Humane Rescue Alliance

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Volunteer FAQ

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What kind of things can I do as a volunteer?

A.  Lots of different things! As a volunteer, you can assist with the care and training of our animals, support our adoption and fundraising events, help with administrative projects, and much more.

Can I volunteer with cats and dogs?

A: Yes! While training and hour requirements are species-specific, you may train to volunteer with cats, dogs, both, and more! 

Please note, after the orientation, you will need to complete additional animal handling training before you may volunteer with the animals.

What are your hours? When are you open to volunteers?

As soon as you are trained, you may come into our adoption centers 7 am- 6:50 pm every day of the week including weekends, holidays, and Mondays when we are closed to the public!

Please note, after the orientation, you will need to complete additional animal handling training before you may volunteer with the animals.

What is the time commitment as a volunteer?

Volunteers must commit to at least six months with us. Additionally, some volunteer roles have monthly hour requirements, which we will go over during training. 

When can I start?

Once you fill out an application and pay the $25 application fee or fill out the scholarship request, your application will be reviewed. Depending on your interests, availability and our current needs, you may be invited to sign up for an orientation.

Is there an age requirement for volunteers?

A. There are volunteer opportunities at HRA for all ages! Click the links below for the details. 

How can my group, company, or organization volunteer?

A.  To learn more about our partnership opportunities, please visit our partnership page at

To learn more about volunteer groups, please visit the volunteer groups page at

How can I earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours?

Click the link for more details!

How can I earn community service hours?

A. Because our volunteers do so many tasks independently, we are not able to sign court-ordered service documents that attest to our direct supervision.  However, please visit for some other options that may satisfy your requirement.

How do I join PACK?

The People and Animal Cardio Klub (PACK) consists of trained volunteers who run with our adoptable dogs, providing additional outdoor recreation and enrichment while they wait for their new homes. PACK runs occur Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM.

The program includes a monthly hours requirement and training prerequisites. After volunteering in our adoption centers with dogs for a certain number of hours, volunteers may begin PACK training.

Can I take my dog to PACK?

A: No, we ask you to please focus on the dogs in our adoption centers.

Can I take HRA animals home?

A: You sure can through our long and short-term foster programs and, of course, if you adopt! Visit for more details.

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