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HSCO Shelter Volunteering

The HSCO Shelter Volunteer Program has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Below is a brief description of the most common opportunities. Please check with the volunteer department to see what opportunities are available. Opportunities may vary throughout the year.

  • Canine Companion- Volunteers socialize, train, groom and provide enrichment to the dogs in our care.
  • Feline Friend- Volunteers socialize, train, groom and provide enrichment to the cats in our care.
  • Shelter Ambassador – Assist the front desk with daily operations, greet and provide customer service to the public, including adoption support.
  • Shelter Operations – Go behind the scenes to assist kennel staff in the cleaning and preparation of canine and /or feline kennels as well as assisting in a variety of support work to keep the shelter running smooth and safe.
  • Events and Community Outreach- Volunteers assist at off-site events by educating the public about responsible pet ownership, providing information about HSCO and promoting adoptions.
  • Vet Clinic Assistant- Clinic volunteers aid the clinic team in stocking, cleaning and recovering animal’s post-surgery.
  • Reading Volunteer – Tales for Tails is a special division of our volunteer program where youth ages 9-18 provide reading enrichment to animals in our care. No minimum hours to participate in this program. Click here for details.

Volunteer Requirements

  • An online volunteer application must be submitted for consideration into the HSCO Volunteer Program.
  • Make a commitment of six months with a minimum of 1 two-hour shift per week. Your individual availability will be considered; please discuss this with the Volunteer Department. We do not accept short-term volunteer due to extensive training requirements.
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation and any other trainings based on your volunteer placement
  • If you need community service hours for Court Mandated Hours please read the requirements on that specific page.
  • If you need community service hours for school projects, please visit the Service Opportunities for Students page.
  • Minimum age to volunteer is 9 years old. All youth 15 and younger must be actively accompanied by an adult with direct supervision at all times when volunteering. Individuals 16 years and older may volunteer without direct adult supervision, but in some individual cases supervision may be required and is at the discretion of Management. Both the youth and the adult must complete individual applications.
  • Have regular access to the Internet and an email account.
  • Every applicant (age 18 years or older) will need to pass a background check.
  • There is a nonrefundable $25.00 on-boarding fee which includes the background check, HSCO volunteer t-shirt, ID badge & training.  All approved volunteers will be responsible for the fee prior to completing the background check. T-shirts will be provided at the completion of the first shift. This insures that we are able to dedicate more resources to our animals and we thank you for your support. If this constitutes a financial hardship for you, you may request a fee waiver by contacting us directly.

Volunteer Orientation & Training

A general volunteer orientation is mandatory for all approved applicants. This orientation introduces you to the volunteer program and opportunities, as well as HSCO’s programs, services and policies. After completing this orientation, you will then sign up for specific trainings based on your volunteer placement. Volunteers that have been inactive for over six months are required to attend a refresher course to be updated on the volunteer program.  Any volunteer that has been inactive for over one year need to reapply for the program.

HSCO Shelter Volunteer Application

We welcome you to apply to our volunteer program if you can meet the above requirements.

If you are interested in the Foster Program, please click here.
If you are interested in the Thrift Store, please click here.

Our Locations

HSCO Shelter:
61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR  97702
Open M-F 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays & major holidays

HSCO Thrift Store:
61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR  97702
Open Every Day 10am-6pm
Donations Accepted:
Mon. - Sat. 10am-5pm
Donation Door Closed Sundays
Schedule a Furniture Pickup