Nevada Humane Society

2825 Longley Ln Suite B, Reno, Nv 89502, Usa
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Our missionOur mission is to care for pets, find them homes and save lives.

Nevada Humane Society

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Clinic Surgery Monitors

Requirements: 18+; once a week commitment on the same day/time every week; Training Shifts: 7 days a week Volunteers are trained monitor animals post-surgery to make sure they are recovering.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Foster Care

There are two ways you can help as a Foster Care Volunteer: in your own home and/or here at the shelter! Our foster coordinators often need help at the shelter providing care for animals, especially during kitten season! In addition to this, we are always looking for potential foster families that will be trained on caring for animals in their own home
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Clinic Pack Makers

Requirements: 18+; once a week commitment on the same day/time every week; Training Shifts: 7 days a week Volunteers are trained to clean instruments and put surgical packs together. We also need help with monitoring animals post-surgery to make sure they are recovering.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Volunteer Dog Care Specialist

Love for dogs and a desire to care for them, keep them comfy and happy. No handling class required, all on the job training. Clean kennels, Provide clean bedding, Prepare food bowls, Prepare enrichment items, Click for quiet and other training, Bathing and grooming, Watch for unusual health issues, and much more!
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Offsite Cat Maintenance

Requirements: Access to transportation; 16-17 (with parent supervision) We have cats that are located at offsite locations such as PetCo or PetSmart. We need volunteers to tend to these cats on a daily basis
  • Weekly
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Bunny Knit and Sit Helpers

Requirements: 10+ with parent supervision; 16-17 without supervision Every Thursday we have a knitting class with the bunnies. We need volunteers to help transport the bunnies to the education room and monitor them during the knitting class.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Event support, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Dog Class Teacher

Requirements: 18+; Experienced Dog Walker Shifts: 3 times a month Volunteers are needed to teach new volunteers all about dog walking here at NHS! A training will be required in order to teach these classes
  • Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Hiking Buddies

Requirements: 18+; yellow dot dog walker, once a week commitment on the same day and time every week Borrow a best friend for the day! Take a dog out with you for a day of fun, fresh air and exercise! Does this sound like a howlin’ good time? Sign up to help today!
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Pets on Tour LEAD

Requirements: 18+; Dog Handling Class; Twice a month commitment We need volunteers who can lead our Pets on Tour Events. This involves driving to our offsite locations, training new volunteers, engaging with potential adopters, completing adoption paperwork, ensuring that the offsite location is clean when leaving, and much more! This position requires a shadow session with an experienced volunteer
  • Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Small Animal Handling

Requirements: 10+ with parent supervision; 16-17 without supervision Our small animals are in constant need of social interaction and enrichment! Come play with bunnies, guinea pigs, and more! We also have fun opportunities for further socialization including Bunny Knit and Sit and Bunny Yoga!
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Pets on Tour

Requirements: 16-17 with parent permission; 18+; Dog Handling Class On a weekly basis we bring dogs and cats to offsite locations for adoption events. We rely heavily on our volunteers for this role as the more volunteers we have the more animals we can bring offsite! You will be trained on how to setup, the adoption process, and engagement with potential adopters and donors.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Event support, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Bunny Yoga Helpers

Requirements: 10+ with parent supervision; 16-17 without supervision Every Wednesday and Saturday we have a Bunny Yoga class. We need volunteers to help transport the bunnies to the education room and monitor them during the yoga class.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Adoption Ambassadors

Help find homes for NHS animals as a Foster Care Parent through our home-to-home adoption program. Encourage adoption while taking the animal on outings in public and community interactions as well as social media promotion and networking. Provide animals a safe and comfortable home while waiting for adoption and free up additional resources for NHS to help more animals. Promote animals to a new audience of adopters and provide more detailed information about an animal’s behavior in a home environment to ensure a good fit and adoption experience.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Dog Walkers

Requirements: 18+; once a week commitment on the same day and time every week Are you 18+ and would like to make a difference by walking dogs? Become a dog walker today! We have different levels of dog walkers; green dot (easy), yellow dot (medium-difficult), and purple dot (only experienced volunteers and staff).
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Vaccine Clinic Reception

Requirements: 18+; once a week commitment on same day/time every week Shifts: Monday-Friday During our vaccine clinics we need help processing clients, checking phone lines, returning phone calls, and scheduling appointments.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Education Ambassadors

Requirements: 16+ Shifts: As needed Volunteers are needed to teach children and adults about the responsibilities of caring for a pet. Topics covered are volunteerism, pet safety, pet overpopulation, adopting from a shelter and making a lifetime commitment to your pet.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Cat Class Teacher

Requirements: 16+; Experienced Cat Handler Shifts: 3 times a month Volunteers are needed to teach new volunteers all about cat handling here at NHS! A training will be required in order to teach these classes
  • Monthly
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Cat Care

Requirements: 10+ with parent supervision; 16-17 without supervision Our cats need daily stimulation, just like dogs! We need volunteers on a daily basis for cat enrichment. This includes playing, grooming, and socializing the cats. Interested? Sign up to be trained today!
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Fungal Jungle

Requirements: 18+; once a week commitment on the same day/time every week; Training We have many kittens that come to the shelter infected with a fungus called ringworm. This is a very common infection in young animals and can be transmitted to humans. Because of this, these kittens often struggle from lack of socialization. As a volunteer in our fungal jungle, you would wear protective gloves and booties to prevent the spread of the fungus. This is a great opportunity that will benefit many cats who do not receive proper socialization!
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpMany volunteers have expressed that they feel they aren't aware of all of our opportunities. There are SO many ways you can help as a volunteer.
About usNevada Humane Society (NHS) is a charitable, non-profit organization and the only open-admission, no-kill shelter in the state of Nevada. Incorporated in 1932, it was originally created to address the suffering of local stray animals. In 2007, our Board of Directors changed the mission of the organization to one of lifesaving, promoting animal welfare while finding homes and providing care for homeless pets in Northern Nevada. In 2014, NHS expanded to include Carson City. In October 2016, we moved into a brand new shelter in Carson City, which will increase the number of lives saved in Northern Nevada. It’s an exciting time for homeless pets and animal lovers, as more than 100,000 animals have been placed into loving homes since our lifesaving mission began in 2007, and we are only continuing to grow.
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