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Are you interested in donating some of your spare time? Looking to add some exercise to your daily routine? Why not come into the Shawano County Humane Society and show all of our furry friends some love and attention. 


What does volunteering entail?

  • In the mornings, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., we clean kennels, wash dishes and feed all of our furry friends. If you are interested in helping with our morning routine, you will need to be able to work with bleach and other cleaning items. Please make sure to wear older clothing, as you will more than likely get bleach on them.

  • Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m to Noon on Saturdays, volunteers walk the dogs. Please make sure to wear tennis shoes, no sandals please! We also socialize our cats and kittens!

  • Another way to volunteer is by visiting nursing homes with our furry friends. The residents of our surrounding nursing homes love these visits!


Click the link to download the application!


The form can be brought in to the shelter, faxed or emailed. Your first time volunteering at the shelter, you will be given a tour before you begin working with the animals. You must be at least 16 years of age in order to volunteer at the shelter on your own. If you are under the age of 16 you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


Do you have community service hours for housing, school, etc.? You can complete them at the Shawano County Humane Society, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. You must first complete the form which is linked above. When you bring your form to the shelter, you will have to set up a schedule with our Animal Care Director, Sarah Magee or our Director, Pam Nowak.

Some Words From Our Volunteers


"Why do I volunteer? It's seeing those little faces looking out at you hoping for just a few minutes of "cuddle time" or a little time outside their cage to feel like a normal cat (or dog) again. It's hearing their happy sounds when they know you're there to give them a little attention.

It's helping people sort out that one special animal for them from so many needy and deserving animals and sometimes if you are really lucky seeing their happy smiling faces again at a later time and hearing how happy they are to have them.

Once upon a time my own lovely cat was one of these unfortunate creatures. It is for her that I got started. It is what keeps me going when someitmes I feel like stopping. It is an experience I hope will continue much longer."

-Betty Bubolz


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