Volunteer at MEHS

Due to COVID-19 protocols, volunteer orientations are not being held currently. Check back to learn more once MEHS is able to reopen to the public!

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!


Once we are safely able to allow volunteers back into our facility, orientations will be 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 RSVP for the orientation (space is limited). 

To become a volunteer:

Step 1. Contact MEHS at 618-656-4405 to  a volunteer orientation. 

Step 2. Fill out the volunteer application for every person attending below.

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 developmentmgr@mehs.org


Already a Volunteer?

Access your Volgistics volunteer account below. 




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

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11:30 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 11:30 AM to 3 PM | Adoptions by appointment