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. Questions? Meet with the LCHS Volunteer Coordinator, Susanna Snyder.

Do I need to commit to a certain schedule every week?

No. While LCHS benefits from having volunteers who can commit to a schedule, it is OK to volunteer on a drop-in basis.

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 Volunteer Training before you begin volunteering.

The training is offered the first Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30p.

Once you are an approved volunteer, you can access the Volunteer Portal in Volgistics to self-schedule for the training.

The training includes:

  • Dog walking and Weiss Walkie¬†training.
  • Information about LCHS’s volunteer and community programs.
  • Shelter tour and cleaning protocols.

*If you are an approved volunteer, and are interested in attending a training, please email Susanna at

Can I bring my children with me when I volunteer?

Yes, but there are age requirements.

These are the LCHS volunteer opportunities by age:

  • While children under 10 are welcome to visit the shelter, we ask that parents do not bring children under 10 for their volunteer rotations.
  • Volunteers that are 15-years-old and younger, 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?

We have many different volunteer opportunities available, from serving on committees to working directly with the animals. LCHS relies on volunteers 7 days a week to help with dog walking, cleaning, front desk support, and help taking pets to events. Please stop by the shelter and complete our volunteer application.

I’m in, where do I sign up?

Please stop by LCHS and complete an application.