Heartland's mission is to provide shelter, care and humane treatment of lost, stray and abandoned animals until they are adopted. We are a private, non-profit, charitable organization that relies on the hard work and dedication of its volunteers to provide quality care for the animals we shelter. Devoting time as a volunteer helps improve the quality of life for the animals and the likelihood that each one will find a permanent, loving home.

Please Note:

Volunteering at an animal shelter can include strenuous activity and might affect some people with animal allergies. While not all of these requirements apply to all volunteer opportunities, some of these requirements and areas may apply to you and your specific volunteer opportunity. For those specific opportunities where physical requirements are required volunteers must be able to do the following:

1. Must be able to run, jog, and walk at a fast pace if needed.

2. Must be able to run or walk backwards if needed.

3. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

4. If you suffer from allergies you might experience symptoms while at the shelter.


Due to the high volume of individuals who are looking to walk dogs and our limited ability to keep up with demand to train each new dog walker in a timely manner, we are currently only accepting dog walkers who meet the following requirements:

- Have weekday morning or weekend evening availability

- Have experience walking and handling large dogs

- Are able to consistently commit to a minimum of two hours per week on a shift in need

If you meet the above criteria for dog walking and are 18 or older then you can either take the online orientation and assessment or attend an in person orientation. If, however, you are interested in walking dogs but do not meet the above criteria we ask that you attend an in person orientation at the end of the month.

How to become a Heartland Volunteer

1. Complete this application. Fill out completely.

2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation (please see website for orientation times/dates).


Complete an online orientation and assessment (a link with the option to complete online orientation will be emailed to you after submitting your Volunteer Application)

3. After orientation, your account will be activated (please allow 48 hours for processing). Once activated, you will be able to sign in to our Volgistics portal to sign up for mentoring sessions or other volunteer opportunities.

Note - Those who would like to volunteer with dogs must complete at least four mentoring sessions. Those wishing to volunteer with cats will need to schedule one mentoring session.

4. Once training is complete, you can contact volunteer@heartlandanimalshelter.org if you need direction about which shift needs help (recommended) or you can log into the Volgistics portal to see which shifts are available and sign up directly in the portal.

Name and address

Emergency Contact

Please list someone whom we may contact in the event of a emergency.

Demographic Information

Please provide the following information. Only the date of birth and age field is required as there are age limitations on volunteering.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please check all that interest you.

Note - If you are interested in fostering you will also need to fill out a separate Foster Application by cutting and pasting this URL into your browser - https://bit.ly/2XBixV5

Professional Skills

Please list any professional skills that you have that may be helpful to Heartland.

Read and agree to the following

I hereby make application to participate as a volunteer of Heartland Animal Shelter and agree to be governed by the rules and regulations as set forth by the shelter.

As a volunteer of Heartland, I recognize and acknowledge that the behavior of domestic animals is sometimes unpredictable and I agree to assume the full risk of any injuries, including death, damages, or loss which I may sustain as a result of volunteering in any and all activities connected with the Shelter. As a volunteer of Heartland, I recognize and acknowledge that volunteering at an animal shelter can be a very physically demanding task and might bother some people with allergies. While some of these requirements and areas may not apply to me and my specific volunteer opportunity, I understand I might be asked to do the following and understand the risk involved.

-Must be able to run, jog, walk at a fast pace, or backwards if needed. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

-If I suffer from allergies I understand that I might experience some symptoms while at the shelter.

I do thereby fully release and discharge the Heartland Animal Shelter, their officials, directors, supervisors, and employees from any and all claims from injuries, including death, damages or loss which may occur to me on account of my volunteering with the Shelter. I understand that I cannot be covered under Heartland Animal Shelter's insurance and I must have my own health insurance provider.

I give Heartland Animal Shelter authority to seek emergency treatment, if necessary in the event of an accident. I understand that in the event of an accident while performing volunteer services, I will not be covered by State Industrial Insurance (Workman's Compensation) for medical costs. I fully understand that I am responsible for all medical costs in the event of an accident. I understand that because I may handle animals, it is important to have a tetanus vaccination prior to volunteering and to discuss the importance of being vaccinated with my physician. I understand that whatever decision I make is at my own risk and if my vaccination is not current, I release Heartland Animal Shelter from all responsibility and liability in the event of personal injury and any complications as the result of me not pursuing the matter further. Your safety is the primary concern at Heartland Animal Shelter. All volunteers and community service workers MUST read and accept the terms below prior to using any chemicals and/or cleaning agents. Proper chemical and cleaning agent dilution and application are essential to an effective cleaning regiment and necessary for the safety of persons using the chemicals. The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are located by the volunteer sign-in books. The MSDS provide proper dilution ratios, precautions, and proper medical treatment recommendations. I understand the importance of properly using the chemicals and cleaning agents used here at the animal shelter.

I know of no medical or other condition which would prevent me from volunteering at Heartland Animal Shelter. I also understand that I am a volunteer, and cannot represent the shelter in any legal or incident matters.

Checking "I agree" indicates that I have read, understand, and agree to the above and am OVER 18 years of age.


I certify that all information on this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that filling out a volunteer application does not guarantee my acceptance into the volunteer program.