Get Involved - Volunteer!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Dakin Humane Society is home to over 500 volunteers who make it possible to serve thousands of animals and their families every year. Volunteers can be found in all departments from hands-on work with shelter animals and foster care to duties in our administrative offices and events.

How do I become a Dakin volunteer?

Start here to review our essential volunteer capabilities. All volunteers must be 16 years of age.

We place volunteer team members depending on the specific needs of the program, the availability of positions, and the alignment of skills and qualifications of our candidates.

Please keep in mind that most opportunities require a weekly commitment on-site at Dakin in Springfield. Please review the job description thoroughly before applying.

Once your application is submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted by a Dakin staff member for next steps. Due to the large amount of interest in our volunteer program, we are not able to place every applicant in a volunteer position. Volunteer placements are based on suitability for the specific shifts and roles, not on the order in which applications are received.


Currently accepting applications for:

Routine Cat Care (Mornings)

Volunteers work closely with staff to provide a loving and comfortable environment for cats housed in our adoption areas by attending to vital issues of health, sanitation, nutrition, and comfort. View the full role description.

Routine Dog Care

Volunteers work closely with staff to provide a loving and comfortable environment for dogs housed in our adoption areas by attending to vital issues of health, sanitation, nutrition, and comfort. View the full role description.

Greeter

Be the first point of contact for visitors, potential adopters, and other clients using Dakin’s services. This role is crucial in creating a welcoming and positive experience for everyone who walks through our doors. Greeters provide assistance and support a smooth flow of traffic in the lobby. View the full role description.

Home Again Thrift Shop

Join a team of dedicated people who work together to support Home Again, the Shop at Dakin. Home Again is Dakin’s on-site thrift shop, filled with lots of items for pets and people.  All items sold generate funds to sustain Dakin’s programs. View the full role description.


Unable to commit to a specific schedule? You can still help!

Learn more about other ways to support Dakin.

More Ways to Get Involved

> Helping animals at home - becoming a Foster Caregiver

> Host a supply drive to collect needed items on our wish lists

> Create a DIY fundraiser to raise funds that support Dakin's programs

The lives changed by Dakin’s programs and services are only possible through our community's support. Thank you again for your interest.