Thank you for considering volunteering at Heartland Animal Shelter!

To become a volunteer, you must fill out a Volunteer Application and attend a General Orientation which are held the 4th Saturday of the month at 4:15pm in our training hall and last for 45-60 minutes. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and those under 18 years of age will be required to attend the orientation with a parent or legal guardian and must sign a Waiver and Release of Liability Minor-Child Volunteer. Adults over 18 will be required to sign a general waiver. Please read about all the volunteer opportunities we have available!

Advance registration is not required to attend a General Orientation session, please just come to Heartland Animal Shelter during one of the below listed times. Be sure to fill out the Volunteer Application online ahead of time so that you can begin volunteering as soon as possible! For questions regarding the orientation, please email us.

The next new volunteer orientation dates are*:

  • Saturday, November 30 at 4:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 28 at 4:15 p.m.

*New Volunteer Orientation Dates are typically the last Saturday of each month, except where noted otherwise.

In efforts to help the animals at our shelter, please donate an item off Our Wish List at the time of the orientation!

If you are assigned Court Ordered Community Service and wish to serve at Heartland Animal Shelter, contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

If you are with a corporate or community group who would like to donate your time to Heartland Animal Shelter, please email us about opportunities we have available.

Following orientation, prospective dog volunteers must complete four, one-hour sessions with a mentor, which you can schedule at your convenience using our Volgistics system. Prospective cat volunteers must complete one hands-on mentoring session before becoming a full volunteer. All of this is covered in the orientation.


When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.