Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

Brittany Kuecker attended South Dakota State University for her undergraduate degree, majoring in sociology and political science. During her time as an undergrad, Brittany Kuecker completed an internship with a local animal shelter. Reputable shelters, such as those affiliated with the Animal Humane Society, require a significant commitment on the part of volunteers.
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The Animal Humane Society is well-known for its mission of serving the animal community and guarding and maintaining animal welfare in the Midwestern United States. Services include adoption and surrender, outreach efforts, and rescue work. Many animal lovers contribute their time and skills to the organization as volunteers. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age and commit to a year of volunteering, which entails a two- to four-hour shift every other week. Most opportunities occur during the week between noon and eight at night with weekend shifts also available between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There are many volunteer roles available, including adoption preparation, adoption support, animal care assistant, animal bather, dog walker, training support, wildlife transport, and more. Volunteers will work at the shelters or in the community. The Animal Humane Society also needs foster parents to take pets in at their homes.

Learn more about volunteering and fill out the application at www.animalhumanesociety.org.