How to Help: FAQ
I want to volunteer, where do I start?
In order to become a volunteer at the Licking County Humane Society, please stop by our shelter to fill out a volunteer application. Once you submit an application, the Volunteer Coordinator will email you with next steps. Questions? Contact the LCHS Volunteer Coordinator, Laurinda Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to commit to a certain schedule every week?
It is suggested, but not required. Volunteers self-schedule for all of their volunteer shifts online in a system called Volgistics. That way, volunteers can choose what opportunities fit with their schedule. There is a minimum requirement of two volunteer shifts per month to remain an active volunteer.
Do I need a background check or reference check?
We complete a public record check before a volunteer is approved.
Will I get training?
Yes. You must complete the LCHS New Volunteer Orientation before you begin volunteering. You must be an approved volunteer before attending orientation.
The orientation is offered the second and fourth Sunday of every month from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm.
Once you are an approved volunteer, you can access the Volunteer Portal in Volgistics to self-schedule for the orientation.
The orientation includes:
- Education on LCHS Mission, History, and Services
- Information about LCHS’s volunteer opportunities and community programs
- Dog walking and Weiss Walkie training
- Shelter tour
*If you are an approved volunteer, and have not completed the New Volunteer Orientation, please follow this link and sign-up in Volgistics:
Do not attend orientation without first signing up on Volgistics.
Can I bring my children with me when I volunteer?
Yes, but there are age requirements. See requirements below.
These are the LCHS volunteer opportunities by age:
- While children under 12 are welcome to visit the shelter, we ask that parents do not bring children under 12 for their volunteer shifts.
- Volunteers that are 12-15 years-old , must be supervised by an adult (parent, guardian, etc.) They cannot handle dogs.
- Volunteers that are 16 and 17-years-old, may volunteer without adult supervision, as long as their volunteer application is signed by their legal guardian. They cannot handle dogs.
What kinds of activities can I volunteer to help with?
LCHS relies on volunteers 7 days a week, and there are many different opportunities available:
- Direct Animal Care: Cleaning (Canine Center and Cat Rooms), Daily Feeding, and Dog Walking
- Administrative: Low-Cost clinics (Spay/Neuter and Vaccine Clinics), fundraising committees, and much more
- Community Events: Represent LCHS at local businesses, schools, and Senior Living Communities
- Foster Care: foster LCHS pets and Pet Respite pets
I’m in! Where do I sign up?
Please stop by LCHS on 825 Thornwood Drive in Heath, Ohio and complete an application.