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Our Volunteers Save Lives!

From dog walkers to cat cleaners and dishwashers to offsite events, we would love your help with just about everything! Daily dog walks are at 8:00 AM and 3:15 PM. We would love to have you walk the trails with our canine friends to give them some time outside their kennels.

At 9:00 AM, every morning, we clean all of the cat kennels in the building. We would love help cleaning. Then, afterward, socializing our kitties.

One of our favorite things to do is spread our mission and talk about our available animals at offsite events! We have lots of dishes, laundry, and cleaning to do all day long from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 365 days a year. We would love your help!

This program requires participants to be 10 years old or older. We require parental supervision on-site at all times until the age of 16. Volunteers under the age of 16 are unable to work with canines.

To get started, we first ask that you watch a short informational video and complete an application. To get involved, please email our Volunteer Director, Chelsea Brown, at [email protected]. Thank you, and happy volunteering!

Looking to volunteer but with less commitment? Check out our Fast Track volunteering and Dog’s Day Out programs! CLICK HERE TO GET INVOLVED.

Our Current Weekly Volunteer Positions:

Dog Walking and R & R

Each morning and afternoon, our dogs leave their kennels for some much needed fresh air and exercise. Volunteers will work with dogs of all sizes and breeds. They will enforce good behavior and encourage training. These volunteers also take dogs for extra walks, socialize them, and provide extra love to make their stay with us a little easier.

Dog Kennel Cleaners

Cleanliness is one of our top priorities. We work hard each day to make sure our animals are in the cleanest space possible. Dog kennel cleaners help throughout the day by deep cleaning empty kennels in the morning and spot cleaning them in the afternoon.

Cat Kennel Cleaners and R&R

We have over 150 cat kennels. This makes for a lot of cleaning, making this one of the most important roles in our building! These volunteers help with getting our cat spaces ready before we open by replacing bedding, changing litter boxes, filling food bowls, and so on.

They ensure their environment is clean and comfortable all day long. All while enjoying purrs and snuggles! These volunteers also help us keep our cats comfortable by giving them some extra love while they are here.

Small Animal Care Assistants

Morning cleaning caregivers assist with getting our smaller critters ready for the day! Ranging from rabbits to hamsters, we provide fresh bedding, food, hay, and vegetables to help them thrive while they are with us. As these guests tend to stay with us longer than dogs and cats, these volunteers fill the crucial role of socialization.

Shelter Helpers

This is odds and ends of shelter work, the less glamorous but just as important things! Whether it is washing dishes, cleaning laundry, organizing supplies, or bleaching kennels to prep for incoming animals, these volunteers are essential to our day-to-day function. They help free up staff to work more closely with the most in-need animals!

Adoption Counselor Assistant

Help our Adoption Counselors at the front desk by directing traffic, answering phones, and other aspects of customer service. As volunteers spend more time here, they can train to help match pets with potential adopters.

Transport Volunteer

While we try and do most things with the animals in-house, sometimes they need to be escorted to or from other locations. Whether it’s a drop-off or pick up at a local vet office or meeting a transport van full of puppies in Southern Maine, we are always in need of volunteers available to help animals get from point A to point B!

Event Volunteer

Like getting out into the community? We frequently host off-site adoption events and informational events. We always need volunteers ready to go and represent BHS!

Humane Education Volunteer

We always need enthusiastic people who enjoy working with kids. Help us lead tours and assist with different humane education events, including Kids Give Back and Cats on Laps. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON HUMANE EDUCATION & OUTREACH.


Do you offer volunteer opportunities for groups?
Yes, when we have the availability! Group needs and sizes may affect our ability to accommodate. The sooner you get in touch, the better! To discuss your specific group’s needs, please contact our Volunteer & Community Outreach Director Chelsea at [email protected] or (207) 942-8902 ext. 108.

I work or go to school during the week. What opportunities are there for me?
There are people at the Bangor Humane Society 365 days a year, from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM almost every day. Many volunteers are in school or hold other jobs. They can work volunteering into their schedules as well!

What if I can’t commit to a schedule once a week?
Although we do strongly encourage applicants to commit to two hours each week, we understand that it’s not always possible. We can individualize a plan for you based on your schedule.

Can I use volunteer time at the Bangor Humane Society to complete school or court-mandated requirements?
If you need to fulfill a school or court requirement, please contact our Volunteer & Community Outreach Director, Chelsea, to discuss availability and restrictions at [email protected]

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