Anderson Humane Society depends on our volunteers' dedication. We simply could not accomplish our life-saving work without your help. Beyond the wonderful feeling of knowing your service helped the community, many volunteers get enormous satisfaction from knowing they helped an animal find a forever home.
Who can volunteer?
From helping with fundraising events that keep our organization funded to everyday Adoption Center cleaning and maintenance, there's a way for everyone to get involved. Anyone is welcome to volunteer, but those under 16 years old must have a parent or guardian accompany them. All volunteers should have their own transportation, in case of an emergency, all volunteers may have to exit the property immediately.
How to get started
All volunteers must fill out our "Volunteer Profile" and sign a standard waiver. These forms can be found in PDF form below. These documents must be submitted before you volunteer for the first time. Please feel free to get in touch with us via email at or call our office at (502)839-8339. For events and Adoption Center cleaning you can schedule yourself through our signup.com page (click the signup.com logo below to visit that site). Signup.com is easy to use and doesn't make you remember a password. If you have any issues, we can add you to the schedule, if needed.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Adoption Center Cleaning and Care
Ways to Get Involved
Adoption Center cleaning:
Anderson Humane Society relies on volunteers to meet the basic needs of the cats and dogs in our care on weekends and holidays. Providing the pets at AHS with love, comfort, and clean housing keeps them healthy and happy. Healthy, happy cats and dogs are more adoptable. By working hands on with the adoptable pets at AHS, you play a direct role in finding them forever homes.
Adoption Center volunteers clean the dog kennels and cat cages, supply fresh water and food, scoop litter boxes, and provide plenty of love and affection. In addition to the routine pet care, volunteers do laundry, wash dishes, sweep and mop, and empty garbage in the dumpster. On Saturdays we are open to the public from 10-12, so volunteers also answer phones, greet visitors, and process adoptions. Sundays and holidays we are closed and volunteers just need to focus on caring for the animals.
We are lucky to have several businesses that regularly invite us to have adoption events at high traffic locations. This exposure to new people and places is always a great experience for our adoptable pets, especially when they meet that special someone that wants to add them to their family. Volunteering for adoption events is an exciting opportunity to work with the animals and show the public what we do. Save lives. You may help with loading animals and transporting them to the location. Setting up tables, banners, and literature is an easy way to get involved. Chatting with the public about the services we offer and showing off our wonderful cats and dogs always puts a smile on the volunteers face.
Every cat and dog at Anderson Humane Society sees the vet before they can be adopted. Transporting them to the vet for appointments can help us keep the office open during our normal hours. Transports to other rescues or shelters is a great way to help a cat or dog get one step closer to its forever home. Transports to the local vets are usually only a half hour commitment while transfers to other rescues can vary, but are typically around an hour drive one way. Transporting animals to and from adoption events is an exciting way to help. It is a great experience to know you directly helped an animal find a family of its own.
Taking part in fundraising events is one of the key ways volunteers can help AHS keep its doors open. The 127 Yard Sale in the summer and the Giant Rummage Sale each fall are great fun if you’re a yard sale buff. Supply Drives are held at Walmart when it is warmer; they take just a few hours once or twice a month, but the food and supplies they bring in are invaluable. We host many different fundraisers and are always looking for new ideas for raising money, so keep a lookout for one in the future that you can help with and make a huge difference in the lives of homeless pets in Anderson County.
Anderson Humane Society participates in a variety of community events simply to spread awareness about the importance of our work, not just to the animals, but to the citizens of Anderson County as well. One important service we offer is our yearly low cost vaccination clinic. At the Rabies Clinic, volunteers help pet owners fill out forms and proceed through the lines in order to keep their pets healthy with annual vaccinations. The Rabies Clinic is held on a Saturday from 1-3pm usually in early June. At other events we simply need volunteers to man booths where they hand out brochures, receive donations, sell items, and display pictures of adoptable pets. This is a really easy way to get involved, especially if you enjoy meeting people and often only requires an hour or two of your time.
Join a Committee:
Every organization needs dedicated people who are willing to give their time, creative input, unique skills, and individual talents toward the cause. Anderson Humane Society has several committees that work to keep AHS financially healthy, growing, and a strong presence in the community. Become a member and join us at a monthly board meeting to learn more about our current committees.
AHS is proud of our involvement in the community. Our relationships with our neighbors and friends helps us to accomplish our mission. The American Legion Auxiliary has invited AHS volunteers to help with their Monday night Bingo by selling pull tabs to customers. AHS volunteers sell pull tabs from 5:45pm-9:00pm on Mondays at the American Legion Post 34. Absolutely no previous experience is needed as the Auxiliary members are happy to teach you everything you need to know! Supper is provided to all volunteers and taking breaks as needed is encouraged.