We appreciate your interest in volunteer opportunities at the Humane Society of Cobb County. We are a local, no-kill, non-profit organization. We do not receive any city, county, state, federal, or Humane Society of the United States funding. Our facility is run on donations, bequests, and grants, and through fundraising efforts. We rely heavily upon volunteers, and we are very grateful for the time and effort they contribute to our operations.
Our greatest volunteer needs at this time are in the areas of daily habitat maintenance, grounds maintenance, and data entry. If you are able to assist in any or all of these areas, please download our Volunteer Profile form to your computer, fill it out, and submit the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have submitted your Volunteer Profile form, we will notify you of the next orientation date. Orientations last approximately one hour. You must attend an orientation prior to volunteering.
Orientations will be scheduled based on greatest needs first, so we ask that you be patient during the process. Your help is of great value to our organization!
Due to liability reasons, we do not allow volunteers under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a legal guardian at all times.
As our facility is small, we are only able to house a few dogs. If you have a high interest in working hands-on with dogs, please contact Cobb County Animal Services at 770-499-4136. They typically house up to 200 dogs.
Below is a general list of areas that we need help with (priorities are outlined above):
Providing a clean and healthy environment for our animals seven days a week is a responsibility that we take seriously. We need your help to maintain the animal habitats so our furry friends can remain happy and healthy while under our care. This maintenance work mostly occurs from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, but hours can be flexible. You'll get to know the animals while working on their habitats and, at the same time, help socialize them.
Kitty Enrichment Program
We often take in animals whose past has not been ideal for their health and well-being. A soft voice, a gentle hand, and patience go a long way in helping them develop trust and confidence. Some take longer than others, and that's where our Kitty Enrichment Program comes into play. Volunteers in this program are partnered with kitties in need of some extra love and attention. You can help give a kitty a greater chance of adoption. We hope to introduce a program similar to this for dogs in the future.
Education Committee (this program is currently on hold due to COVID-19)
Help us present educational programs to our youth in schools, daycare centers, scout troops, and other youth organizations. We offer this service on an as-needed basis at either our location or theirs. You would always be with an experienced volunteer or employee.
Creative? Energetic? Enthusiastic? There's always a need for volunteer involvement to assist in raising funds for our cause. It takes dedication and commitment, and you'll experience a great sense of accomplishment when goals are met or exceeded. It's all for the animals who rely on us! We also welcome assistance at community events.
We receive up to 100 calls daily. Once trained, volunteers may help answer the phones and assist with data entry. Many of our callers need counseling and education on pet care, adoption, or aid in placing their pet. We need help with these tasks Monday through Saturday, 12 pm until 5 pm.
Campus Beautification Team
Do you enjoy working outdoors, gardening, or landscaping? We are looking for individuals like you to help keep our outdoor space welcoming and relaxing. The dogs under our care enjoy taking walks on our campus, so it's important for us to keep it in tip-top shape. We are always looking for ways to enhance our environment.
Reach out to email@example.com with any questions you may have regarding youth volunteer opportunities. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times. Please also see our Educational Programs page to learn about the educational programs we have available for young people.
For kids who want to help their community’s homeless pets:
Every year, millions of animals end up homeless in shelters. There are things that YOU can do to help these animals! You can even get your class at school or your scout troop involved. When you get more kids involved in helping animals, you are making the world a better place for all animals.
You could start a drive to collect needed supplies for your local shelter. Items universally needed include:
- Paper towels
- Unscented laundry soap
- Unscented hand soap
- Cat food
- Dog food
You can also spread the word to your friends about how important it is for pets to be fixed so that they can’t have babies. If everyone had their pets fixed, there wouldn’t be so many homeless pets in shelters.
And promote your local animal shelter! If you or your friends want a pet, the best thing you can do is adopt from a local animal control facility, humane society, or rescue group. Buying a puppy or kitten from a pet shop means that one from a shelter doesn’t have a home. Make sure you and your friends adopt a pet and save a life!
Our Community Service program is separate from our Volunteer program. Please review the information below regarding Community Service participation.
Our organization relies greatly on Volunteer and Community Service participants for cleanliness and overall daily maintenance of our facility.
Community Service participants will initially need to provide documentation stating the citation that incurred the mandated court-ordered hours along with a valid picture ID. Please call us at 770-428-5678 for more information.