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At which center would you like to volunteer? Please check all that apply.

Please note that volunteers age 14-17 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times. Separate volunteer applications for both the adult and the minor must be received before we are able to consider your application for open volunteer positions. We are unable to accept on site volunteers under the age of 14. 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.


Please check each volunteer opportunity that is of interest to you. Please note that not all opportunities are always available. We will do our best to accommodate you based on availability and preferences.

Ensures dogs are exercised in our play yards and provided with enrichment opportunities.

Provide hands on care for our felines by cleaning cages and litterboxes, helping with laundry and washing dishes.

(Park is located in Birdsboro approximately 20 minutes from our Berks County location) - If you already frequent our Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park with your canine companion, why not help us keep the place looking great at the same time? Change pick-up bags and monitor trash.

Prepare mailings, assist with data entry, make phone calls, process adoption applications, update shelter website, assist with customers during adoption promotion weekends, and other clerical tasks as needed. **At our Berks County location we are open until 7pm on Mondays and Fridays. This allows for an opportunity to assist in this position only until 7pm on those weekdays.

If cleaning and organization is your thing than this is a job for you! Provide our animals with fresh toys and blankets, and assist with laundry/dishes/sweeping and mopping.

Help showcase our adoptable pets, shelter, and veterinary hospital through flattering pictures to be used for our website, social media, and promotional purposes. You will need to provide your own camera and be comfortable using a computer to upload your photos to our website.

Represent the organization in the community at various events and help spread information about our adoption services, pet retention programs, and Humane Veterinary Hospital services.

Sometimes animals come through our doors that are not able to be placed up for adoption. In an effort to save as many lives as possible, we contact outside rescues to assist us. There are times when transport to the rescue is needed. There are also occasions where animals need to be transported between our Lancaster and Berks County shelters. Volunteers will use their own gas and vehicle to transport the animal to the designated area. Directions, instructions, and a crate will be provided by Humane PA. Volunteers will coordinate transport with the shelter’s Operations Director and/or shelter staff.

Care for shelter animals in your home that are not yet ready for adoption. Supplies such as food, litter, crates, etc. are provided by our organization.


I do hereby release Humane Pennsylvania, its Board of Directors, and employees from any and all liability for injuries incurred while performing volunteer services at or for Humane Pennsylvania. I hereby permit Humane Pennsylvania to use pictures/videos taken at Humane Pennsylvania functions and community events, in which I may appear, for communication and promotional purposes. I certify that all information provided is correct and accurate as of application submission date.