Become a Volunteer

New volunteers must be available during our business hours (M-F 9am-2pm). Orientations and volunteer shifts will be scheduled to limit the number of people in our building at a time. We can only house cats and kittens in our building. If you are interested in working with dogs, consider signing up to be a dog foster!

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!

Some responsibilities will include cleaning cat rooms (scooping litter boxes, sweeping, sanitizing), sanitizing playpens, condos, and crates, dishes, laundry, cleaning our transport trailer, and socializing with animals.

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  • Fill out our brief Volunteer Application.
  • Attend a New Volunteer Information Session.
  • Our building is currently open by appointment ONLY. Once you register as a volunteer, we will be in touch with you to schedule your orientation session.

Please email us at and we will work with your schedule.

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, 9am to 2pm 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 or 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 and 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:

Many of the tasks in our building to not necessarily require certain skills. If you are interested in helping us save lives, please sign up to volunteer and we will find ways for you to help that work for you!
  • Able to stand 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.


Contact Us:
1740 W Gordon St.
Valdosta, GA 31601

The Humane Society of Valdosta in Lowndes County serves as the parent organization for programs that advocate and take action to benefit those who cannot speak for themselves. Our ultimate goal is to merit a “No Kill” status for our community and stay the course in providing homes to homeless pets.

Hours Of Operation

Mon: 9am – 2pm
Tue: 9am – 2pm
Wed: 9am – 2pm
Thu: 9am – 2pm
Fri: 9am – 2pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Or by appointment

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