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Do you have love to spare?
Volunteers are the foundation of Greenhill Humane Society, and animal enthusiasts just like you make up our volunteer force. Each month, over 350 volunteers from Lane and surrounding counties donate their time to helping the animals at our Green Hill Road and 1st Avenue Shelters. Without our volunteers, Greenhill could not provide its current high level of service to the animals and people of our community.
All of our volunteers share three things:
1) Compassion and responsibility for all animals
2) Consistency and reliability to help us care for our animals
3) Commitment to reducing animal overpopulation
We have exciting volunteer opportunties available at both of our shelter locations 7-days a week. Our shelters are located at:
Greenhill Humane Society - 88530 Green Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97402
1st Avenue Shelter -3970 W 1st Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402
To learn more about available volunteer positions, please click here. In order to provide the best possible care for our animals, volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering for one 2-hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 or 6 months. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to volunteer on-site but can find lots of fun ways to help our animals by visiting our Cub's Corner page.
To get started as a Greenhill volunteer, please complete our online volunteer application by clicking here. Once we have received your application, we will contact you to schedule you for an upcoming New Volunteer Meeting & Orientation Session (please check your e-mail for more information on signing up for a session). Please complete a separate application for all individuals who will be volunteering. (If you would like to become a foster parent, please complete the online foster care application on the foster care page).
Individuals who are required to complete court-mandated community service hours can apply to complete their service hours at Greenhill Humane Society or the 1st Avenue Shelter through our Court-Mandated Community Service Program. Please contact 541-689-1503 ext. 114 for more information on how to apply. Individuals required to complete court-mandated community service program should not complete the online volunteer application. For more information about volunteering with Greenhill or if you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail us at 541-689-1503 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Find ways to help Greenhill:
• If you are 16 years or older
• If you are between 12 – 15 years old
• If you are part of a community or corporate volunteer group
• Foster Care Volunteering
• Court mandated community service
• Cub’s Corner (under 12 years of age)
Greenhill's Volunteer and Foster Newsletter
|With her wit and her willingness to jump in and help, Volunteer of the Month Ma’Carry Cairo provides some much needed relief for the front office staff at 1st Avenue.
Ma’Carry says she enjoys contributing to a positive, enjoyable atmosphere in the office. Though she won’t do “crafts” she will answer phones, greet customers, stock dry pet food, recycle paper and refill the candy bowl. She likes that she is always learning new skills to use and her work helps both the two-legged and four-legged.
“Seeing animals reclaimed by their owners and seeing unclaimed shelter animals go to new homes,” Ma’Carry lists as a highlight, along with “being able to comfort and help people who have lost their pets by listening to them and offering suggestions.”
Ma’Carry, a former City of Eugene Public Works employee for 26 and a half years, also spends her retirement time volunteering as a Master Gardner. She enjoys “adaptive gardening” helping to teach people to garden “smarter not harder” and is the proud owner of a pesticide-free yard of her own. Along with her husband, Jim, and her Greenhill graduate kitty, Claudette, (who was a shelter resident for a year and a half) the family loves to jump in the RV and travel. Claudette watches the changing scenery and walks about on her harness at the campsites.
When in town, though, Ma’Carry comes a couple times a week to 1st Avenue. She said the shelter has shed light on some new things and changed her mind about some others.
“I was aware of the feral cat problem but unaware of the difficulty reuniting lost cats with their owners. I did not realize how important micro-chipping a pet was until I learned the high success rate of reuniting micro-chipped pets with their owners,” she said. “The employees and volunteers make an animal’s stay here as comfortable as possible and really care about all the animals. The efforts made to modify the behavior of previously un-adoptable dogs and the medical care given to all the animals is commendable.”