Almost Home Humane Society is currently closed due to COVID-19. For the safety of our Staff, Animals, and General Public we will be closed until April 29, 2020 for adoptions. We will reopen on April 30, 2020. If you are looking for a lost pet or a Return to Owner via Animal Control (ACO), please ring the doorbell and someone will assist you during our regularly scheduled hours. We will begin doing adoptions by appointment on Saturday, April 4th. If you are interested in adopting, please view our adoptable animals and submit an application through the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63JFB7G If your application is approved, you will be contacted to schedule a visitation.
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Volunteer Program

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Almost Home’s volunteers are a vital part of our organization and help us in a variety of ways. Volunteers can assist with many different tasks such as walking dogs, cleaning kennels, or helping with offsite events. Our volunteers allow us to provide a better quality of life for our animals while they wait to find their forever home. Will you help us care for the homeless pets in our community? 


Volunteer Requirements


Individuals: Individuals 16 years or older must submit a volunteer application and attend an orientation session before volunteering.

Children: Children 13-15 years of age are welcome to volunteer with a parent or legal guardian. Both the child and the parent must submit a volunteer application and attend an orientation session before volunteering. Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering at Almost Home Humane Society. 

Groups/Clubs: Those seeking options for groups to volunteer can email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@almosthomehumane.org. Groups of up to 12 people can volunteer on a regular basis or for a one-time event. 

Court-Ordered Community Service: Almost Home accepts court-ordered community service for some offenses. To apply for this program applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be available between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Visit Almost Home at 1705 S. 2nd St. in Lafayette for an application or email volunteer@almosthomehumane.org


Volunteer Applications

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete the volunteer application. Applications may be dropped off at the shelter or emailed to volunteer@almosthomehumane.org. Once your application has been approved, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator to attend an orientation session.

Please note: all adult volunteers are subject to a background check and acceptance into the volunteer program is dependent upon the results of the criminal background check.

For more information about volunteering and how you can help the homeless pets of AHHS contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@almosthomehumane.org.


Volunteer Positions


Dog Area

Dog Kennel Assistant - 8:30am-6:00pm Tues-Fri, 8:30am-4:00pm Sat-Mon, 8:30am-12:00 pm Sun 

Assist in:

  • Daily cleaning of kennels in Puppy Room, Adoptable Dogs, and Stray Dogs 

  • Feeding dogs according to feeding protocol

  • Washing dishes, operating laundry machines, taking out trash

  • Other tasks as assigned

 Dog Enrichment Specialist and Socializer - 8:30am-6:00pm Tues-Fri, 8:30am-4:00pm Sat-Mon, 8:30am-12:00pm Sun

Assist in:

  • Ensure enrichment freezers are stocked with various toys

  • Maintain cleanliness of “treat cups” and refill as needed

  • Distribute appropriate toys and enrichments to all dogs 

  • Other tasks as assigned

 Dog Walker - 8:30am-6:00pm Tues-Fri, 8:30am-4:00 pm Sat-Mon, 8:30am-12:00pm Sun

Assist in:

  • Walking dogs in Adoptable Dog and Puppy Room areas 

  • Maintain records of dog walks and relay behavioral information to staff

  • Report to abnormal behavior or illness to staff

  • Other tasks as assigned


Cat Area

Cat Kennel Assistant - 8:30am-6:00pm Tues-Fri, 8:30am-4:00pm Sat-Mon, 8:30am-12:00pm Sun

Assist in:        

  • Daily cleaning of cat crates and uprights in ED Room, Offsites, and Happy Cat areas

  • Feeding cats according to feeding protocol

  • Washing dishes and litter pans, operating laundry machines, taking out trash

  • Other tasks as assigned

 Cat Enrichment Specialist - 8:30am-6:00pm Tues-Fri, 8:30am-4:00pm Sat-Mon, 8:30am-12:00pm

Assist in:

  • Distributing appropriate toys and enrichment items to all cats

  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization of cat enrichment corner

  • Other tasks as assigned

Cat Socializer - 8:30am-6:00pm Tues-Fri, 8:30am-4:00pm Sat-Mon, 8:30am-12:00pm Sun

Assist in:

  • Socializing and interacting with various cats in the visitation room

  • Maintaining records of individual cat’s personality and play style

  • Other tasks as assigned

Cat Refeeding Assistant - Available 5:00pm Tues-Fri and 3:00pm Sat

Assist In: 

  • Feeding cats according to feeding protocol

  • Refilling cat water dishes

  • Other tasks as assigned


Other Opportunities

Shelter Greeter -  Available 12:00-6:00pm Tues-Fri and 12:00-4:00pm Sat

Assist front desk staff with greeting guests, making sure they sign-in and submit a waiver, and direct customers to proper places to visit the animals.

 Facilities/Upkeep - Available 8:30am-6:00pm Tues-Fri and 8:30am-4:00pm Sat-Mon

Assist with the general cleaning and maintenance of the shelter, including, but not limited to, laundry, cleaning, painting, yard work, and landscaping.

 Special Events - Availability Varies

Assist with events both off and on-site. Tasks may include set-up/tear-down, loading/unloading of animals, crowd control, etc.