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8495 State Route 143 Edwardsville, IL 62025 | (618) 656-4405 | info@mehs.org 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30 am to 5 pm | Sunday 11:30 am to 3 pm


Volunteer at MEHS

Anyone can volunteer, but children 15 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. When you volunteer at MEHS, you can help walk dogs, socialize cats, or assist shelter personnel with bathing, grooming, and cleaning. Happy, healthy, socialized animals are more adaptable, so these volunteer positions are critical!


All you need to do to get started at MEHS 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 and make sure to RSVP for the orientation (space is limited). 

Download the volunteer application below. Please bring completed volunteer forms with you to training. Do not mail or fax them to the shelter.


Orientations are limited, so register now! 

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.



Special Events 

If you can't commit to a monthly meeting, but would like to help with individual events, please let us know. Events include Woofstock, Rock and Roll Bingo, and many fundraisers throughout the year. 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 donate@mehs.org