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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
|April marks the anniversary of the 15th year that Volunteer of the Month Barbara Ray has helped in the Greenhill Small Animal Room. Countless rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters and chinchillas have benefited from her diligent care. Putting in an average of 80+ hours a month (over 1,000 per year) there is no question her dedication and extensive knowledge guarantees from the time small animals enter Greenhill to the time they hop off with their new adopters they are in good hands.
“My favorite aspects of volunteering are educating people about the small animals and introducing people to the unusual and interesting features of small animals that are so very different from dogs and cats (such as herbivore diet and teeth that grow all the time),” she said.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Barbara moved to Oregon in 1971 and worked as a teacher and in senior and disabled services until her retirement. She added her very first pet rabbit in 1995. Since then it has been an adventure in learning more for both her and her husband.
“When I started volunteering here I only knew care information about rabbits and soon studied and learned about guinea pigs, rats, hamsters and chinchillas,” she said. “I have learned that an organization like Greenhill attracts people who love animals and want to choose an animal that will be a treasured member of their family. It is so encouraging to meet people who are so dedicated to adopting rather than just buying an animal.”
Barbara manages and is integral in every aspect of the Small Animal Room, from training new volunteers to taking in new rabbits and fostering them at home while they recover from spay/neuter surgery. She writes the information posted on each animal for the website, grooms, meets with adopters, provides pre-adoption education classes and makes sure the supply bins stay supplied.
Though she doesn’t often get away from the small animal world for long, she is also an avid figure skating fan and travels to competitions each year.