Humane Rescue Alliance

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Youth Volunteers

Youth Volunteers

Interested in volunteering, but under the age of 18? We offer several options for students under the age of 18 to become involved with the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA). Explore the following opportunities!

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

  • Learn about our humane education programs, which encourage students to speak up for animals rather than accept the role of passive observers. The program empowers children to do good, but also puts them on a path to becoming more thoughtful, empathetic, civic-minded citizens.
  • High school students may register for Teenage Ambassadors In Leadership & Service (TAILS), a unique program, developed specifically for teens who care about animals. TAILS provides opportunities for exploration, fact-finding, and creativity. While there are no hands-on animal interactions, students who complete the series of workshops become confident animal advocates ready and are able to speak up for animals.
  • High school juniors and seniors may apply to the Junior Volunteer (JV) program. Junior volunteers (JVs) support HRA staff and animals in many ways. JVs perform much-needed shelter tasks including washing dishes, washing/drying/folding laundry, compiling animal care enrichment items, and other shelter support functions as needed. JVs also help with occasional administrative jobs and adoption support tasks such as cleaning kennel cards and collating adoption packets. 
  • Complete a volunteer project at home.  Help us provide comfort and entertain the many animals in our care.
  • Host a supply drive. Schools, teams, and organizations are welcome to host supply drives for HRA.  One group did a Kong drive and delivered them to the shelter already stuffed and frozen. Feel free to get creative!  
  • Go on a scavenger hunt. Many items on our wish list can also be found in your cabinets and closets at home.  We accept such things as gently worn towels and blankets, opened dry food from picky eaters, creamy peanut butter, and canned pumpkin!

To Receive Student Service Learning (SSL) Credit

HRA offers SSL credit for time spent in the TAILS program, completing a listed volunteer project, or coordinating a supply drive (be sure to keep track of your time!).

TAILS participants may ask their course instructor to sign SSL paperwork.

To receive credit for a volunteer project or supply drive, please follow the steps below:

  • Obtain SSL paperwork from your school.
  • Closely follow the linked instructions:
  • 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 of your items and form (pdf preferred) 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 collecting the items listed on our wish lists or volunteer projects completed according to instructions.  

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.

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