GHHS is no-kill animal shelter in Huntsville, Alabama.

With numbers rising and more of us popping up positive, protocols are going to be changed temporarily. Effective January 14, 2022, all staff and volunteers will be required to wear a mask at all times. We will continue to encourage masks and hand sanitizer for our guests. We will have signs posted encouraging to wear a mask and it’s recommended.

At the shelter we will limit one family at a time in the cat room, dog kennels, and waiting areas. This is going to be very similar to our past experience with limiting traffic within the shelter. If numbers continue to rise and places shut down, we will only allow approved applicants in the shelter.

We need everyone healthy and safe to “Unleash Possibilities” in 2022.

Apply to Volunteer

Complete the volunteer application below to lend a hand to those with paws and tails.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

GHHS relies almost entirely upon volunteers, and we’re always looking for kind-hearted and responsible people to help us in our mission.

Volunteers can fill a variety of roles, such as guest escorts, dog walkers, feline socializers, cleaning, and thrift store sorters and pricers. You can volunteer in as many areas as you’d like, or focus on one particular job.

We appreciate each volunteer’s time!

Volunteers are asked to commit at least 6 months (2 shifts per month), however we may ask you to return to general orientation if you have not volunteered within the past six months. This ensures volunteers are kept up to date on GHHS procedures. Only those volunteers with ten or more hours in a six-month timeframe will be kept “active”.

By agreeing to volunteer, you understand that GHHS cannot be held responsible for damages of personal property or injuries. This includes but is not limited to animal bites, wear and tear of clothes, vandalism, and all accidents or injuries.

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All volunteers under the 19 years of age will be required to provide a parental consent form prior to volunteering.

All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation prior to being hands-on.

Additional training is required for specific jobs and will be discussed at orientation in detail.

GHHS is always open to group volunteering since some jobs are easier with many hands.

Group Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in group volunteering! GHHS always has a need for volunteers, and we love organized group efforts.

Groups may volunteer Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm (excluding federal holidays). We unfortunately cannot schedule groups for Saturdays. Groups may volunteer for up to 2 hours.

Due to our small building size, we can only accommodate groups of up to 12 people. Volunteers under 19 years old must have a signed Parental Consent Form. Due to insurance restrictions, we cannot accept volunteers under 16 years old and group volunteers are not allowed to handle the large dogs.

Here’s an idea of what your group may be asked to do:

  • General shelter cleaning
  • Socialize kittens & puppies
  • Clean litter boxes
  • Scoop the kennels & puppy patio
  • Pick up trash around facility
  • Seasonal landscaping work

 

If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please complete the Group Volunteering Form and return it to our Volunteer Coordinator, Marguerite Long – mlong@ghhs.org.

Please return the completed form at least 2 weeks prior to your intended volunteer date.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with GHHS! We're always seeking dedicated volunteers and hopefully you have had a chance to review our website and social media to gain a sense of GHHS' mission. Please carefully consider the following before submitting your Volunteer Application:

  • Dog Handlers must be at least 19 years old and complete 8 volunteer hours before they become eligible to complete the Dog Handling Certification Class
  • Volunteers (16+) may volunteer independently with a signed Parental Consent Form
  • Volunteers (13-15yo) may volunteer with a Parent/Guardian (Parent/Guardian must attend Volunteer Orientation with child and be present with child at all times during volunter shift)
  • Volunteers (6-12yo) may volunteer with the Paws For Reading Program
  • Volunteers are asked to commit at least 6 months (2 shifts per month). Please carefully consider how much time you have to commit to your volunteer experience.
  • Volunteers seeking Community Service Hours are allowed (with the exception of felony, violent, animal abuse charges). Community Service Volunteers are not allowed to socialize animals.
  • We suggest that volunteers seeking veterinarian experience contact veterinarians to gain the appropriate experience as we do not have medical volunteer opportunities
  • We suggest volunteers seeking to learn dog training contact a professional dog trainer to gain the appropriate experience
  • Volunteering with a group? Close this window and scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on Group Volunteering.
  • Unfortunately, volunteers are unable to interact with puppies (because they are not vaccinated

Thank you for helping GHHS further the animal welfare & rescue cause!