The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is always recruiting new volunteers! Please read the requirements below to see if becoming an animal welfare volunteer is for you!
1. Be at least 12 years old. Volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years of age at all times. Kids 8 to 11 years can join our Humane Heroes junior volunteer club.
3. For your safety, volunteers must be physically able to enter and exit the kennels or cat condos on your own - in a safe manner without supervision. Volunteers must also be able to interpret animal behavior and body language.
4. Read and be able to fully comprehend the Volunteer Handbook.
Here are some of the ways that Volunteers
MAKE A DIFFERENCE at the DRHS:
The DRHS foster program is focused on helping animals that need additional care before they can be put up for adoption. Orphaned kittens and puppies, nursing mothers, animals recovering from surgery, upper respiratory infection (URI), kennel cough, and those simply needing "TLC" for emotional or physical reasons are placed in volunteer foster homes temporarily until they are healthy. Interested volunteers need to submit a fostering application, which requires approval from the Foster Coordinator. The DRHS provides food, kennels, medication, and other necessary materials.
BATHING & GROOMING
A good-smelling, clean dog is much more appealing to potential adopters. Help our animals get adopted by giving them a bath in our brand-new bathing tub, brushing their fur, or giving them a simple trim.
DIRTY PAWS LAUNDRY SERVICE
Caring for thousands of animals a year creates a lot of laundry, and volunteers can help out DRHS staff by “easing the load."
Animals thrive with daily interaction and exercise, and our volunteers provide companionship to the shelter animals awaiting adoption. Some of the opportunities an animal socialization volunteer has include taking a dog for a run or walk, playing fetch in one of our fenced-in areas, brushing a cat or dog, or even simply petting one of our lovable friends
SPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
Assist with special fundraising events. Some activities include our Strut Your Mutt dog walk in June, a Fall Gala in October, and various other events throughout the year.