Have Fun While Helping – Youth Opportunities

Whether it is to gain school credit, earn a troop badge or just out of the goodness of your heart, volunteering at WCHS is a beneficial way to donate your time and talents. When you volunteer you meet new friends (both human and animal), discover skills you never knew you had and make a difference in your community. Youth who volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behavior, are more likely to feel connected to their community, and tend to do better in school. Have fun while giving back. Volunteer to help do your part today.

Please note that we do not allow children under the age of 14 to volunteer. Due to issues within the shelter, WCHS has reevaluated our policy in regards to youth volunteers. We no longer accept any students under the age of 14-years-old to volunteer at WCHS due to liability. Youth volunteers currently enrolled in the volunteer programs who are under 14 will be grandfathered in.

After School Program (A.S.P.)
The A.S.P. is for students 14-18 years old looking to get experience in the animal care field. the program offers students the opportunity to learn more about the day to day care of WCHS’s adoptable shelter animals. Volunteer applicants should be comfortable working with all types of animals along with a willingness to learn. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, scooping cat boxes, cage cleaning, kennel touch-ups, potty breaks for adoptable dogs, dishes, laundry, garbage/recycle duty, and general shelter upkeep. Students commit to one day per week for 2 hours each shift. Students work in a crew and must work well in this type of setting.

Romp With The Animals Counselor
If you enjoy both kids and animals than this is the perfect program for you! Join our committed team of camp counselors who work with the campers to ensure they have a great week at WCHS. Counselors work with the campers on crafts and assist them during the day. Camp counselors must be able to commit to a full week of camp. The program will run Monday through Thursday from 8am-5pm. Click here to find out more about Romp With The Animals.

Love to bake? WCHS has several fundraisers throughout the year and one way we make money is by having a bake sale. Bakers are asked to bake 5 dozen of their favorite cookies/bars or some breads, cakes, etc. Bakers must be able to deliver to WCHS or specified place where event will be held. This opportunity is a terrific way for families, girl scout troops, cub scouts and other student organizations where students need a few volunteer hours.

If you are interested in baking for one of our events or bake sales, please email Kerry Kasten at volunteer@washingtoncountyhumane.org and include your name and email to be added to the bakers distribution list. Be sure to add the email to your contacts so the emails can be received. When baked goods are needed, you will receive an email with the details of quantity, packaging instructions and delivery dates.

Special Events
WCHS has several events in the summer and fall and we are always looking for volunteers to help. If you work and/or have limited time, but would like to help a couple times a year, special events may be a fit for you. This can involve anything from baking, making crafts, setting up and breaking down, and helping at the event. Scouts, school groups (14 years and older), and adults are a fit for various aspects of this opportunity.

Rummage Sale Volunteers
Volunteers 16 and older are able to help with our annual rummage sale. Each spring WCHS looks for several volunteers to help unload, sort, price and help customers at the fundraiser. Volunteers can help with the bake sale in addition to the rummage sale itself. Volunteers are needed for set up and break down of the rummage sale.

Best Foot Forward (BFF)
This program requires parent supervision.
Do you enjoy dogs? Looking to get some exercise? Then the Best Foot Forward dog walking program is for you! Give our adoptable dogs the attention and exercise they need. Dog walking is done Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8am – 12pm. Great opportunity for families, students, and retirees!

Feline Intervention Program (FIP)
This program requires parent supervision.
Do you LOVE cats and enjoy socializing them? Volunteers are needed to play, groom, and hang out with our adoptable ADULT cats. No kittens participate in this program. Hours for the program are Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8am – 12pm.

Small Animals Program
This program requires parent supervision.
WCHS has a variety of small animals that need handling and attention. Small animal volunteers take an adoptable small animal to a private room to exercise and be handled to help with the adoption floor jitters. Volunteers enrolled in the Small Animal Program should be comfortable with small animals of all kinds. Small animal knowledge preferred but other volunteers encouraged to apply. Program runs Monday through Saturday between 8am-12pm. Students 14-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent and adults 18 years and older are eligible for this program and are encouraged to send in a volunteer commitment form.

Due to the size of our shelter, we cannot always accommodate all applicants, and some opportunities are limited. We take applicants based on our current shelter needs and volunteer positions available.

Click here to download a Volunteer Commitment Form>>

Click Here (Volunteer Form updated 9/30) to download the volunteer commitment form to start the process.

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mail it to
The Washington County Humane Society
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
3650 State Road 60
Slinger, WI 53086

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at:
P 262-677-0731