What are the requirements to volunteer at Berkshire Humane Society?

For most positions, we ask for a minimum three month commitment and hope you’ll stay longer. Many of our volunteers have been with us for 10 to 20 years!

Because of safety and liability concerns, volunteers must be at least 17 years of age and very reliable, prompt and courteous.

How many hours do I need to commit to?

Hourly commitments depend on the volunteer position. Some positions require a weekly commitment of one to four hours. These include animal care providers and front desk receptionists. Other positions, such as event workers, mailers, or bakers, are on an on-call basis. For these positions, we’ll contact you well in advance to inquire about your availability.

Will training be provided?

We train our volunteers for all positions.  For example, our dog walkers attend a certification class, receive an informational handout, and shadow a staff member. On the other hand, front desk receptionists and special events assistants, learn from staff and other seasoned volunteers.

Can I fulfill Community Service requirements at the shelter?

We do offer some Community Service opportunities for churches, schools, and other local groups.  However, we ask that you contact our volunteer coordinator well ahead of your deadline requirements, and we cannot always guarantee that an appropriate project will be available.

How do I apply to volunteer?

It’s easy!  First fill out and sign an application.  Download a volunteer application or stop by the shelter to pick one up.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out once your application has been reveiwed. If you have questions please email.

Download Volunteer Application