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 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.
NOTE: 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.
To learn more about our volunteer team positions, please click here for a complete list of those available or view some select opportunities below!
In order to provide the best possible care for our animals, volunteers are
required 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.
Do you want to run with a shelter dog so that they can get some exercise, let some energy out and have some fun? We’re recruiting for our Dog Running Program at Greenhill! We’re looking for potential volunteers who can run at least 3 miles at a time, are able to commit at least a couple hours a week to running dogs and who can control a 60+ pound dog. We’ll provide you with the training but would prefer to have runners who have at least done some dog running in the past with their own dogs or other shelter dogs. 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.
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)
Meet Katie- our Volunteer of the Month for March! Katie has been an active volunteer since November 2012 and has given over 670 hours of her time to the dogs at both Greenhill and 1st Avenue! Not only is she an awesome and devoted kennel team leader, she has also served as a Volunteer Committee Representative and has helped out at many special events in our community. Katie brings her joyful and lighthearted spirit every time we see her! She also has a knack for helping other volunteers, staff and all the animals feel right at home when she’s around.
Katie is currently a part of the Dog Enrichment Program at 1st Avenue. She is also a team leader and helps with any extra needed tasks, including folding the laundry “when the pile is threatening to take over the building” she said. She also spends time walking dogs at Greenhill every week. When asked what her favorite parts of volunteering are, she replied, “Yikes – so many. I just want to try and make the dogs’ lives a little better until they go to their forever homes. And in doing so it makes my life better….we all benefit from kindness. And they have so many lessons to teach me. While I’m struggling with a dog to get her to ‘settle’, she’s teaching me patience. While I’m throwing him a toy in the yard, he’s teaching me to be a kid again. When I sit in the kennel with a dog new to the kennel, stroking them or just sitting there I get to pour a whole lotta love out of me and toward them.”
Outside of Greenhill, Katie said, “Twice a week I teach traditional/contemporary African and Haitian dance – my motto is “Live to Dance, Dance to Live”. I’m a beekeeper with 3 hives, garden extensively, and love hiking and exploring new landscapes. Oh and reading…read, read, read. Did I mention just hanging out with my aging dog and cat, Tzu Tzu and Sam. And of course spending time with my wonderful partner of 35 yrs. – Mr. Randy.” Katie also volunteers through Lane County Beekeepers Association where she mentors new beekeepers in their apprenticeship program.
When asked what she’s learned from volunteering at Greenhill, she replied, “I’ve learned to let go of my expectations when working with the dogs. Just like humans they are all individuals with different needs and sensitivities and I have to adjust my training methods to accommodate these differences. I really have to pay attention to nonverbal queues that the dogs give me. Each dog is a learning experience for both me and the dog. Like most people I don’t spend my days living in the moment. But when I ‘m walking or working with a dog I have to be fully present right now.”
Some things we bet you didn’t know about Katie: “I moved to Eugene in 1978 after living in New Zealand for a few years. Wow – it’s almost 40 years later and I am firmly rooted here. I am a licensed tax consultant (getting ready to retire…yippee!) and my partner is a furniture builder. We live on 8 acres (4 in blackberry) where I garden, keep bees, take care of 2 feral cats, just hang out and come of up with lots of reasons why I can’t leave home.”