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Volunteer Projects

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Volunteer Projects

Thank you for your interest in completing a volunteer project for HRA. Click the title of each project below for step-by-step instructions.

Looking to earn student service learning (SSL) hours? Carefully follow the SSL instructions below.


No-sew blankets are easy to make and they keep our dogs and cats comfy and warm during their stay with us. You can make small ones for the cats and bigger ones for the dogs. 


Dog rope toys are great for heavy chewers and for the dogs to play with while they wait to be adopted. Made from any old t-shirt and a tennis ball, these toys are interactive, durable, and machine washable.  Please be sure to make the braids nice and tight! 


Use the t-shirt scraps left over from making the dog throw and tug toys to make these huggable toys our cats lick, kick, and enjoy for countless hours.  Catnip toys enrich the lives of the cats at our adoption centers. 


It is no secret that dogs and cats have an amazing sense of smell and they want to use it!  These interactive mats allow our animals to sniff out hidden treats. Fun challenges like snuffle mats help keep our animals happy and engaged while in our care and, therefore, at their most adoptable. It’s so much more rewarding to hunt for your snack first! 


Uses sharp tools and materials—not recommended for small children

This project may take a few more supplies and a little more skill to make, but the payoff is huge. Cats love these simple toys made of wire and twists of paper!  The movement of the pieces of paper at the end of a wire attracts a cat's attention and awakens their natural instinct to hunt. Once caught and released, the paper springs back and bounces around erratically on the wire mimicking prey and making for hours of self-sustaining entertainment.

Homemade Goodies

We also accept homemade treats, just include a list of ingredients.  Below are some sample recipes to get things cooking!

Delivery Instructions

Visit our wish list and ship directly to us by selecting our gift address at checkout!

Or, drop your donation off at either of our locations Tuesday- Sunday, 12 pm- 7 pm.

To Receive Student Service Learning (SSL) Credit

To receive credit for your volunteer project, please follow the steps below:

  • Obtain SSL paperwork from your school.
  • Follow the instructions for your project step-by-step.
  • Keep an accurate log of your time.
  • Complete your SSL paperwork leaving only the signature blank (our Tax ID is 53-0219724).
  • Deliver your items to either of HRA’s locations Tuesday- Sunday, 12 – 7 pm.
  • Take a picture of your items in the lobby of HRA.
  • Email the photo and form to [email protected]
  • The volunteer team will email you back with the completed form once they have confirmed your special delivery!

In order to ensure delivered items are safe for our animals, we are only able to sign off on time spent on volunteer projects completed according to linked instructions above.  Have another project in mind? Email [email protected] with your idea!

Because our volunteers do so many tasks independently, we are not able to sign court-ordered documents that attest to our direct supervision.

Thank you!

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