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Become an MHS Volunteer

What should I do to become a new volunteer?

We're Glad You're Here!

Welcome and thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at Midlands Humane Society. We are very grateful for your support and would be thrilled to have you join our volunteer team. There are few things as rewarding as helping a homeless animal find a new home and when you volunteer at MHS, you make a difference for homeless animals AND the people adopting them.

Volunteering can take a variety of forms at MHS with opportunities including animal socialization and enrichment, adoption counseling, special events, building upkeep and even becoming a mentor to new volunteers joining the program. Our volunteer team members give their heart, time, and talent to change the lives of thousands of pets each year. We could not do what we do without volunteers, and we have unmet needs waiting for more talented volunteers to help us fulfill our mission!

You will want to think about what passions and skill-sets you have that you would like to share with MHS.  For instance, do you love to be outside walking and helping train dogs?  Or are you more comfortable interacting with cats?  Do you want to help clean or provide general maintenance?  Are you great at organizing?  Maybe you prefer to help with office work?  What about gardening and yard work?  Maybe you'd love to help organize and facilitate events?  MHS offers all these unique volunteer opportunities so you, as a volunteer are fulfilled and know that you are helping MHS increase our bandwidth!

What should you do NOW?

Step 1: Attend general orientation to decide if MHS is the right fit for you.  Our scheduled trainings are held at MHS, 1020 Railroad Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA.  Available orientation dates are listed below. Please email Derek at with the date you will be attending. 

  • February 4th 9:45am - 10:30am
  • February 8th 6:30pm - 7:15pm
  • February 11th 9:45am - 10:30am
  • February 22nd 6:30pm - 7:15pm

*Number of attendees per orientation will be limited to ensure social distancing

Step 2: Fill out a volunteer application after attending orientation. There is a $25 application fee that includes a volunteer t-shirt and a nametag/lanyard and helps to cover administrative costs.

Step 3: Complete volunteer training sessions based on your skills/interests.

Step 4: Join our volunteer team to help SAVE the ANIMALS!

Midlands Humane Society volunteers are committed to furthering our mission of protecting and nurturing companion animals while enriching the lives of people who love them.

**In order to volunteer, you need to be at least 13 years of age and you will be required to work alongside an adult chaperone (at least 18 years old). Volunteers under the age of 16 are not permitted to walk dogs.  At 16 years of age, volunteers can work on their own.

Volunteer Vision Statement:

Midlands Humane Society will seek, empower, and value our volunteer team, while collaborating to provide life saving initiatives and community engagement to impact the animals and people we serve.  

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