A Message from the Volunteer Coordinator

UPDATE: Our next volunteer orientation will be in January, 2023, please check back for dates to sign up!

Thank you for your interest in the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) Volunteer Program! 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.

Before registering for an orientation, please review the following information to ensure our program is the right fit for you.

- Volunteer Capabilities Overview
- Volunteer Handbook

We understand your time is valuable and we appreciate that you’re thinking about spending some of it with us!

About Our Programs

SAHS General Volunteer Program
The SAHS General Volunteer Program offers individuals a variety of volunteer opportunities. Examples include:

Program Requirements
Individuals must be a minimum of 16 years of age to be accepted into the SAHS General Volunteer Program.

Individuals between the ages of 16 and 17 will be required to have their parents sign volunteer release forms.

Applicants 18 years and older will be required to complete a background check.

  • If you have concerns about your ability to pass a background check please contact volunteer@sahumane.org.
  • The fee for this service is $15.50 and is paid directly to the background check company.

Volunteer Opportunities & Time Commitments

Volunteer opportunities are available between 7 am & 7 pm every day except for major holidays. The SAHS offers two types of volunteer opportunities, shifts & timeslots.

  • Shifts are determined by the supervisor requesting volunteer assistance. Shift start and end times are set and require the volunteer to be available for the entire duration of the shift. Shifts can range anywhere from 1 - 4 hours in length.
  • Timeslots are more flexible. They don’t have a set start or end time. Volunteers can set their own start and end times within the timeslot set for the day by the volunteer coordinator.
  • All opportunities, regardless of type, have set limits on the number of volunteers able to register for the same day & time.
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering at least once a month to remain active.

How to get started

  1. Register for a Volunteer Orientation
    - Space is limited so be sure to register early.
    - Individuals are required to pay a $15 fee when registering to reserve their seats. This fee helps the SAHS offset the cost of volunteer software, insurance, and supplies. (This is a separate fee from the $15.50 background check fee)
    - An account must be created and a ticket must be purchased individually for each person attending orientation.

  2. Check your inbox for a confirmation email from the Volunteer Coordinator. This email will contain the links you’ll need to:
    - Update your volunteer profile in GivePulse
    - Submit your background check (18+)
    - You will not be able to attend orientation if your background check is not in process.
    - You will not be given your volunteer shirt and badge unless your background check is complete.

Upcoming General Volunteer Orientations
Dates for next month's orientations will be released after all orientations for the current month have passed. If none of the current dates work for you, please check back then.

UPDATE: Our next volunteer orientation will be in January, 2023, please check back for dates to sign up!

President’s Volunteer Service Award

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The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is proud to announce the availability of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment. Established in 2003, this award is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months. As a Certifying Organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the SAHS can nominate potential recipients and distribute the Award to those who meet or exceed the Award criteria.

Hours are measured over a 12-month period (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.

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Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients may receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.