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.
Active volunteers can view our scheduling system for volunteer opportunities.
Getting Started: Fill out an online volunteer application (button below) and sign up for an Orientation. Orientations are only offered twice a month. You must attend an Orientation. At the Orientation you will learn some of the expectations and procedures involved in volunteering with us and each person will be asked to sign up for a Shelter Tour.
In House Training: After the Shelter Tour, each person will be asked to sign up for a Job Shadow Training. The Job Shadow Training is a detailed hands-on training in cleaning protocols and different areas where help is needed within the shelter. At the end of this training a $15 Volunteer Kit must be purchased.
Want to be a Dog Walker? Once initial volunteer training is complete, those interested in any interaction with the shelter dogs must sign up for a Safety in Dog Handling class. This class is generally offered on Sunday mornings.
Age Requirements: Youth ages 14-17 are permitted without a guardian. Those younger are required to have a guardian present at all times, on site or otherwise. There is no exception to this rule. Our Youth Ambassadors are equally important to us on the journey to ensure animal welfare, however a maximum of 3 hours is all that is permitted on a single day. Youth under the age of 16 are not permitted to walk shelter dogs, but may accompany their adult (who will have to attend all mandatory training).
Essential Capabilities: All volunteers must be able to meet our requirements for physical, emotional and mental capabilities and must be able to work with minimal supervision.
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.
Many of our young volunteers read out loud to our pets in our special Nuzzle Buddies Reading Room. Your contribution of only $40 will aid us in purchasing dog beds, blankets and toys to help make the Nuzzle Buddy experience as comfortable as possible for both person and pet.
School Community Service: If your school community service requirement is 10 hours or more, you must attend a Volunteer Orientation. If you or your student need fewer than 10 hours, volunteering at any one of our community events, organizing a donation drive or becoming a part of our reading program are the qualifying opportunities. Please call Selah Dalacos at (912) 354-9515 x112 for details.
Court-Related Community Service: A Community Service Orientation is required before beginning any service hours.
Group Volunteer/Community Service Projects: Requests for group volunteer or community service projects must be submitted 30 days in advance for approval.