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 Shannon Freed

Dog Care

Events & Fund Raising
​Help with:
  •  Off-Site Adoptions
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Fund Raising Events.
Cat Care


Volunteer/Events Coordinator
  • Dog Walking & Socialization
  • Dog Bathing, Grooming 
  • Dog Transporting - Taking dogs to vets' office and special events.

  • Cat socialization
  •  Cat Grooming
  • Cat Transporting - Taking cats to  vet's office and special events.
  • Greet Visitors
  • Answer Phones
  • Help with Mail-Outs
  • Computer Data Entry, and More.
We can't do it without your help, so please...
Whether you walk dogs, groom or help socialize the cats, provide a foster home, or assist with a fundraising event, you can make a difference in the lives of animals. When you give animals the gift of your time, you'll get back as much as you give—maybe even more.
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We have recently changed our dog walker procedures to make it easier for those who want to help walk and socialize our dogs. To volunteer and walk dogs you must be 16 years of age to volunteer without a parent or guardian. A waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian. Children between 12 years and 15 years can volunteer with a parent/guardian if a waiver AND release to work independently form is signed by a parent/guardian.This age group will be assigned special projects but will not be allowed to socialize animals due to safety reasons. No one under the age of 12 years of age is allowed to volunteer at the shelter. However, if someone is too young to volunteer  there are other options to help the homeless animals of Roice-Hurst, such as holding fundraisers and donation drives.  

We  like to get all our dogs out for a nice walk around the walking trail between 9 am -11 am, 1 pm-3 pm, and the last walk is 5 pm-6:30 pm. Of course, you are always welcome and needed throughout the day as well!

Although our office is closed on Mondays, our kennel staff is working and we would 
appreciate your help in getting the dogs walked then, as well.

We do need you to fill  out a Volunteer Application form and have completed a volunteer orientation class - Available on-line HERE - Must also have a signed liability waiver at the shelter before you walk the dogs or volunteer. 
Here are just a few of the benefits of volunteering:

• Be part of the solution. You'll join a network of people working to help save the lives of our communities' homeless dogs and cats. 

• Get warm fuzzies. You'll never find a more grateful and accepting friend than an animal you've comforted and helped to find a "Forever Home".

• Keep good company. You'll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.

• Meet the new you. You'll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you're capable of achieving.

• Gain a new career. You'll learn things that may lead you to the career—or career change—of your dreams. Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service.

You can also pick up a Volunteer Application form at the front desk during business hours Tuesday-Sat from 11 am to 6 pm or 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays. The office is closed on Mondays. 
Sign Up HERE
Interested in making a difference?

Become A Volunteer!


Is our volunteer program for you?

We hope so! We here at Roice-Hurst Humane Society,
 have a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your
 availability, interests, skills, and needs. Please reference
 the brief descriptions below to sign-up for the opportunity
 most suitable for you!

Are you interested in joining our team of volunteers who handle our 
animals or contribute on a weekly basis to other Humane Society programs?
 Volunteers in these programs should expect to:

        •Commit to a minimum of six months of service. 
        •Contribute a minimum of 5-10 hours monthly.
        •Be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently. Youth between the ages of 12 and 15 can         volunteer with an approved waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. 
        •Attend required trainings and volunteer meetings (held once a month). New volunteer training sessions are                    regularly offered during the year. 
        Pay a one-time volunteer fee ($20 per adult) to cover the costs of administrative processing, training materials,           applicable background check fees, your volunteer uniform, and other costs that leave a footprint in our finances so           more can go toward animal care. 
        • Volunteers who handle our animals should not be completing court-ordered or Workforce Mesa County volunteer           hours (view other options to complete these hours below.)

If you are able to meet the requirements above, we welcome you to join our team of regularly-scheduled Roice-Hurst Humane Society Volunteers. Thank you for carefully considering these requirements prior to completing your volunteer profile or attending any required trainings. You can view animal handling and other opportunities requiring a regularly, weekly commitment of six-months at the bottom of this page. 

Are you looking for a shorter term opportunity? This includes volunteers who:

        Cannot make a six-month, weekly commitment.
        Need to complete hours for school requirements.
        Need to complete community service hours. 

If this describes the availability and needs you have, we welcome you to
 join our Special Services Team or learn about other ways to get involved.
 We ask that all volunteers who wish to handle our animals or help in many 
other shelter programs commit to a regularly scheduled, weekly shift for

Are you a business or community group looking to complete a one-day service project?  
If you are a business or community group is looking for a one-day service project please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further details at (970) 434-7337, or email at volunteers@rhhumanesociety.com

How can my group help the animals?

Group volunteer opportunities are mainly available through our Animal Care Team. Our Animal Care Team volunteers provide essential care for the animals by cleaning their kennels, helping with laundry and dishes, and other daily tasks to maintain a comfortable environment for the thousands of animals who come through our doors. Please consult with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure this opportunity would fit the interests of your group. Occasionally, volunteers are needed for other projects, such as landscaping or building maintenance that benefit from the support of a large group.

The Animal Care Team involves direct animal care in the shelter environment but does not involve recreational animal handling, such as walking adoption dogs or socializing adoption cats. Don’t worry, you’re still sure to see and greet many smiling animal faces! Volunteers in these programs must undergo animal handling trainings that are not available to volunteers who are only able to make a short-term commitment at this time. If you are interested in these other opportunities, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (970) 434-7337 or email at volunteers@rhhumanesociety.com

Facility Tours

In addition to participating on the Animal Care Team, it is our desire to provide volunteers with an educational experience through an introduction to our organization and its many services to the Mesa County community and greater region. Groups who sign-up for a minimum four-hour volunteer experience will include a 30 minute tour of the facility. We’re sorry, groups who sign-up for less than a four hour commitment will not receive a tour of the facility unless time permits. If you are interested in scheduling a tour of the facility separate from your volunteer experience, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.