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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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The Nonprofit Association of Oregon
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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
Cindy McLaren 
For Volunteer of the Month Cindy McLaren, getting to spend time with the shelter cats and dogs is like having grandchildren. She gets to focus her energy on having all the fun playing with the animals and giving them love without the day-to-day responsibility.
A dog walker and cattery cleaner, Cindy often comes out with her son, Vance, who enjoys being a cattery companion. The pair spends time at both shelters, spreading the love, and then often makes a day of it by going out to lunch afterward. Each of them have their niche but enjoy getting to work near each other and make a difference at the same time.
“I like the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a shift of dishes and laundry and the room is all clean (for about 5 minutes)! I really like interacting with the dogs and helping them become more adoptable. It’s so much fun when they relax and roll on their backs in the grass and play with you,” Cindy said.
Since she is retired now, she is sharing her time between several different pursuits. Cindy is also a volunteer with the Master Food Preserver Program and spends time learning to prepare and preserve food. One of her recent accomplishments was canning tuna, which is pretty good for someone who has “never been much of a cook”. Cindy also likes to read, walk and go camping. Each year Vance and Cindy take a train to San Francisco to visit her sisters and travel to Yosemite. It has been a 20-year tradition that never seems to get old.
In between all the traveling and hobbies, Cindy and Vance make time for the shelters. Cindy said spending time with dogs is something she has always wanted to do when she had the time.“Working at 1st Avenue has given me the opportunity to work with dogs and learn more about handling them. It is so rewarding to be able to make a difference, plus I get a lot of exercise!”

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