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.
(See examples of our exceptional volunteers in our Volunteer of the Month page.)
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 rather 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 that you can find the position most suitable for you. So rather you enjoy walking dogs, cuddling kittens, attending events, assisting with adoptions, or even helping out with laundry, we have a place for you!
*Please Note: For safety of our volunteers, staff, and animals, no exceptions can be made to the age limitation policies.
Time Expectations: All regular NHA volunteers are required to commit to serving at least 6 months and for at least 2 hours per month. Consistent, long-term volunteer service offers the most benefit to the shelter animals as well as to fellow volunteers, staff, and potential adopters. Due to the amount of volunteer training required to adhere to all safety and sanitation protocols, our regular volunteer program is not designed for single visits or short-term opportunities. If you are interested in short-term opportunities, please read about our Community Service and Group/Corporate Volunteering
Training Requirements: Our Volunteer Training Process consists of three basic components: an online Orientation, online Animal Behavior Training Modules, and in-person Shadow Days. These are completed after your volunteer application has been reviewed and accepted by NHA. Training for some volunteer positions will vary slightly from this process if they do not require hands-on animal care or if they require a special level of skill and knowledge.
Internet Access Requirement: Our Volunteer Program requires that all volunteers have access to internet and email. Our volunteer site is online and volunteers are required to use this site to apply, complete training, and sign up for their volunteer shifts. Additionally, the primary source of communication with volunteers is through email so volunteers must have access to a functioning email address.
Are you ready to become a member of our dedicated volunteer team? Apply here!
Interested in volunteering with your work colleagues or social organization? 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 that 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!