Thinking about Volunteering?

Volunteering is a great way to help the shelter, interact with our animals, and to make new friends in the process!

​Completion of our volunteer orientation program is the first step in our People, Animals & Welfare for Success (PAWS) program and is required to become a regular volunteer with the Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC). Designed for adults and students 12 and older, PAWS consists of a total of 11 hours of training – 6 hours of classroom and 5 hours of on-site training to learn about the fundamentals of caring for animals as well as the mission and philosophies of the HSDC. The dates for New PAWS Classes can be found on this page.

Upcoming PAWS Classes

All training will take place at the New Beginnings Church Pavilion located at 2163 St Rt, State Rte 37 E, Delaware, OH 43015. Note: You must commit to attending all three sessions to complete the classroom portion of the PAWS training.

All of our PAWS classes are full for the remainder of this year. Please check back soon for PAWS class opportunities for 2022.

​Once you have completed volunteer orientation, the PAWS volunteer opportunities include –

  • ​Administrative Volunteer
  • ​Animal Transport Volunteer
  • ​Cat Care Volunteer
  • ​Cat Special Care Volunteer
  • ​Dog Care Volunteer
  • ​Foster Parent Volunteer
  • ​Shelter Facility Volunteer
  • ​Special Events Volunteer
  • ​Website Photography Volunteer

Every volunteer orientation program graduate will receive a training manual and volunteer t-shirt. We ask all incoming volunteers to make a one-time investment of $15 to defray the cost of providing the PAWS program. The fee must be paid prior to starting the orientation training.

​In an effort to be honest and transparent with our volunteers, the training will include some sensitive topics. Medical conditions such as euthanasia, pet sterilization – which can include terminating a pregnancy, and animal abuse and neglect will be discussed. Our trainers do their best to handle these topics in a sensitive and factual manner while ensuring all questions are answered and our procedures are clearly communicated. We understand these can be difficult topics with moral, religious, and ethical considerations. As a parent or guardian, you may wish to have a prior conversation with your minors before the first night of training. Alternatively, you may not feel comfortable having your minor attend this training and we understand and respect your decision.

Junior & Teen Volunteers

Junior volunteers are students between 12 – 15. An adult (over 21 years old) must also complete an application, attend the volunteer orientation training, and must accompany the junior volunteer at all times. This includes during all training sessions as well as volunteering with them.

​Teen volunteers are students between 16 -17 years old and must have a parent or guardian fill out the waiver but do not have to be accompanied by a guardian to attend volunteer orientation or volunteer at the shelter.

​All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a completed “Junior & Teen Volunteer Waiver of Liability and Release” form on file to partcipate in the PAWS program.