Running a shelter like the Marion Area Humane Society, and caring for the dogs and cats takes a lot of work. Our shelter depends on volunteers like you to help us keep our shelter running smoothly. There are many ways to volunteer at our shelter. Volunteering ranges from cuddling cats and walking dogs, to cleaning cages, or being an advocate for our shelter by taking a dog to one of our public events. All contribute to our goal of providing homes for homeless dogs and cats. When you walk through our shelter doors and give of your time, you will make a difference in a dog or cat’s life and it will make a difference in yours.



If you are interested in volunteering for any of these jobs, please fill out the application below and view our Volunteer Manual (click here).  For specific questions regarding volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator,  by clicking here!

  • Applicants who wish to help on behalf of MAHS at events , needs to be 16 years or older.
  • Applicants who wish to help on behalf of MAHS at the shelter needs to be 13 years or older.

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Volunteer Orientation

  • All volunteers must attend a brief orientation before they can begin volunteering. Orientations are: Every Wednesday at 5 pm and every third Saturday of each month at 10 am. All orientations are held at the Marion Area Humane Society on Richland Rd. If you are under 18, liability paperwork will need to be signed by your parent/guardian at the orientation.

Release of Liability:

  • In joining the Marion Area Humane Society, as a volunteer, I, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release all rights and claims to damages I may have against MAHS or their Representatives for any injuries suffered by me, or any minors under my supervision, while I am a volunteer at MAHS. I attest that I am physically fit and that my personal health can be verified by a physician. I understand I must abide by the rules of the shelter and that if I consistently disobey MAHS rules I may be asked to cease my work as a volunteer.