Join our community of animal lovers to share stories, tips
and experiences.
Adopters receive great promotional benefits including big savings and freebies from our partners: PETCO and PetSmart.

Volunteer & Community Service Information Center
The following are commonly asked questions regarding volunteer
opportunities with the Hudson Valley Humane Society:

What are the general requirements for volunteers?
You should be able to read and speak English sufficiently to follow instructions for your safety and that of others. You should be able to work independently and as directed by HVHS staff and be able to get along with others.

Volunteers assigned to dog walking need to be responsible, healthy and reasonably strong. Why? Well, because some of our dogs are large, muscular animals and they are enthusiastic about frequent walks so they can sometimes pull when on a leash.

If you take any kind of medication, especially immuno-suppressive drugs, you should check with your doctor before you begin a volunteer program.

Please download our Volunteer Application
Is there an age requirement to work with the animals?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age to walk dogs, work in the cattery, or have contact with any of the animals. Forgive us for this restriction, but our insurance requires these guidelines.
I am under 18, can I work with the animals if an adult
is with me?
We’re really sorry, but no. However, there are other ways you can help... Keep reading.
I am under 18, what jobs can I do?
You can help us with special events or projects like our annual Dog Walk, Blessing of the Animals, Holiday Raffle, K-9 Pool Party and other events throughout the year. Additionally, you can organize a drive to collect items on our Wish List. You can ask your friends, family, neighbors and fellow students if they want to help collect kitty litter, cat food, dog bones, empty ink cartridges, towels, blankets and more! At the HVHS we go through an enormous amount of supplies.
What are the hours during which volunteers may work?
The HVHS is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm, 365 days a year. Volunteers may work any hours within their schedule that matches ours.
Can I stop in when I have available time?
For the most efficient use of volunteer time, we ask that you commit to a regular schedule (for instance every Monday from 1-4pm or Saturday from 10-2pm). We will be counting on you so anytime you need to miss your regularly scheduled day, let us know in advance.
Volunteer service sounds really rewarding. How do I start?
Download our Volunteer Application and either fax it to 845-942-1177, mail or drop it off at the HVHS, 200 Quaker Road, Pomona, NY 10970.
Is there a minimum time commitment?

Yes. If you have an assignment that involves animal care, we requrest that you commit to at least 2 hours per week, for at least 12 weeks. This is necessary because we invest a significant amount of time providing you with instruction and training.

If your talent is painting, then there is no specific time commitment although we hope you complete the task. Bottom line is, if you want to volunteer talk to us about how your schedule and ours can benefit each other!

What if I only need to do a certain number of hours to fulfill a school requirement?
No problem. We often get students who have to complete a certain number of hours before their semester ends, or prior to graduation. Just be sure to contact us in advance so there is plenty of time to find an assignment that works for both parties.
Do you work with court mandated community service?
Absolutely. The same rules apply, however... contact us in advance of
the date for which the service is to be completed and we can work out a schedule with you.
What unique opportunities exist for volunteers?
At the HVHS we love to bring animals and people together for fun occasions. Volunteers can help with our annual events such as the Dog Walk, K-9 Pool Party or the Blessing of the Animals. In addition, we are receptive to ideas for events and fund raisers that you can think of. Plus, if you have a special talent like painting or woodworking, we have lots of use for you!
Do you have a foster care program?
From time to time, we have the need to place an animal in a trained, trustworthy home for care outside our facility. If you are interested in providing foster care, let us know on your Volunteer Application.
What if I still have questions?
Fill out the contact form and we will be happy to answer all your questions.
Please download our Volunteer Application
Hudson county humane society newsletter