New Volunteer

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.

2. Be able to commit at least FIVE hours each month on an on-going basis. Students needing a certain number of hours for a class project should contact

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.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Here are some of the ways that Volunteers



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.


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.


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

Do you have a green thumb? If so, we'd love to get you on our Green Team to keep our grounds looking nice and tidy. Over the course of the year help is needed weeding, watering, and trimming the plants on Kinsey’s Campus.

Assist our Community Outreach Director with our Humane Education (HE) programs, which teach the importance of respecting animals and animal responsibility. Humane education volunteers can participate in Humane Heroes, which is held every first Saturday of the month during the school year, Kids & Critters Camp in the summer months, and various HE presentations given to schools, after-school programs, and daycares year-round.

At off-site events we bring our adoptable friends into the community to show what great animals we have at the DRHS. Sometimes these animals will even find their forever home at the event! Two of the common locations we bring our animals to are Petco and PetSmart.


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.