Current Volunteers

Who our volunteers are.

Volunteers are a vital part of the HSHA team. Without them, we would not be able to perform many of the essential functions at our shelter. HSHA is always looking for dedicated and committed volunteers to assist with the shelter animals and some of the everyday responsibilities of shelter life. Whether you are interested in walking dogs, helping at events, or socializing cats, there is a place for you at HSHA. The animals are waiting for you… get started today!

This page is intended for ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS only. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have questions about volunteering, please click here.

Become a SAFER Trained

Once a volunteer has been active for at least 3 months and completed 48 hours of service as a dog walker or cat socializer, they can undergo SAFER (Showing Animals: Friendly, Effectively, Responsibly) Training.

SAFER Trained Volunteers are able to conduct Get Acquainted calls where they introduce adoptable cats and dogs to interested individuals or families. Additionally, SAFER Trained Volunteers are given more liberty with their animal interactions such as taking animals off site for walks, car rides, or events.

If you are eligible, and interested in becoming SAFER Trained, please contact HSHA’s Behavior Team Leader, Alyssa Ginez, at

Volunteer Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 11:00AM-7:00PM
Wednesday – 10:00 AM – 3:00PM (Closed to Public)
Saturday – 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Sunday – 10:00AM – 3:00PM (Closed to Public)

**Holiday volunteer hours vary. Please pay attention to Volunteers’ Matters for announcements.**

Dog Volunteers

Current Team Leaders:

Heather Stormin

Jenn Doyle

Karl Larson

Important documents relevant to Dog Volunteers:

Cat Volunteers

Current Team Leaders:

Sally Hitz

Nancy Abt

Tiffany Rymoff-Linta

Available Positions

Dishes & Kong Team

Interested in supporting the shelter animals by washing dishes or stuffing Kongs? Contact our Team Leader responsible for these volunteer activities Karen Spidle and for more information.

Laundry Team

Are able to volunteer your time doing laundry? We have a team for that! Please contact our Laundry Team Leader, Cathy Hartwick to find out how to get involved and minimize the mounds of laundry needing done!

Petfinder Team

Are you creative or passionate about the arts and looking for a way to unleash your artistic license? Consider joining the Petfinder team where you can photograph HSHA’s adoptable animals or use your creative writing skills to create personality profiles for each shelter resident. For more information, contact HSHA’s Adoption Center Team Leader Kristi Kleinfelter.

Book Buddies Team

Our Book Buddies Program is one of the greatest ways we can provide the opportunity for young children to get involved with the organization. We are always looking for more volunteers able to assist with Book Buddies requests. If you are interested in learning how you can put a smile on a child’s face and provide socialization for our cat population, contact Kristi Kleinfelter.

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