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Greenhill Humane Society
Friday - Tuesday
1st Avenue Shelter
Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm
Current Volunteers - please click here to sign in to your account.
Do you have love to spare?
All of our volunteers share three things:
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).
Find ways to help Greenhill:
• If you are 16 years or older
Greenhill's Volunteer and Foster Newsletter
Vern is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of all. Since starting to volunteer last year, Vern has dedicated over 170 hours to the dogs at our shelter—cleaning kennels, walking dogs, washing dishes/laundry, and helping transport animals for surgery. For Vern, volunteering is definitely a labor of love. “I am in heaven on the rare occasion I am at the shelter at just the right time and I get to see one of the dogs I have been caring for leave for their forever home with their new families,” he expressed. “I love seeing how happy both the dog and the people are when they get their picture taken together for the first time out front.”
Vern spends his Sunday mornings at our 1st Ave location volunteering as a kennel care assistant. The mornings are usually bustling with cleaning, refilling water, and getting the dogs’ kennels setup for the rest of the day.
“My favorite thing is seeing a dog I have spent the time to befriend recognize me when I walk in to the kennels and start wagging their tail,” he recollected. “I enjoy picking out toys for dogs, and making up nice comfortable beds for them. Getting to know the dogs individually and what toys they enjoy and what things make them feel comfortable and safe is very rewarding.”
On the weekend, Vern helps the photo team take picture perfect portraits that display the animals’ quirky, fun personalities. “I really enjoy working on the photo team and finding something special about each dog that we can photograph—maybe a funny look, or a special trick that we can coax out of them.”
When he isn’t volunteering at the shelter, Vern spends time with “the love of his life,” Stacy, their two cats Sam and Marvin, and their two dogs, Skyler and Gremlin. If it already wasn’t a full house, Vern and Stacy also make room for a few chickens and rooster named Fezzik. A Springfield-area native, Vern loves hiking with his dogs, reading comic books, and playing video games. He recently turned the back of the house into a lapidary room, cutting and polishing semi-precious stones.
“Me a year ago wouldn’t recognize me today,” he shared. “I’ve made so many friends and met so many amazing people over the last 9 months. I’ve learned how rewarding volunteer work can be. I look forward to every single shift I do at the shelter, and look forward to seeing the friends I’ve made. I’ve learned how to be a better listener, be more patient, and have found a quiet calm inside of me that I didn’t know existed. Volunteering has made me a much better version of myself.”
Thank you, Vern, for your dedication to helping our dogs feel safe, loved, and cared for.
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