Help our furry friends

There are many ways to volunteer. Our exceptional volunteers can share their knowledge and experiences with our staff and help the animals in more ways than we could do alone. We appreciate all of the help and support those of you in the community are able to give.

We value and appreciate our volunteers in more ways than we can say. All of the work and help they give us at the shelter, with the animals, at the thrift store, and in our programs and events is priceless. Their work greatly improves our organization and touches the lives of all of the animals we care for.

Available Volunteering Opportunities:

  • Shelter Cleaning, Laundry, Maintenance

  • Animal Care, specific to Dog or Cat

  • Foster Care

  • Thrift Store

  • Holiday Store

  • Events and Fundraisers

  • Office or Clerical Work

  • Lawn Care, Snow Removal

  • Pet Food Bank

  • Other

How to Volunteer:


 Volunteering Guidelines at HSMC:

  1. Anyone interested in volunteering must complete a volunteer application form.

  2. Depending on the activity, a new volunteer may need to attend a training session as part of our volunteer program. This will be based on the event or activity you will be volunteering for. You will be contacted if you need to attend a training session.

  3. You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer with our Volunteer Program.

  4. Persons age 16-18 years old may volunteer with a parents consent (signature required) but are not allowed to work in direct contact with the animals (per insurance).

  5. If you are under 16 years old, we have opportunities as described below.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete a volunteer application today! Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions: 734-240-0562

Youth Volunteering (under 16 years old):

Can/bottle drives: Cans and bottles provide a steady income to help pay for the necessities for the animals at our shelter. If you are interested in starting a can/bottle drive, contact us at (734) 240-0562. We will supply you with flyers to hand out to your neighborhood, local businesses, friends, school, etc.  The flyers ask for people to place bags of bottles on their front porch, or bring them to the area of your choice. Once collected, turn them into the shelter. We turn them in for the deposit (usually working with WalMart or Meijer to turn them all in at once) and the money is used to buy food, treats, litter, etc. for the animals. We can let you know how much you raised or even send out flyers to your school for their participation, amount raised, etc.

 Recently, we had a 4H group of kids make HSMC key-chains for us. We supplied the materials, beads, etc. They gave us their creativity & time. It was wonderful. Currently, we are collecting supplies for cat nip kitty toys (scraps of material, poly fiber cotton stuffing, and cat nip). We sell these at our thrift store & our holiday store at the mall to raise money for the shelter…we almost always sell out at holidays & events. We need crafty kids to make these as well…just a little bit of sewing involved!

We have had youth volunteers collect old stuffed animals (the kind without the beads in them) for our shelter dogs to play with. They do not last long but the animals LOVE them. Volunteers have made blankets for the animals, or collected towels & sheets for them to use as blankets…we are always in need of those and it doesn’t matter what condition they are in. All blankets & sheets are washed at the shelter before we give them to our animals.

We are always looking for new ideas. Handmade items sell really well at our store and at events. Recently, one of our youth volunteers created rubber band bracelets and raised over $200 to help our shelter! If you have any ideas of your own and would like to do a fundraiser for us…please let us know. We would be happy to help in any way we can. 

Come learn about our committees and join today.