Policy & Orientation

HSSC volunteers improve the quality of life for the animals in our care, increase our animals’ chances to be adopted by helping these pets become more socialized and friendly, assist staff in keeping our shelter clean and operating efficiently, and help promote shelter programs and services in the community.


Download, complete and submit one of the following pdf files:

Adult Volunteer Application (PDF)

Adult and Minor Volunteer Application (PDF)

  • All volunteers must complete Volunteer Orientation training prior to becoming actively involved in our shelter activities and with our shelter animals.  Volunteer orientation sessions are held at the shelter the first Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. and the third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.  Volunteer orientation sessions are approximately 90 minutes from beginning through question and answer.
  • Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  The adult accompanying the youth must handle the animals at all times.
  • Volunteer groups representing churches, schools, scout troops or civic groups are most welcome.  While we prefer each volunteer under age 16 be accompanied by an adult volunteer, a ratio of no more than two (2) youth to one (1) adult is required.

Shelter Volunteers Recognized for Jobs Well Done!

HSSC Volunteer awards 2015

Awards of appreciation for quality time and talent freely given highlighted an evening of recognition on April 30th at the Davenport Library Fairmount branch.

And the honorees are:

Jim Naser “Over the Top Award” for 255 hours walking dogs and socializing pets. James Branch “Rising Star Award” for giving 50 hours to the animals. “Tip of Many Hats Award” to LeaAnn Bishop, Ardith Frandsen, Ruth Eyman, Nancy Kime and Shelly Jacobs for taking on tasks from foster care to assisting at rabies clinics and events. Debbie Schmidt “Kitty Lover and Litter Scooper Award” for her loving care of our shelter cats and kittens.

“Knocks it Out of the Park Award” to rabies clinic veterinarian Dr. Fred Mulch and clinic helper Amy Girlich. “Steps Up to the Plate Award” to Dr. Mike Moulton, our shelter’s weekly volunteer veterinarian.

“Get ‘Er Done Award” to event committee members Thomas Behne, Jean McClure, Corinn Shannon and Aleeza Singh.  “Creativity Award” to graphic artist Mary Talbert. “Man of Many Talents Award” to videographer, photographer, technology specialist and event associate John LaBella.

Pictured left to right, back row: John LaBella, Ardith Frandsen, Jim Naser, Ruth Eyman, James Branch and Thomas Behne; front row, left to right: Aleeza Singh, Jean McClure, Debbie Schmidt and Amy Girlich.

THANKS TO EVERYONE who gives time and talent to our shelter!  We could not do what we do without YOU!


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Job Descriptions

Dog Walkers provide structured exercise and attention to the shelter dogs to promote good physical and mental health for the pets and much needed interaction with people.

Drivers collect donations from multiple off-site locations, return to the shelter and organize these donations for immediate needs and storage for future use.

Animal Care Volunteers and Pet Companions give baths and transport pets to a local groomer and spend quality time with pets in adoptions.

Kennel Care Volunteers assist staff in maintaining a healthy environment for the animals by cleaning and sanitizing kennels, crates and cages.

Greeters welcome visitors arriving at the shelter, direct visitors to and through adoption areas and connect visitors with staff who can assist customers in non-public areas of the shelter.

Community Outreach Volunteers accompany the shelter Education Director on “Out and About” activities and presentations at schools, libraries, senior centers, retail stores, and other locations in the community.

Office Assistants provide support with general office duties, such as filing or answering phones and complete special projects as needed.

Event Committee Associates help the Shelter Development Manager plan and coordinate special events that raise much needed funds for animal care, comfort and shelter. Event Associates assist staff and other volunteers at special events.


Volunteer Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding volunteering for the Humane Society of Scott County please contact:

Email: adoptapet@hotmail.com or Phone: 563-388-6655

When action meets compassion LIVES CHANGE!