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Greenhill Humane Society
88530 Green Hill Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402

(541) 689-1503

Friday - Tuesday
11am - 6pm
Closed Wed. & Thurs.

1st Avenue Shelter
3970 W. 1st Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402

(541) 844-1777

Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 5:30pm
Closed Sun. & Mon.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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:
you can be a cattery volunteer!
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 opportunities 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 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

Volunteer Spotlight
October 2015
Emily Valek

Emily Valek, a California native, has been volunteering at 1st Ave and Greenhill since the beginning of the year. Right now, she primarily volunteers in the Surgical Suite—sanitizing instruments, helping monitor animals as they recover from surgery, cleaning, and cuddling with Nelly, Dr. Gwen's Chihuahua. Emily has also been a dedicated volunteer in our Cattery and Kennel, helping out with any task that needs to be done.

What makes it worthwhile for Emily? “Helping cats and dogs find their forever home, of course,” she said. “I also like helping the staff and getting to know them and the other volunteers. I really enjoy my time in the surgical suite, where I am always learning something new about animal healthcare and sometimes even get to watch surgeries or other procedures.”

Emily is no stranger to what it takes to volunteer at an animal shelter. Her impact has stretched all across Oregon. In the past, she volunteered with Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center in Roseburg, SafeHaven Humane Society in Albany, and Green Acres Farm Sanctuary in Silverton.

When she is not spending time volunteering with the animals, Emily enjoys crocheting, thrifting, and snuggling up to a good mystery or science-fiction book or watching TV with her 9-year-old Calico cat, Ginger. When they get a chance, her and her partner James like to go to the coast and relax. But helping animals is what Emily is really passionate about.

“Mainly I've come to the conclusion that working with animals is really what I want to do with my life,” she said. “I love volunteering, but I would also love to do something like this for a living. I am planning on looking for work as a veterinary assistant, and have even thought about going back to school to become a veterinary technician.”

Thank you, Emily, for creating such a positive, clean, and loving environment for all our animals to enjoy.

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