We welcome Adult, Junior and Family Volunteers


The Humane Society of Westchester relies on volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks around the shelter and in the communities we serve. Without these dedicated individuals, we would not be able to accomplish all that we do.

There are several ways you can make a difference in the lives of homeless pets by becoming a Humane Society of Westchester volunteer! We welcome Adult Volunteers (ages 18 and older), Junior Volunteers (ages 14 to 17 years of age), and Family Volunteers (parents/legal guardians with children ages 10 to 13, Junior Volunteers with physical, emotional or developmental conditions including those on the autism spectrum, and adults who have legal guardians.). Each group has a program designed for them with different orientations and guidelines.

Note:  Family and Junior Volunteers are not ever permitted to walk dogs at the Humane Society.  There are many other volunteer activities explained in the Volunteer Handbook below.

Ready to lend a paw? To become a volunteer at the Humane Society of Westchester, you must complete the following 3 steps.

(Please Note: Court Ordered Community Service hours are not fulfilled via the Volunteer Program. Please call us at 914.632.2925 to arrange for Court Ordered Community Service Hours.)

Step 1: Volunteer Application

Please see the volunteer applications on the right side of this page. Adult Volunteers must submit their applications online which you find by selecting the button at the bottom of the right side of this page. Please be sure the email address you provide on the application is correct. A valid email is required in order to complete the adult volunteer application process. Junior Volunteer and Family Volunteer applicants download the PDF to complete, print and bring the application in person when you attend the orientation.

Step 2: Volunteer Handbook

Please read our Volunteer Handbook. This handbook will provide you with important information about our volunteer program, including activity descriptions, program rules and guidelines, dress code and more! To view the volunteer handbook, Humane Society of Westchester Volunteer Handbook.

Step 3: Volunteer Orientation

In order to become a volunteer, you must reserve to attend a limited-seating volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientations are approximately one hour long, start at 9:30 am and take place at our shelter.

Adult Volunteers: After submitting your volunteer application, you will receive an email confirming that your application was received. You must respond to this email to sign up for the volunteer orientation and have a confirmed reservation to attend.  You can see available orientation dates via the link at the bottom of this page.

Junior and Family Volunteers:  Review the available orientation dates via the link at the bottom of this page, then send an email to Orientation@HumaneSocietyofWestchester.org to request a reservation for seats in the Junior or Family Orientation that you want to attend.  Juniors, include your name and age, and Families, include adult names as well as names and ages of children (limit 2 children.)   You must have an email back from HSW confirming your reservation to attend the orientation.   Please bring the required completed and signed volunteer application with you to the orientation once you have a confirmed reservation.

All volunteer orientations begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. when the doors close and late arrivals are not admitted.  We recommend you arrive by 9:20 a.m. to be sure you are in your reserved seat when the orientation begins.  Please park at Flowers (City) Park on 5th Avenue, one block from the shelter, as there is very limited parking at the shelter.

Click here to see 2019 Volunteer Orientation Dates

Volunteer Form

Please note:

Adults must submit their volunteer application directly on line. Scroll to the bottom of this side of the page for the link to the Adult Volunteer application.

 If you are an adult that has a legal guardian for any physical or mental condition, please complete as a "family volunteer" with your guardian.

 Junior and Family Volunteers are required to print the form, complete it and bring it with you to the Humane Society of Westchester when you attend an orientation.

Volunteers, including Juniors, with physical, emotional or developmental conditions, including those on the autism spectrum are welcome as Family Volunteers.