihumane.org/for-kids/kids-can-help
  • Due to limited resources and the required training for each volunteer position, we only offer short-term volunteer experiences in late spring through the end of summer.

To get started, please select a campus:


Milwaukee Campus

-Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities-

Requirements & Guidelines

  • Due to the short amount of time we need our seasonal volunteers to help, all training sessions need to be completed by June 1. 
  • Volunteers come in for a regularly scheduled recurring shift on the same day and time each week.
  • Seasonal Volunteers working with domestic animals (dogs, cats, and small animals) must be 18 years of age or older at the time of your first shift.
  • We do allow youth ages 13-17 to volunteer in our Orphaned Bird Care Program at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center inside the WHS Milwaukee Campus. When we are accepting Orphaned Bird Care volunteers, you will see information on how to apply under the positions listed here.
  • Volunteers must be able to read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information as well as being able to remember and follow shelter rules.
  • Volunteers must be able to understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.  If an individual cannot volunteer on your own, we may require that someone comes to assist.  
  • Volunteers must be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to: be able to stand, and/or walk for up to 3 hours; be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.  Some positions are more physical than others and require being able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Volunteers must be able to have regular access to the internet and an email account. 
  • Costs & Supplies – all volunteers need to purchase a volunteer t-shirt and name badge for total cost of $10+tax.

Available Seasonal Positions at the Milwaukee Campus

Below are the positions we're currently in need of at the Milwaukee Campus. You will learn more about them at your Seasonal Volunteer Information Session.

  • Adoption Teammate - Ages: 18 and up. Shifts available: Afternoons and evenings on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • Animal Care Volunteer - Ages: 18 and up. Shifts available: Weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Veterinary Services - Ages: 18 and up.  Shifts available: Every day from 8:30 a.m. until treatments are complete. Dogs only.
  • Wildlife Animal Care - Ages: 18 and up. Shifts Available: 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. shifts most days of the week. Limited weekend availability. 
  • Youth CampsAges: 18 and up. Shifts available: Click here to view the dates and times of our camps.

How to become a seasonal volunteer at the Milwaukee Campus

  • Step 1: Attend Seasonal Volunteer Information Session. This session will give you the opportunity to hear about our organization, our volunteer program and expectations, and what our seasonal needs are. Please note: Seasonal Volunteer Info Sessions are different from our standard Volunteer Info Sessions, so please be sure you're registering for the appropriate session. Please register for an upcoming Seasonal Volunteer Session on our calendar here.
  • Step 2: Once you have attended the Seasonal Volunteer Information Session, you will be given a link to complete the volunteer application. 
  • Step 3: Once we have received and reviewed your volunteer application, we will contact you to schedule training.  We will also take payment for your volunteer t-shirt at that time.
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Ozaukee Campus

-Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities-

Requirements & Guidelines

  • Due to the short amount of time we need our seasonal volunteers to help, all training sessions need to be completed by June 1. 
  • Volunteers come in for a regularly scheduled recurring shift on the same day and time each week.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to work on their own. Youth ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult for all volunteer shifts.
  • Volunteers must be able to read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information as well as being able to remember and follow shelter rules.
  • Volunteers must be able to understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.  If an individual cannot volunteer on your own, we may require that someone comes to assist.  
  • Volunteers must be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to: be able to stand, and/or walk for up to 3 hours; be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.  Some positions are more physical than others and require being able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Volunteers must be able to have regular access to the internet and an email account. 
  • Costs & Supplies – all volunteers need to purchase a volunteer t-shirt and name badge for total cost of $10+tax.

Available Seasonal Positions at the Ozaukee Campus

Below are the positions we're currently in need of at the Ozaukee Campus. You will learn more about them at your Seasonal Volunteer Information Session.

  • Animal Care Volunteer: Dogs - Ages: 18 and up, or 13-17 with an adult present. Shifts available: 8-10am on Fridays and Saturdays, along with most daytime shifts as a secondary priority.
  • Animal Care Volunteer: Cats Ages: 18 and up, or 13-17 with an adult present. Shifts available: 8-10am on Saturdays, 9-11am on Sundays.
  • Dog Walking - Ages: 18 and up, or 13-17 with an adult present. Shifts available: Daytime, midday, and weekends.

How to become a seasonal volunteer at the Ozaukee Campus

  • Step 1: Attend Seasonal Volunteer Information Session. This session will give you the opportunity to hear about our organization, our volunteer program and expectations, and what our seasonal needs are. Please note: Seasonal Volunteer Info Sessions are different from our standard Volunteer Info Sessions, so please be sure you're registering for the appropriate session. Please register for an upcoming Seasonal Volunteer Session on our calendar here.
  • Step 2: Once you have attended the Seasonal Volunteer Information Session, you will be given a link to complete the volunteer application. 
  • Step 3: Once we have received and reviewed your volunteer application, we will contact you to schedule training.  We will also take payment for your volunteer t-shirt at that time.
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Racine Campus

-Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities-

Requirements & Guidelines

  • Due to the short amount of time we need our seasonal volunteers to help, all training sessions need to be completed by June 1. 
  • Volunteers come in for a regularly scheduled recurring shift on the same day and time each week.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to work on their own. Youth ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult for all volunteer shifts.
  • Volunteers must be able to read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information as well as being able to remember and follow shelter rules.
  • Volunteers must be able to understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.  If an individual cannot volunteer on your own, we may require that someone comes to assist.  
  • Volunteers must be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to: be able to stand, and/or walk for up to 3 hours; be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.  Some positions are more physical than others and require being able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Volunteers must be able to have regular access to the internet and an email account. 
  • Costs & Supplies – all volunteers need to purchase a volunteer t-shirt and name badge for total cost of $10+tax.

Available Seasonal Positions at the Racine Campus

Below are the positions we're currently in need of at the Racine Campus. You will learn more about them at your Seasonal Volunteer Information Session.

  • Animal Care Volunteer - Ages: 18 and up. Shifts available: 7:30-9:30am every day.
  • Shelter Crew - Ages: 18 and up, or 13-17 with an adult present. Shifts available: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm on weekdays.

How to become a seasonal volunteer at the Racine Campus

  • Step 1: Attend Seasonal Volunteer Information Session. This session will give you the opportunity to hear about our organization, our volunteer program and expectations, and what our seasonal needs are. Please note: Seasonal Volunteer Info Sessions are different from our standard Volunteer Info Sessions, so please be sure you're registering for the appropriate session. Please register for an upcoming Seasonal Volunteer Session on our calendar here.
  • Step 2: Once you have attended the Seasonal Volunteer Information Session, you will be given a link to complete the volunteer application. 
  • Step 3: Once we have received and reviewed your volunteer application, we will contact you to schedule training.  We will also take payment for your volunteer t-shirt at that time.
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