Volunteers help us reunite lost pets, provide education, and care for and enrich the lives of our temporary residents.


Volunteers are an integral part of day-to-day operations at the Nebraska Humane Society. Our 10,000-plus annual adoptions could not happen without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help us reunite lost pets, provide education, and care for and enrich the lives of our temporary residents. Your help becomes hope!

You’re invited to join the team and make a difference in the lives of the animals and the people who love them.

Volunteer Guidelines

  • Our minimum age for volunteering is 17.
  • We ask that you commit to at least eight hours per month.
  • Please plan on volunteering for at least 6 months.
  • If this sounds like the “job” for you, you’ll need to attend a volunteer orientation and the subsequent training day.


  1. Download an application: Click here for the general volunteering application » or here for the foster care application »
  2. Attend our next volunteer orientation day and the subsequent training day (see below).
  3. Schedule an interview with our volunteer coordinator to help you decide which opportunity is right for you.
  4. Start the fun by shadowing a seasoned volunteer.

Our next orientation/training session:

  • Orientation: Saturday, January 9, 2016,  2 to 4 p.m.
  • Training: Saturday, January 16, 2016,  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • All orientation/training sessions are held on consecutive Saturdays in the auditorium of the Lied Humane Center, which is the main building on the NHS campus.

Volunteer opportunities

Canine Companion: Work with dogs and puppies to walk, enrich, and work on behavior and training.

Animal Caregiver: Clean, feed and care for cats, dogs and critters.

Cat Iso: Work to rehabilitate and enrich sick kitties.

Adoption Guide: You are the Q-and-A person in the kennels offering information on the dogs so potential adopters can more easily choose who to meet.

Adoption Counselor: Be a matchmaker by working one-on-one with a family to meet and take home the best pet for them.

Pet Photographer/Handler: Help get animals adopted by taking photos, or helping our volunteer photographers handle and “pose” adoptable pets.

Biographer: Help animals get adopted by writing short web “bios” about those up for adoption.

Mobile Outreach: Assist in the adoption of animals at PetSmart and on the PAW.

Humane Education: Work with our humane educators to facilitate programs for young pet lovers.

Surgery Assistant: Help the medical team prepare animals for surgery and monitor their recovery.

Guardian Angel Foster Care Provider: Want to care for babies, fragile, scared or recovering animals in the calm of your home? Learn more about foster care opportunities »

Lost and Found: Help reunite lost pets with their families.

Information Desk: Front and center in the lobby. How do I adopt? Where are the dogs? You’ll greet guests and help guide them around the shelter.

Training Class Assistant: With additional training, you can assist our trainers as they work with classes to make good dog citizens.

Animal Outfitters: Help new adopters pick out fun toys or needed supplies. *The register is computerized, so familiarity with computers is required.

Horse Help: Interested in helping our rescued horses? Read more about the Star Equine Rehabilitation Program here »

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please email szachary@nehumanesociety.org or call 402-444-7800, ext. 2222.

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