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Butte Humane Society Volunteer Program - Getting Started

Saving lives.  Finding homes.  Inspiring compassion.

We need you! Volunteering at the Butte Humane Society can be a very rewarding experience. As a volunteer, you are helping our animals tremendously by playing & socializing them to find their perfect forever home. Seven days a week, 365 days per year, our dogs need to be walked and our cats need love and attention. It’s important for their health, well being and for their socialization as they wait for forever homes.

If you would like to volunteer please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Fill out the volunteer application – Butte Humane Society Volunteer Application

Step 2: Sign up for a Volunteer Orientation – you will receive an email after filling out the application on when the next Volunteer Orientations are and to purchase your Volunteer Shirt ($15) – sign up quick because spaces go fast!

Step 3: Volunteer & HAVE FUN! After attending the orientation you are now certified to help us!


Volunteer FAQs

What types of volunteer opportunities are available at BHS?

-From Dogs to Cats, to laundry and dishes – we offer a variety of opportunities at BHS to help keep everything running.  Our shelter runs 365 days of the year and we always need help keeping it up!  You can help walking, socializing & adopting our dogs or playing, socializing & cleaning the kitty areas.  As well the nitty gritty jobs of laundry, dishes, or gardening and the offsite jobs at mobile adoption sites or special events.  We have something for everyone!  If you are interested in an Internship, please visit our Job & Internship page to find out more!

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

-Due to liability we require all volunteers to be 16 years and older

Volunteers who are 16-17 years old must have their parent/guardian attend the Volunteer Orientation with them and sign the release form provided by Butte Humane Society before volunteering.


What can I do if I am under 16 years old?

-Due to liability we cannot have anyone under 16 years old volunteer with Butte Humane Society onsite.

However, there are plenty of other ways you can help BHS outside of the shelter:

*Wish List - BHS is always in need of supplies, you can start your own wish list drive for BHS with your school, friends or community. Please find our wish list here.

*Make Posters - BHS always needs help with promotions!  You can help make super colorful signs for our upcoming special events and adoption sites.

*Make Snuggly Blankets - Our pets like to snuggle too – so how about helping make them something to snuggle with.  These super easy tie-blankets are great for our animals!

*Become a Humane Hero! - Butte Humane Society’s HUMANE HERO program is designed to get kids aged 6-12 involved with the animals at Butte Humane Society in a fun and educational way.


Is there a cost to volunteer?

-All volunteers must pay a one-time fee of $15 which includes your Volunteer Butte Humane Society t-shirt. 


Is there a time commitment?

-We know everyone has busy schedules, but we require at least 6 hours of volunteer service a month to stay active in the program.


How can my group volunteer?

-We have special projects set up for groups – please email our Volunteer Manager for further information –


Can I volunteer to satisfy required community service hours?

-At this time we do not offer volunteer opportunities to fulfill community service hours.  Please check with the City of Chico Animal Services


I have volunteered with another rescue organization; do I still need to go through the BHS Volunteer Process?

-Yes.  Our rescue is not affiliated with any other rescue in California and should you like to volunteer with BHS you must go through our Volunteer Process.


I have volunteered with BHS in the past, do I still need to go through the Volunteer Process?

-Yes.  If it has been more than six months since you last volunteered, you will need to come back through the Orientation, as a lot of policies & procedures have changed.  Should you have any questions, please email


Additional Questions?

Contact our Volunteer Manager at