Volunteerism is an integral part of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and enables us to make a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless pets. We could not exist without the time, effort, enthusiasm and expertise that each volunteer commits to giving. We recognize the valuable roles volunteers play and are committed to providing thorough, hands-on training and ongoing support to every volunteer.
We ask that each volunteer commits to six hours a month and is able work with us for at least six months. If you know in advance that it will be difficult to fulfill this commitment, please consider helping us in other ways - by donating to our wish list, our thrift store or becoming a foster parent. If you are interested in periodic volunteering, we always need volunteers for special events.
Studies show that reading aloud to pets can increase a child's reading ability and improve their attitude towards reading. Our Nuzzle Buddies program will pair your child with a shelter dog or cat in a comfortable environment. There your child is free to read his or her favorite books in a one-on-one setting. Each Nuzzle Buddy will also document the day’s session: who they read to, the pet’s reaction to story time and any observations they want to include.
This program is only offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-5pm, after school. It is also offered several Sundays a month from 1-2pm. This program is available to any reading aged child, 7-13 years old. ALL Nuzzle Buddies sessions must be pre-scheduled in advance with the Community Engagement Manager and parents must remain on site and supervise their child for the duration of their reading session.
Operation New Hope is a partnership between the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goal of Operation New Hope is to give dogs with poor prospects for adoption a second chance, and to reduce recidivism rates by giving inmates the opportunity to acquire new transferable skills and experience accountability.
All pets adopted from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah are eligible for free weekly new adopter training sessions. Sessions are held every Saturday. No advance sign-up is necessary, but please arrive on time. Basic behavior and socialization techniques will be covered.
The Canine Good Citizen Certification Course is a two-part course that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. This class aims to create well mannered dogs in your home and in public to make pet ownership the joy that it should be.