Whether you can volunteer on a regular basis, or just occasionally, we need your help. All you need to do to get started is to fill out a volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientations are held each month on the first Sunday (noon to 1 p.m.) and third Friday (3 to 4 p.m.). Call or stop by the shelter to get your application - or download the application form here - and make sure to RSVP for the orientation (space is limited). Here are some of the ways you can volunteer:
Animal Care Support - These volunteers help to care for the animals at the shelter. Animal Care volunteers help walk dogs, socialize cats and may also assist shelter personnel with bathing, grooming and cleaning. Happy, social animals are easier to find homes for, so these volunteer positions are critical! Anyone can volunteer, but children 15 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Adoption Events - We also need volunteers to help at off-site adoptions events. These volunteers will help load and unload dogs and cats into the shelter van at the event, walk dogs during the event, and talk to prospective adopters about pet ownership. All adoption screening will be done by shelter personnel.
Offsite adoptions are scheduled at Petco in Edwardsville twice each month on Sundays.
Friends of MEHS - This group is instrumental in planning the year's fundraising events. If you are good at organizing events or love to plan parties, this is the group for you! . For more information about the Friends of MEHS, please contact us (618) 656-4405 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Special Events - If you can't commit to a monthly meeting, but would like to help with individual events, please let us know. We have two Trivia Nights, Golf Tournament, and our fall Wag-n-Walk, plus many other events. People are always needed to solicit sponsorships and auction donations, help with publicity, prepare mailings, and write thank you notes. If you would like to help with an event, please contact us at email@example.com.
A copy of the volunteer application may be downloaded HERE.
Completed volunteer applications should be brought to training, not sent by mail or fax.