Volunteer Process

Volunteer COVID-19 Notice: We are still accepting new volunteers. However, under the current circumstances, volunteer start dates are pending. 

PLEASE NOTE: We are located at 845 West Ridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (HSNEGA). As a non-profit organization, HSNEGA has a small staff and relies heavily on our team of volunteers who play a vital role in caring for and finding homes for an average of 2,000+ pets annually. We couldn’t achieve these numbers without our compassionate, dedicated, long-term volunteers.

Get Started Today

If you are interested in volunteering at HSNEGA, please follow these steps:

1. Be of age. Individual volunteer positions have a minimum age requirement of 18. Volunteers ages 8-17 are welcome to apply to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Specialty volunteer programs/opportunities also are available for Teens, Families, Groups, and Youth. If you are a teen between the ages 14-17 and would like to volunteer without parental supervision, you must apply for our Humane Heroes Program (acceptance is limited). See orange buttons below.

2. Submit a volunteer application. All potential HSNEGA volunteers must have a volunteer application on file before being considered for the volunteer program and invited to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Our volunteer applications help us learn more about you and match your experience with our needs. Volunteer applications are available online. Please read the entire process before filling out an application. See orange buttons below for applications. 

3. Pay a one-time $30 Administrative Fee. This nominal fee helps off-set staffing costs as well as the administrative costs for your volunteer t-shirt, apron, and nametag. Children 8-13: only $20 volunteer fee which includes a t-shirt and a name badge. Please note the fee is not required for Foster Home (only) volunteers, although volunteer uniform items can be purchased individually. 

4. Complete the online orientation, interview, and one-on-one mentored training session. Before you begin volunteering at the HSNEGA, we require you to:

  • Complete the Volunteer Online Orientation Session where you will learn about the history of HSNEGA, our policies, currently available volunteer positions, and discuss volunteer safety. (we must receive your completed volunteer application to reserve your space at the orientation)
  • Attend a Shadow Training Session(s) with a veteran volunteer before your first volunteer shift solo. 

5. Make a commitment to volunteering 4 hours per month for 4 months. A 4-month commitment is required for most volunteer positions, but there also are some flexible options. Once a volunteer placement has been worked out, a staff member or lead volunteer will work with you to schedule any required additional training and volunteer shifts. 

Individual/Family Volunteering

Teen Volunteering

Group Volunteering

Corporate Volunteering

General Expectations

Each year, more than 300 volunteers, with a wide variety of backgrounds, donate more than 20,000 hours of service, giving hands-on care to animals, raising much-needed funds for our organization, educating our community, assisting in our Spay/Neuter Center, providing administrative support, and more. HSNEGA volunteers report a deep sense of satisfaction in contributing to improving the lives of our rescued animals while working alongside others who desire to create a better future for all animals in northeast Georgia.

We provide training for all volunteer positions, so no prior experience is required. Whether nursing a baby kitten, greeting guests to our Adoption Center, or helping to make an event successful, you can be a part of the LIFE SAVING work we do.

  • Dedicated volunteers of all ages make up the majority of our workforce and we schedule their hours according to animal care needs, so it is vitally important volunteers show up for their shifts
  •  While people come to the HSNEGA because they love animals, volunteers also must be able to work well with other people. Our shelter isn’t just about animals—it’s about people helping animals and our community
  •  For everyone’s protection, volunteers must use the safe animal handling techniques taught in their orientation and training.
  • All tasks, from cleaning kennels [handling animals] to stuffing envelopes, have specific procedures. Volunteers must adhere to these procedures unless a staff member directs them otherwise.
  • Once volunteers know their work routines, they are expected to work with minimal supervision. Following through on tasks ensures the animals are receiving the best possible care. Staff are always available to answer questions.