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Mission Statement

The mission of the Idaho Humane Society is to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane awareness, education, and compassion.

Why Volunteers Are Needed

Volunteer time and talents are an asset to the Idaho Humane Society. There are many ways you can make a difference for the welfare of animals. You may wish to work directly with the animals at our shelter or you may get involved with other important aspects of our shelter’s operations.

Volunteers Help in These Areas:

-Administration  -Adoption Assistants
 -Animal Socializing
 -Recycling Team
-Foster Care
 -Off-site Adoptions
 -Spay/Neuter Clinic  -Pet Food Pantry
-Education  -Customer Service  -Special Events  -Veterinary Hospital

Becoming a Volunteer

Sign up to become an Idaho Humane Society Volunteer. It’s easy!  Below are the minimum requirements to become an IHS Volunteer:

  • Must be twelve years of age or older. (Ages 12-16 must train & volunteer with an adult volunteer). 
  • Complete a Volunteer Application
  • Must include an email address so you can receive communication from the Volunteer Office.
  • Submit the Orientation Fee of $10.00 
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation Class                                              
  • Care about the welfare of animals
  • People with special needs are welcome to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by their caregiver, who also meets the requirements of an IHS volunteer.   
If you are a student with a community service assignment from school, please see options available on our Short-Term Student page here

Note: Court-ordered community service is not part of the volunteer program; please see the Front Desk personnel at the Idaho Humane Society for more information.


Each year our budget must be met through the generosity of our supporters. To make sure that every possible penny goes into the care and feeding of the animals in our shelter, we have instituted an Orientation Fee of $10.00 to cover the cost of your volunteer materials and IHS Volunteer T-Shirt to help alleviate some strain on our budget. Please submit your Orientation Fee with your Volunteer Application. (Attach a check to your application if you mail it. You may pay with cash or a credit or debit card if you turn your application in at the Shelter.)  

After we receive your completed application you will be emailed additional information and a link to our online class schedule where you can sign up for Volunteer Orientation, Cattery Skills, and Kennel Skills classes.  The 2 hour orientation class will help make you feel comfortable in your new role as an IHS Volunteer and provide you with an overview of our cause, policies, and volunteer opportunities. The Cattery & Kennel Skills classes include hands-on animal handling instruction. 

Volunteering for the Medical Center

There are many ways that volunteers can help our Veterinary Medical Staff – such as assisting with patient checkout, feeding and exercising canine patients and even sanitizing and preparing surgical instrument packs. That work requires some special training. If you're interested, you can watch this video to see what it's like to volunteer in the clinic:

Learn more

If you have any questions about our Volunteer Program, please contact Melanie Larson, Director of Volunteer Services, at 208-331-8553 or

Click here for the Idaho Humane Society's Volunteer Handbook