Humane Pennsylvania and its partners can only do the work we do for animals with the help of over 600 volunteers who donate their time, expertise, and love every single day. We welcome volunteers to help us make Pennsylvania the most humane state in the nation!

Whether it’s animal care or dog walking, event support, clerical, fundraising, weeding, adoption promotion, or any other of the many volunteer opportunities we have to offer, every volunteer job is part of our success.

Humane Pennsylvania values our vol­un­teers, mem­bers, and sup­port­ers as impor­tant con­trib­u­tors to the work we do and it is thanks to the gener­ously donated time and assis­tance of volun­teers that we can offer many high qual­ity pro­grams and ser­vices to Berks, Lan­caster and surrounding Counties pets and residents! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at the shelter, in the community, and from home! Every­one plays an impor­tant role in mak­ing sure all ani­mals have a lov­ing, safe home to call their own – thank you for becom­ing involved!


The first step to volunteer is to fill out the HPA Volunteer Application. The application contains information about the types of opportunities we have available that you can do to help animals in need. Volunteers with interests & availability that match openings will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator & all volunteer applications are held on file for 3 months.

As of August 1, 2018 – Paper Volunteer Applications are no longer accepted and all volunteer applications must be submitted through the online application form.

  • A $20 application fee will be due upon volunteer orientation registration. One application fee per individual applicant. Business and school groups are exempt from this fee. The application fee applies to all individual applicants. All application fields must be completed. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • The $20 application fee is only for those wishing to become regular volunteers. Those in need of completing community service hours for school or court ordered will not be required to pay the $20 orientation registration fee. (Court Ordered Community Service and Community Service applications are exempt from this fee.)

Please review our list of Service Projects that are all greatly appreciated, can be started right away, and can all count towards service hour requirements.

If you have questions or need additional information about volunteering for Humane Pennsylvania, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kristi Rodriguez, at

*For those required to complete hours of Community Service (such as with a school, church or organization), you will need to complete the Community Service Application, which differs from the HPA Volunteer Application above. Our Volunteer Coordinator will review your application upon completion and if an appropriate opportunity is available, you will be notified as to when your start date can be expected!

*For those required to complete COURT ORDERED Community Service, you will need to complete the Court Ordered Community Service Application which differs from the HPA Volunteer Application above. After submitting your community service application, it will be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator and if an appropriate opportunity is available, you will be contacted and informed on when you can expect to start your required hours.


Service Days
Ser­vice Days are typically yard work projects or shel­ter cleaning/organizing projects.
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Foster Care
Foster families provide a life-saving second chance to animals in need.
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Corporate Sponsors
Become a sponsor for HPA by supporting our special events, becoming a retail partner, or by displaying an HPA dog bank at a visible location at your business.
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