Thinking about Volunteering?


Volunteering is a great way to help the shelter, interact with our animals, and

to make new friends in the process!

Completion of our volunteer orientation program is the first step in our 

People, Animals & Welfare for Success (PAWS) program and is required to

become a regular volunteer with the Humane Society of Delaware County

(HSDC). Designed for adults and students 12 and older, PAWS consists of a total of 11 hours of training - 6 hours of classroom and 5 hours of on-site training to learn about the fundamentals of caring for animals as well as the mission and philosophies of the HSDC. Applications for the volunteer orientation class are only accepted on-line at the link below.


These are competitive applications and space is limited, so submitting an application does not automatically mean you are in the class.

Once you have completed volunteer orientation, the PAWS volunteer opportunities include –

  • Administrative Volunteer

  • Animal Transport Volunteer

  • Cat Care Volunteer

  • Cat Special Care Volunteer

  • Dog Care Volunteer

  • Foster Parent Volunteer

  • Shelter Facility Volunteer

  • Special Events Volunteer

  • Website Photography Volunteer

Every volunteer orientation program graduate will receive a training manual and volunteer t-shirt.  We ask all incoming volunteers to make a one-time investment of $15 to defray the cost of providing the PAWS program. The fee must be paid prior to starting the orientation training.

In an effort to be honest and transparent with our volunteers, the training will include some sensitive topics. Medical conditions such as euthanasia, pet sterilization -  which can include terminating a pregnancy, and animal abuse and neglect will be discussed.  Our trainers do their best to handle these topics in a sensitive and factual manner while ensuring all questions are answered and our procedures are clearly communicated.  We understand these can be difficult topics with moral, religious, and ethical considerations. As a parent or guardian, you may wish to have a prior conversation with your minors before the first night of training. Alternatively, you may not feel comfortable having your minor attend this training and we understand and respect your decision. 

Junior & Teen Volunteers 

Junior volunteers are students between 12 – 15. An adult (over 21 years old) must also complete an application, attend the volunteer orientation training, and must accompany the junior volunteer at all times. This includes during all training sessions as well as volunteering with them.

Teen volunteers are students between 16 -17 years old and must have a parent or guardian fill out the waiver but do not have to be accompanied by a guardian to attend volunteer orientation or volunteer at the shelter.

All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a completed "Junior & Teen Volunteer Waiver of Liability and Release" form on file to partcipate in the PAWS program.

Class Dates (must attend all class sessions):

All Classes for 2020 will be held at the Powell United Methodist Church located at 825 East Olentangy Street, Powell, Ohio 43065. 

February 2, 9,16 - Sunday afternoons - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*

April 15, 22, 29 - Wednesday evenings - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm*

June 14, 21, 28 - Sunday afternoons - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*

August 5,12,19 - Wednesday evenings - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm*

October 4, 11, 18 - Sunday afternoons - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*

Class size is limited to 40 participants so we can provide you with the best volunteer experience.


*For planning purposes we have found that the first day of class typically runs over by a half-hour due to logistics and housekeeping issues. Please plan to be dismissed late on the first day. 

The HSDC reserves the option to cancel a training session due to scheduling issues or applicant demand. 

Due to overwhelming response, we are no longer accepting applications for the remaining 2020 classes. 

If you are interested in becoming  volunteer, please check back in December for the 2021 class schedule.  

For more information about volunteering, please contact Debra Leckrone at or by phone at (740) 369-7387.


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