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Apply to Volunteer for the Humane Society of Missouri!

The Humane Society of Missouri encourages the participation of volunteers who support our mission to protect and enhance the lives of animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people. Volunteers make it possible for the Humane Society of Missouri to care for the more than 10,000 animals who come through our doors each year. From direct animal care, to community education, to helping out with laundry, volunteers can be found making a difference everywhere you look!AdoptionVolunteer

Volunteer Fee Payment
As part of the volunteer application process, we require a volunteer fee to help offset the costs of administrative processing, training materials, applicable background check fees, your volunteer uniform, volunteer program maintenance, and other costs that leave a footprint in our finances so more can go toward animal care. We hope it is a small price to pay for wagging tails, sloppy kisses, purrs, and the warm fuzzies every time you volunteer! Volunteers also receive 10% off all purchases in our gift shops and there are additional adoption and veterinarian discounts once service milestones are reached.

Volunteer Open Houses
Upon submission of your Volunteer Fee you will be set up with access to our Volunteer Open House registration program. Volunteer Open Houses are primarily scheduled for Saturday mornings at either our headquarters shelter on Macklind Ave or the shelter located in Chesterfield Valley. Additional days and locations are added, but on a less frequent basis. If you are concerned about your ability to attend a session we encourage you to contact the volunteer office in advance to discuss.

Adult Volunteers
You are at least 18 years old and plan to volunteer on your own. Providing a commitment of 1-3 hours per week for the initial 6 months of your service.

Youth, Groups, and Community Service
 • Young adults age 16-18 may volunteer in our Kennel Enrichment Program, Shelter Support, or Gift Shop. Youth volunteers can email for available opportunities.
 • Kind Kids ages 6-15 can volunteer through our Shelter Buddies Reading Program. A parent must attend training and be present at all volunteer shifts. Learn more and register for our Shelter Buddies Program »shelterbuddies.jpg

Please contact the volunteer office if you are seeking service hours for school/class prior to registering for an orientation session.

 • Group volunteering is limited to opportunities at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, in Union, Missouri and a limited number of options may be available for our annual Bark in the Park event. Learn more »

 • Individuals seeking verification for their volunteer hours for court, class or any other program can complete hours at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. We regret that we do not have the ability to provide verification for hours completed in any other role. Request community service at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch »

Before submitting your fee payment, we encourage you to thoroughly review information about volunteering and volunteer requirements in different roles. If you have any outstanding questions, please reach out to the volunteer department at or 314.951.1577. Please understand that your volunteer fee is non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to the shelter should you decide to forego volunteering for any reason.

Click "configure" below to submit your volunteer fee. If you are registering multiple volunteers, please complete information for each registrant.

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Register to become a volunteer and attend an upcoming volunteer training.
$20 per person