• Become a Volunteer!

  • Come join the team!

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Our volunteers are the backbone of the HSVL. Without the help of our volunteers we would not be able to run our rescue!

    There are many things you can do to be a part of furthering our mission of becoming a "No Kill" zone. We need volunteers for animal fostering, help with caring for cats at our office, clerical office work, assisting at Saturday adoption events, transportation of animals, food and supplies, and volunteers for our Trap-Neuter-Return program.

     

  • Steps to becoming a volunteer

    1. Fill out this quick volunteer application.
    2. Attend a New Volunteer Information Session
      1. Information sessions are held every Monday at 4pm or Tuesday at 12pm. It is not necessary to sign up beforehand but it is suggested.
      2. We cannot accommodate latecomers. If you cannot attend one of those times, please email us at volunteer@humanesocietyofvaldosta.org and we will work with your schedule.
    3. For court ordered community service hours, please check here for more information. 
  • Who can volunteer*:

    • Adults, aged 18 or older.
    • Volunteers aged 15 - 17 may volunteer with a parent or guardian’s consent.
    • Adults, aged 18 or older, who need to fulfill court ordered community service hours.

    We cannot accept volunteers 14 and under at this time. They are more than welcome to visit with the cats during visitation hours, Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5:30 pm with a guardian!

     

  • Essential capabilities for all volunteers**:

    • Try to commit to volunteer at least one (2 hour) shift a week for two (2) months of more.
    • Able to work independently.
    • Willing to work as part of a team.
    • Maintain a professional appearance & positive energy when volunteering.
    • Must be able to physically see the body language of an animal for safety.
    • Must be able to see hear animals for sign of fear or aggression.
    • Able to follow instructions and follow safety protocols as well as all HSVL policy.
    • Able to work with cleaning products.
    • Commitment and willingness to uphold, support and further the HSVL mission.

    Additional essential capabilities for volunteers wanting to work with animals:

    • Able to standing unassisted for long periods of time.
    • Able to walk 20 to 100 feet unassisted.
    • Able to bend, kneel, and crouch unassisted.
    • Able to use both hands simultaneously.
    • Able to lift, carry, and move at least 25 lbs independently.
    • Additional requirements as needed.
  • *The HSVL reserves the right to discontinue/terminate volunteer relationship at any time for any reason.

  • **The Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and visitors.