Volunteer opportunities

COVID Update: We are reopening our volunteer shelter programs, please contact Erin Ellis, Community Engagement Director, for more information, erin@hstt.org.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is able to save and improve the lives of homeless pets because of our vast network of generous volunteers. They provide support at the shelter, at our numerous events, through our growing humane education programs and through our Pet Assisted Therapy Program. In return, our volunteer programs offer great learning opportunities, socialization and fun in an environment with one goal: to help homeless pets in need.

Here's How You Can Get Involved

Complete the Online Volunteer Application & Agreement here. Our Volunteer and Humane Education Programs Director, Erin Ellis, will call/email you to discuss your interests and schedule a General Orientation.

Or simply email or call Erin directly at, erin@hstt.org or (530) 582-2472, and she can help you with the application process.

Kids are more than welcome to volunteer with us, but must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent or guardian that is at least 18 years of age. Kids and parents/guardians must go through all of the necessary training(s) together. Children under 18 years of age must always be accompanied by a trained parent or legal guardian that is at least 18 years of age while volunteering.

If you are in need of court ordered community service hours, you must be 18yrs of age and willing to go through a background check. There is a different process for needing court ordered hours. Please reach out to our Volunteer and Humane Education Programs Director, Erin Ellis, for more information, erin@hstt.org or (530) 582-2472.

Please note: Volunteer opportunities involving direct contact with HSTT pets require our General Orientation as well as Cat and/or Dog Socialization trainings.
Click here to read HSTT's Volunteer Agreement

Click here to read HSTT'S Minor Liability Release Agreement

Ways to Help

An excellent way to help animals while enjoying the company of a pet on a short-term basis.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is able to save so many lives thanks, in part, to our foster program. Volunteer families provide a loving environment for HSTT pets who need a little extra TLC while awaiting adoption. You can choose to foster cats, dogs, puppies and kittens...whatever best fits into your lifestyle. We provide all the support you need.

If you are interested in joining our family of foster home volunteers, please contact Erin Ellis, our Volunteer and Humane Education Programs Director for details, 530-582-2472 or volunteers@hstt.org

Learn more about dog fostering guidelines, cat fostering guidelines and download the foster application.

A very important way for volunteers to help our animals get adopted and stay in their new homes.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe relies on volunteers to help socialize our pets and ready them for a successful adoption. Homeless pets sometimes come to us with less than perfect manners and have never lived in a “normal” home environment. Our socialization programs teach dogs manners, how to behave on a walk and around other pets, and teach cats how to trust, interact and play.

Sometimes socialization means building trust in these animals by simply sitting with them until they feel comfortable around people. There are so many ways to help in this area. We are always looking for new ideas and more volunteers.

Bring a smile to patients, kids and seniors with your certified therapy pet.

Through the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, you can have your pet certified as a pet therapy animal. Through this program, volunteers and their animals visit patients in local hospitals, senior living facilities, schools and many more people who need brightness in their day. Volunteers and their pets find this program extremely rewarding, especially to see how positively people respond to the love of an animal. Enroll in this volunteer program and experience what a difference you can make in the lives of people. Other pet therapy opportunities include; working with children with Tahoe Safe Alliance, Pet Pals (HSTT's humane education program) and RUFF (Read Up for Fun). Ask about how to get involved today!

Dogs must be owned dogs, at least a year of age, spayed or neutered and current on their rabies.

Help homeless pets by having fun.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is fortunate to be located in a community that supports a series of fun and successful fundraising events. Volunteer opportunities for HSTT events range from helping sell rubber ducks at our annual Truckee Duckee Derbee to showing off an adoptable dog at our Black Tie & Tails fundraising gala. You can sell beer tickets at the ever popular Brews, Jazz and Funk at Squaw Valley or you can run an HSTT dog through the dogsled course at the annual Ididarun. All the events are sure to be fun, filled with like-minded volunteers and are a major way you can help fund HSTT programs and services.