Becoming a Companion Animal Volunteer
Wisconsin Humane Society has several volunteer opportunities
available and a variety of ways you can
make a difference in the lives of animals!
Our program consists of three different areas: the
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Companion Animal
Program, and General Opportunities that help all
Our Companion Animal
Program gives individuals the opportunity to work
hands-on with our cats, dogs, rabbits and other
small animals. This program is based on a level
system. All volunteers start at Level I and
remain at this level for five weeks. The Level I
phase allows volunteers time to become comfortable
with our facility and staff while assisting with
various cleaning and maintenance duties.
After completing the
first five weeks and receiving the appropriate Level
II training, volunteers can then become a Dog Walker,
Dog Bather, Animal Care Assistant, or Cat or Rabbit
Socializer. This is the point where the hands-on
animal care begins.
From there, volunteers
interested in becoming "experts" can advance
to Level III to assist in the Vet Services Department
or socialize with cats and dogs who need additional
support prior to being adopted. Advancement throughout
the volunteer program is based upon additional training
that ensures the volunteer is ready for greater
responsibility in handling animals.
In addition to the
Companion Animal Volunteer opportunities, we have several other exciting
opportunities. This includes being a foster parent,
working in the Animal Antics retail store, greeting
the public or collecting money
from canisters located at local businesses. There
are also a number of positions in the Wildlife Center
including Wildlife Animal Care, Wildlife Rescue,
Telephone Counseling and Orphan Bird Care.
If you have questions, email
or call our Volunteer Coordinator, at (414) 431-6103.