20160921_111416Want to give back to your community? Love animals? Be a volunteer with the Heritage Humane Society and help us provide a safe, loving environment for our animals until they find a permanent home. Trained volunteers are the heart of the Heritage Humane Society. We greatly appreciate your time and effort to help us offer a safe, loving environment for each of our pets waiting for their new home. If you have any questions, please call us at (757) 221-0150.

Age Requirements:

For your safety, Heritage Humane Society requires that every volunteer be at least 12 years of age. Volunteers 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult who has also been through volunteer orientation. In order to keep everyone safe, volunteers 16 years and older are permitted to walk dogs.

  1. VolunteerVolunteer as an individual (orientation required)

    • Dog & Cat Socialization
    • Special events (adoption programs)
    • Shelter maintenance
    • Humane education
    • Mobile outreach programs

  1. Volunteer as a group during “morning clean”
  2. Foster a pet (orientation required)
  3. Hold a “wish list” drive
  1. wmstudents-puppiesComplete an application and liability release form. (Volunteers 12-15 years old, please fill out the juvenile application and have a guardian sign the liability release form). If you are unable to print the application, you may pick one up at the shelter.
  2. Email your completed application to volunteer@heritagehumanesociety.org or drop the application off at the shelter in order to be signed up for an upcoming volunteer orientation part 1. If emailing please scan your application and attach it to your email, pictures of applications will not be accepted. You will be notified of upcoming orientations after your application has been reviewed. Pre-registration for orientation is required because space is limited.
  3. Attend orientation part 1 at the Heritage Humane Society.
  4. Complete 10 hours of volunteer work that is not directly working with the animals like cleaning cat cages, helping with dishes, or folding laundry.
  5. springman-volunteerEmail volunteer@heritagehumanesociety.org  once you have completed your 10 hours of volunteering to be signed up for orientation part 2. Pre-registration is required because space is limited.
  6. Attend orientation part 2 at the Heritage Humane Society.
  7. Choose which areas you would like to help with:
      • Dog/Cat Socialization (includes walking, playing, and petting the animals)
      • Special Events
      • Shelter Maintenance
      • Humane Education
      • Mobile Outreach Programs (includes adoption programs)
      • Foster Care
  1. Hold a “wish list” drive
  2. Take a tour with your scout troop, youth group or school
  3. Attend Animal Camp
  4. Collect money for the shelter by running a lemonade stand or garage sale.

Month Week Day
May 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
May 1, 2017 May 2, 2017

Category: Media Appearance Wmbg AM740 Live with our Pet of the Week

May 3, 2017 May 4, 2017 May 5, 2017

Category: AuxiliaryPetSmart National Adoption Weekend at Monticello Store

May 6, 2017

Category: AuxiliaryPetSmart National Adoption Weekend at Monticello Store

May 7, 2017

Category: AuxiliaryPetSmart National Adoption Weekend at Monticello Store

May 8, 2017 May 9, 2017

Category: Media Appearance Wmbg AM740 Live with our Pet of the Week

May 10, 2017

Category: AuxiliaryAuxiliary Meeting

May 11, 2017

Category: Community EngagementNeuter Scooter comes to Williamsburg

May 12, 2017 May 13, 2017

Category: VolunteerVolunteer Orientation

May 14, 2017
May 15, 2017 May 16, 2017

Category: Media Appearance Wmbg AM740 Live with our Pet of the Week

May 17, 2017

Category: VolunteerVolunteer Orientation

May 18, 2017 May 19, 2017 May 20, 2017

Category: Community EngagementFamily Fun Fest

May 21, 2017
May 22, 2017 May 23, 2017

Category: Media Appearance Wmbg AM740 Live with our Pet of the Week

May 24, 2017 May 25, 2017 May 26, 2017 May 27, 2017 May 28, 2017
May 29, 2017

Category: GeneralHoliday Closure

May 30, 2017

Category: Media Appearance Wmbg AM740 Live with our Pet of the Week

May 31, 2017

Category: Community EngagementNeuter Scooter comes to Williamsburg

June 1, 2017

Category: Media Appearance Hampton Roads Show: Pet Pal of the Week

June 2, 2017 June 3, 2017

Category: Community EngagementTails on the Trail

June 4, 2017