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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 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

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) 



Volunteer Spotlight
Mike White
  Several mornings a week Mike White wakes up and heads to the 1st Avenue cattery to help staff get the main floor ready for the day. It’s not glamorous work but he knows the importance of it so he is happy to help.

  “I really like being part of a team that assures that the critters have a safe, healthy and comfortable environment. When the population is low in the cattery, as has been the case lately, I can spend more time with each one. I like that a lot,” Mike said. “By volunteering at Greenhill I've learned that the need for compassionate care for these critters is much greater than I ever imagined. I've also learned about the amazing number of people who are willing to provide that care,” he said.
  Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mike’s family moved around every couple of years. His dad was a fisheries biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service assigned to various Federal fish hatcheries throughout the country. Mike went to high school and college in Minnesota. After college, he moved to Park City, Utah where he tended bar for a couple of years. Then he moved down the hill to Salt Lake City where he worked as a community organizer.
  “During my college years I had traveled through Eugene several times and really liked it. So in 1976 I moved here and started working in affordable housing. After all those years of moving, I finally found a home,” he said.
  When he is not helping in the cattery, or transporting animals from one shelter to the other, Mike and his wife, Katy, like to stay at the coast in a small town just north of Lincoln City called Neskowin. He also gardens, walks and goes to the Y a few times a week, in addition to reading and playing the guitar.
  Mike is also on the board for a non-profit called Housing Plus, which just received 501c3 certification and will be raising money to provide additional services for people who live in subsidized housing. “I'm also in a monthly poker group. I guess that qualifies as a non-profit (for me),” he said.



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