Volunteering at NHA
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Nashville Humane Association (NHA)! Hundreds of individuals, passionate about helping homeless animals, make it possible for us to care for and adopt out more than 3,300 animals each year, and we are grateful for their dedication and assistance.
Volunteers are essential members of our family here at Nashville Humane and if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, or learning more about our volunteer program, we encourage you to Apply Here!
- Already a Volunteer? Login Here
- Interested in becoming a volunteer at NHA?
- Interested in completing community service hours at NHA? Apply here!
- Interested in volunteering as a group or office? Apply here!
Guidelines and Requirements
We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to include volunteers in every step of the rescue, sheltering, and adoption process. At NHA, you can volunteer to do almost anything, whether it be hands-on animal care or administrative work! Our Volunteer Program is broken into the following 5 Volunteer Teams to allow volunteers to focus on the area or areas that they are most passionate about: Dog Care Team, Cat Care Team, Community Outreach Team, Pet Services Team, and Shelter Operations Team. Each Team has various positions within it, so you can find the position most suitable for you. So whether you enjoy walking dogs, cuddling kittens, attending events, assisting with adoptions, or even helping out with laundry, we have a place for you!
Group / Corporate Volunteering
Interested in volunteering with your social organization or work colleagues? We offer two opportunities for this – Group Volunteering and Corporate Volunteering. Both are offered only on weekdays during our business hours (10am-5pm) and require that you apply at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the date you wish to volunteer, so we can plan accordingly. Below are further details on each opportunity.
Do you and your friends, team, or office want to participate in a Group or Corporate Volunteer Day? Apply here!
Community Service Volunteering
NHA does accept short-term volunteers who are needing to complete service hours for school, court-mandated, or other organizational purposes. These volunteers are limited to serving in general shelter maintenance roles and are not permitted to work directly with the animals while completing their service hours. However, community service volunteers who wish to continue volunteering after they have completed their service requirement are able to train to become a regular volunteer at that time! NHA is only able to accept community service volunteers planning to complete 40 or more service hours.
Want to complete your community service hours at NHA? Apply here!