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Become a Volunteer!


People who volunteer for Humane Ohio come from all walks of life. Some are teenagers completing school service learning projects, some are professionals looking to spend time working for a cause they love, some are stay-at-home moms or dads, and others are retirees. What they have in common is a love of animals, and a desire to make a difference.

Age Requirement: Due to liability restraints, volunteers must be at least 18 years old. We do have youth volunteer opportunities like making dog beds and cat toys, organizing a pet food drive to collect dog and cat food for the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank, and more. Download and view a list of youth volunteer ideas.

All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application and sign a liability agreement.

If you need to complete community service hours for school credit, please see our short-term community service hour project list.

If you are interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities or would like more information, please e-mail volunteer@humaneohio.org . We look forward to meeting you and to working together to reduce pet overpopulation in our community!

Volunteer Opportunities

Medical Team Assistant (for veterinary technician students only)

We have hands on volunteer opportunities in our spay/neuter clinic for first and second year veterinary technician students working to get RVT Registration that will count towards any volunteer hours required by your program. Please contact volunteer@humaneohio.org for more information.

Humane Ohio /Toledo’s PET Bull Project Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry is a joint project between Humane Ohio and Toledo’s PET Bull Project. The Pet Food Pantry makes free pet food available to pet parents in need and to people caring for free-roaming cats. This program helps make sure that pets and stray cats in our community do not go hungry, it helps pet parents keep their pets even in tough financial times, and it helps ensure that people do not have to share their own meal with their pets and go hungry themselves. The pet food pantry is now run out of Toledo’s PET Bull Project’s facility. We need volunteers to pick up pet food from area drop off locations and take the food to the pet food pantry at scheduled times. 

Community Outreach

After joining our team of community outreach volunteers, you can tailor your volunteer experience to whatever you enjoy most. Volunteers lead tabling efforts at festivals and fairs, help with planning and staffing of special fundraising events and distribute flyers around town to places with community bulletin boards.

Donation Canister Volunteer

Be the Change…Collect the Change! We have donation canisters in area businesses. We need volunteers to collect the money once a month and turn it in via check or money order.

Can’t make the commitment to volunteer on a regular basis?

You can still help with a number of opportunities:

  • Assisting with mailings 
  • Posting flyers at pet supply stores and other places with community bulletin boards
  • Participating in booths at fairs and festivals
  • Helping with special events and pet food drives
  • Checking in clients during promotions at the clinic

And more!

Wish list

Another way you can help is by donating items/supplies from our “Wish List.” All items are greatly needed and appreciated and will save us money that we can put towards our services and programs so we can help even more people and animals.


Please visit our “Ways to Give” page for information on how you can make a monetary donation. Small, medium and large donations all add up and allow us to help more people and animals.

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