Volunteer Program

A Message from the Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you for your interest in the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) Volunteer Program. We understand your time is valuable and we appreciate that you’re thinking about spending some of it with us! Volunteers are vital in helping us continue our mission to improve the lives of dogs and cats in our community by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay/neuter programs, and community education.

Due to the high number of applications received it may take up to a week to receive a response from the Volunteer Coordinator. If you do not hear from someone within 10 days of submitting your application please email volunteer@SAhumane.org.
Thanks!

Volunteer Opportunities

The SAHS offers both long and short term opportunities for individual and groups.

General Volunteer Program
The SAHS asks that general volunteers be able to commit to at least one volunteer shift per month for a minimum of six months. Our general volunteer program is open to individuals as young as 12 years of age however, anyone between the ages of 12 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian volunteer at all times. General volunteers can participate in one or more of the following teams:


Fee:

The fee for the General Volunteer Program is $30 - $45 per person.
• $10 processing fee - The SAHS charges a non-refundable $10 processing fee for all volunteer applications. We process thousands of applications a year, and this fee is needed to help cover the costs associated with processing each applicant.
• $15 background check fee - All applicants 18 or older must agree to and pass a background check. The fee for the background check is $15 paid directly to the background check company, Verified Volunteers.
• $20 volunteer fee – Once approved, volunteers will be asked to pay a $20 volunteer fee. This fee goes to cover the cost of your volunteer insurance, shirt, badge and any other necessary supplies.

How to apply:
Please click here to apply for the General Volunteer Program: http://newvolunteer.sahumane.volunteerhub.com/


Court Ordered Community Service
Court Ordered Community Service hours are available at the SAHS. They are approved on a case by case basis by the Volunteer Coordinator. Court Ordered Community Service volunteer work revolves around cleaning and maintenance and consists of little to no animal interaction. You must meet the following guidelines to be considered for the program:

- Be able to provide court documentation stating the offence, number of hours to be completed, and the date they must be completed by.
- Submit to and pass a background check.

Fee:
The fee for the Court Ordered Community Service Program is $30 - $45 per person.
• $10 processing fee - The SAHS charges a non-refundable $10 processing fee for all volunteer applications. We process thousands of applications a year, and this fee is needed to help cover the costs associated with processing each applicant.
• $15 background check fee - All applicants 18 or older must agree to and pass a background check. The fee for the background check is $15 paid directly to the background check company, Verified Volunteers.
• $20 volunteer fee – Once approved, volunteers will be asked to pay a $20 volunteer fee. This fee goes to cover the cost of your volunteer insurance, badge and any other necessary supplies.

How to apply:
Please click here to apply for the Court Ordered Community Service Program: http://courtorderedcommunityservice.sahumane.volunteerhub.com/


Volunteer for a Day – Groups
We love having volunteer groups visit us!

We are able to accommodate groups of at least 10 but no more than 25 volunteers, all of whom must be at least 18 years old. We call this our Volunteer for a Day program. Opportunities are available most Mondays-Saturdays, and must be scheduled at least one (1) month in advance. Scheduling is made on a first come, first-served basis.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer visiting volunteer group opportunities that involve direct animal handling due to the extensive training required to handle animals. However, all visiting volunteer group opportunities allow for a behind-the-scenes tour of our campus and at least 30 minutes of animal interaction at the end of the shift!

Fee:
The fee for the Volunteer for a Day is determined by the number of participants. Please see below:
•  $100 for up to 10 people
•  $150 for up to 15 people
•  $200 for up to 20 people
•  $250 for up to 25 people

How to apply:
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by e-mail at volunteer@SAhumane.org for more information and to schedule your visit.


Volunteer for a Day – Individuals (Coming Soon)
The Individual Volunteer for a Day program was developed to create a short term volunteer opportunity for individuals that are unable to commit to the general volunteer programs hour requirements or simply need to earn a small number of community service hours (Court Ordered Hours are not granted in this program). Participants in the Volunteer for a Day Program must be a minimum of 12 years of age. Individuals between the ages of 12 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian that will pay & participate in the program with the minor. Participants between the ages of 16 and 17 must have their parent/guardian sign a release form to participate.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer opportunities that involve direct animal handling due to the extensive training required to handle animals. However, all opportunities allow for a behind-the-scenes tour of our campus and at least 30 minutes of animal interaction at the end of the shift!

Attendees will earn a total of 4 hours per session. Right now we are offering one session per month however, we hope to offer more soon!

Upcoming Sessions:
TBA

Fee:
The fee for this program is $20 - $35 per person for the first session. Any additional sessions are $10 per person.
• $10 processing fee - The SAHS charges a non-refundable $10 processing fee for all volunteer applications. We process thousands of applications a year, and this fee is needed to help cover the costs associated with processing each applicant.
• $15 background check fee - All applicants 18 or older must agree to and pass a background check. The fee for the background check is $15 paid directly to the background check company, Verified Volunteers.
• $10 volunteer fee – Once approved, volunteers will be asked to pay a $10 volunteer fee. This fee goes to cover the cost of your volunteer insurance, badge and any other necessary supplies.

How to apply:
Please click here to apply for the Individual Volunteer for a Day Program: TBD

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