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 team members 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 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 team 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.
We are currently looking for these unique high needs: a video team member for the 1st Avenue Dog Video Team, volunteer dog handlers able to take a dog to a twice monthly senior living facility and volunteers to help at special events out in the community.
If you are interested in helping out with these high needs areas, please talk to the Volunteer Department during the New Volunteer Orientation or email email@example.com.
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 541-844-8824 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 541-844-8824 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)
Ruth said her favorite part of volunteering is “Being able to work with the dogs! Knowing that I helped make their day better by taking them out on a walk and just spending time with them makes the long walks in the summer heat or rainy cold days so worth it! Seeing their progress from start until they get adopted is such a fulfilling feeling.” Ruth mentioned that any free time she has goes to volunteering at Greenhill or 1st Avenue.
Outside of Greenhill, Ruth loves photography, spending time with her own cats and dogs (most of the time, annoying them with taking pictures and videos of them), and hiking Spencer’s with her dogs, cats and husband. She shared, “I had a misconception of what shelters were like. Volunteering here has really showed me that, although these dogs and cats are homeless and waiting for their forever homes, they’re waiting for them in a loving place where the staff and volunteers genuinely care and love them. Shelters are not the scary place I thought they were where dogs are cooped up and sad! Quite the opposite here at Greenhill and First Avenue. It’s also taught me not to judge a dog “by its cover” aka appearance. The big slobbery dog is a big gentle giant a lot of the time!”
Ruth was raised here in Eugene and continues to love the area. “I case manage younger disabled adults and help create plans for them to stay safely and happily at home. I love to travel with my family and see new places but not as much as I love coming home to my fur babies!”