Volunteer Services

Volunteer For Us

**Please note, orientations will briefly be suspended as we look to find a Volunteer Coordinator.**

Thank you for your interest in exploring volunteer opportunities at the Western PA Humane Society! We are looking for dedicated and compassionate individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals and who have the time and energy to devote to our shelter residents.

There are multiple types of volunteer opportunities with the Western PA Humane Society. Please review the information below to find the purr-fect fit for you!

Animal Handling Volunteer Opportunities

In order to give you a better idea of what volunteers do here at our shelter, we encourage you to come to our shelter and observe volunteer interaction with our animals so that you can make an informed decision about volunteering at the Western PA Humane Society.

Check out our Volunteer Requirements to see if you are eligible for volunteering!  If you are, please read the Educational 101 on the animal you wish to work with and then complete the “quiz” that accompanies that animal.  The “quiz” serves as your application and available orientation dates are listed there.

Click here to sign up!


North Shore
1101 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15233
(412) 321-4625

Non-animal Handling Volunteer Opportunities

Community Service

Effective Saturday November 1, 2014, the WPHS will no longer accept Community Service volunteers. 

Single Day Of Service

The WPHS welcomes families and groups of volunteers for Single Day of Service volunteering. Although we do not offer Dog Walking, Cat Cuddling, or Bunny Buddying to one-time volunteers, we provide enjoyable projects that benefit our shelter animals and are great opportunities for groups of animal-loving volunteers! Click here to schedule a Single Day of Service opportunity.

Helpful Hands

The WPHS greatly appreciates volunteers who prefer to dedicate their skills and expertise in ways that do not involve animal handling and offer Helpful Hands Volunteer Program Clerical, fund-raising, gift wrapping (seasonal), grounds-keeping, shelter maintenance, cleaning, event staffing, data entry, surgical instrument sanitizing, retail store help, greeting visitors -- all of these volunteer positions make a huge difference in the lives of our animals and our staff. Click here to sign up!

Gift Wrapping

Interested in volunteering at our annual holiday gift wrapping fundraiser? We need volunteers to help wrap gifts at The Mall at Robinson. Mall customers give donations to our shelter pets in exchange for having their gift wrapped. You can see the shifts by clicking here.