Below is everything you need to know about becoming a volunteer at DHA!

Volunteer Requirements

What is the Required Time Commitment?

Volunteers are needed at our animal care and adoption center seven days a week, including early evenings and weekends, as well as at our satellite cat adoption centers and at off-site events. Schedules are flexible and opportunities vary, but all require a sincere commitment to meeting the needs of the organization.

We ask that our volunteers make a commitment to the animals of 8 hours each month for a period of 6 months. Volunteers begin as Level 1 Entry Volunteers and must complete 8 hours at this level before being eligible to move to another level. An experienced, dedicated volunteer base makes all the difference to the animals in our shelter!

What is the Minimum Age Requirement?

Volunteers must be 18 years old to volunteer independently. Volunteers ages 14 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and the volunteer application must be completed by said parent/guardian.

Getting Started

How Do I Get Started?

Volunteer positions are open to qualified applicants who can make an ongoing dedication of time to our animals. Please note that we may not currently be recruiting for all of the positions listed, and it may take up to two weeks to be properly orientated and trained before you can volunteer in your area of interest. The first steps toward getting started as a volunteer at DHA are:

  1. You must complete an online Volunteer Application and Volunteer Agreement/Liability Waiver. 
  2. Once we receive your application it will be reviewed. If your interest, qualifications and availability match our current needs you will be invited to attend volunteer orientation.
  3. At the orientation, you will be provided with an overview of our programs and volunteer opportunities. You will also receive a volunteer orientation handbook and all the necessary paperwork to get started.
  4. Following orientation, you will be informed of training options, dates and times. You can sign up for a training session in your area of interest. Training is scheduled by appointment and is held regularly at the shelter.

Please note: Our Volunteer Opportunities are currently being updated! They can be found listed at the link below or viewed in a PDF here.

Can I Start Volunteering Tomorrow?

We appreciate the enthusiasm of our volunteer applicants but it does take some time and training to become a DHA volunteer. If your application matches our needs, you will be contacted and invited to complete orientation and training when we have a need for new volunteers in your area of interest. Remember, it can take some time to become a volunteer, but we are certain you will find the training you receive with us to be a valuable addition to your skills.

Group Opportunities

Are There Volunteer Opportunities for Groups?

Delaware Humane invites groups of volunteers to participate in community volunteering and community projects. All community volunteering or group efforts need to be scheduled in advance. Various projects are available and various group sizes can be accommodated. Corporate, school, and scout groups are welcome.

If you have questions about group volunteering or would like to schedule a group  volunteer event, please contact Keith Hassett at or (302) 571-8171, ext. 313.

Student and Scout Service

If you are a student or a scout and are looking for ways to help Delaware Humane Association, but need some ideas, we are here to help! There are several ways you can help our shelter and your contribution will make a big difference in the lives of the cats and dogs at Delaware Humane.  Feel free to use one of our ideas below or create your own.  If you are under 18 years old, please check with a parent, guardian, or adult supervisor before starting your efforts.

Organize a Donation Drive
Shelter Donations

Delaware Humane Association is always in need of supplies for our shelter operations. You can organize a drive to collect items from our wish list through your school, neighborhood, church or scout organization.

Food Pantry Donations

All of our shelter pets are on a specific diet but if you would like to collect various food brands, they can be used to help families in need with pets. Delaware Humane Association’s pet food pantry relies on donations from the public. All pet food brands are accepted as well as cat litter and pet treats.

Organize a Fundraiser

Raising funds for Delaware Humane can be fun and easy! No amount raised is too small! Do you have a fundraising idea that you would like to try?  If not, try one of the ideas below:

  • Bake and sell dog and cat biscuits – There are many recipes online and you can sell them to friends and family.
  • Hold a bake sale or a lemonade stand – Choose a public place (make sure you get approval) and sell home baked goodies.
  • Organize a car wash – Where the funds will be used for homeless animals. You can work on obtaining a location, making signs, and advertise.
  • Hold a Spirit Day – Your school or organization can collect money from participants on special hat day or pajama day.  Participants can donate a dollar for DHA on your designated spirit day.
  • Hold a penny or coin drive – Organize a campaign in your school or group for everyone to bring in their loose change.

Can I Complete My Community Service?

At this time, we are not able to accept volunteers with mandatory court ordered service requirements or community service requirements for school. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Keith Hassett at or (302) 571-8171, ext. 313.

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