Help those who cannot help themselves

Our volunteers are a critical part of our programs and our success. The volunteers at our shelter work directly with the animals. The Shelter started offering Volunteer Orientation in 2013. In 2015, we made volunteer orientation mandatory for all volunteers. Volunteer orientation is held every Saturday at the Shelter at 11am and or Sunday’s at 1:45pm. This will allow the shelter and local school district to better track hours for those volunteering. Our volunteers also assist us in continuing our educational presentations in local schools and our pet therapy programs in area nursing homes. It is impossible to express how important these volunteers are to our continued work. Please call 330-453-5529 to schedule your orientation! You may sign up for volunteer hours the day of orientation or call at a later date if needed.

We have many volunteers that come in the shelter to walk the dogs, spend time one on one with the cats, bathe puppies, or simply give the animals in the shelter extra love and attention. Some of these volunteers come in for an hour, others spend all day; what extra time they have they give to the pets of the Stark County Humane Society.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must have their parent/legal guardian sign a waiver prior to volunteering. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian while volunteering at the shelter.

The shelter has many day-to-day volunteers and group volunteers. Due to COVID-19 all-volunteer opportunities within the Shelter have been on a schedule base only. Volunteers are currently welcome into the Shelter Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. We have reopened our Nursing Home visits and Community Educational visits. Group volunteers for 2022 include the following:

  • Perry PD Summer Camp
  • Girl Scout Troop #60449
  • Tuslaw High School National Honor
  • Target
  • Girl Scout Troop #60584
  • Goldfish Swim Club
  • Perry High School
  • Owen’s Tallmadge
  • Edison Middle School
  • Timken Company
  • Mt. Union DST
  • Lake Middle School
  • Mt. Union Soccer
  • Walsh Football

The shelter would like to thank and recognize everyone who has helped, volunteered, supported, and or donated to the shelter. On behalf of our furry friends, thank you!