voluteerThe Quincy Humane Society is always accepting volunteers.  Volunteers help us with a variety of tasks around the shelter, assist with community outreach events and are an integral part to our mission!

If you are under the age of 16 and are interested in volunteering, you may do so under the supervision of an adult. Both the adult and the child must go through the training process.

If you are under the age of 12 and are interested in volunteering, you can become a Shelter Buddy Volunteer. Shelter Buddies come in to read to the animals. You will be helping shy, anxious animals become more comfortable around people, which helps make them more adoptable. If your child wishes to become a Shelter Buddy, please contact the Community Relations Manager.

How to Get Started:

1. Register with us through our volunteering website. Please click the link provided below: 

https://www.volunteermatters.net/vm/MenuHome.do?owner=qhs  (10 minutes). Once registered, you will receive an email from the Community Relations Manager. You must be 16 in order to volunteer without an adult.

2. Call (217-223-8786) or email (voluntr@adams.net) the Community Relations Manager to schedule an Orientation Walk-Through. Volunteer Manual

Volunteer Orientation Walk-Through

In order to begin volunteering, you must schedule and attend a volunteer orientation walk-through.  This is a great way for you to learn more about the shelter and how you can help and also to get to know the volunteer coordinator. This walk-through will provide you with the training you need to complete volunteer tasks at the shelter.

Once you have attended an Orientation Walk-through, you are free to begin volunteering!  Volunteers are welcome to come and pitch in anytime we are staffed.  We don’t schedule volunteer hours or require you complete any certain amount.

For more information or to sign up please call (217) 223-8786 or email voluntr@adams.net

Volunteer Opportunities:
Socializing and caring for animals at the shelter
Nursing home pet visits
Fostering animals in need
Helping with fundraising events
Pet adoption events
Community outreach events
Transport driving

Volunteer FAQs

Q: What sorts of things do volunteers do while at the shelter?
A: Volunteers help us with walking dogs, socializing dogs, training dogs,  cats and kittens, cleaning and laundry.  When you come volunteer, you can choose which area you’d like to help in.  Our favorite thing for volunteers to do at the shelter is animal socialization.  Our staff works hard to ensure all of our animals are kept clean, safe and healthy – but we love for volunteers to help us with the fun stuff!

Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?
A: General volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 can become Shelter Buddies, contact the Community Relations Manager for more information. Volunteers under the age of 16 are required to volunteer with an adult at all times during volunteering.  

Q: Is it possible to job shadow a Quincy Humane Society employee?
A: Because of the nature of the work we do, we do not generally offer job shadowing opportunities.  However, in rare cases if a student is studying to be a veterinary technician or planning to pursue a career in veterinary science, we can make exceptions.

Q: Can individuals come out to volunteer on a one-time-only basis?
A: Unfortunately, we require all volunteers to go through a training process prior to volunteering at the shelter.  This training provides skills in animal handling, safety and the important rules we have set in place to keep our shelter animals as healthy as possible.  Because of this, we do not allow groups to come out and volunteer for a one-time event.

Q. Can groups come in for a service day or service project?
A: We do welcome groups and organizations to schedule service days or service projects. We ask that these opportunities are scheduled in advance so we can plan projects ahead of schedule. 
*Please note that each opportunity is on a case by case basis to ensure we are able to accommodate your group**

Q: Can I volunteer at any time?
A: Volunteers, who have gone through the training, are welcome to come out and help anytime we have staff at the shelter.  As long as you are staying busy and helping, you are able to stay as long as you would like!

Q: I would like to do other things besides helping at the shelter.  What other opportunities are available?
A: There are many things we need help with!  We are always looking for foster homes for puppies and kittens – temporary homes for animals before they come into the shelter and for our community outreach events!  Community outreach events include pet visits with the elderly and local schools, information tables, kids events, adoption events and fundraisers! We love volunteers with special skills – if you enjoy doing something in particular that can be done here, let us know and we can arrange something!

Q: I have court appointed community service hours.  Can I complete those at the Quincy Humane Society?
A: We do accept court appointed service hours at the shelter.  Those seeking hours must talk to the Community Relations Manager before beginning those hours.  Individuals completing community service hours must complete tasks outside the typical volunteer responsibilities.  Please contact the Community Relations Manager for more information.