Another way to help homeless animals is to volunteer your time and skills. If you think you can't volunteer at the shelter because you'd want to take all the animals home, keep in mind that it's people who care deeply about animals that have the most to offer them. As a CDHS volunteer you are vitally important and each task you perform is a significant contribution! If you have the time and inclination to become physically involved, we welcome you with open arms!

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@cdhs.net.

Here are ways you can help:

  • Critter Companion
  • Kitten Foster Care
  • Events Volunteer
  • Special Projects Volunteer

Thinking about volunteering?

It doesn't take a lot of time to make a big difference in the lives of homeless animals. You get to meet lots of new people too! If you have the time and want to help, we definitely need you. You can socialize and enrich the cats and exercise, enrich, and socialize with the dogs. So much important work to do to help our shelter pets find their homes! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at 701-667-2020 or volunteers@cdhs.net for more information. THANK YOU!

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer Requirements

  • Length of Commitment: Any time you are willing to share with us is greatly appreciated; however, we do require a minimum of 10 hours to volunteer with Central Dakota Humane Society. Some of the volunteer assignments, such as Special Events volunteers, are done on a periodic, as-needed basis.
  • Sign-In Procedure: Please record your name and arrival time legibly on the Volunteer Log Sheet. There is a log sheet in the lobby of both buildings. Remember to sign out upon departure as well. To receive credit for hours worked, you must sign in and out. (It will also aid you when doing your resume to say you completed "X" amount of volunteer hours!) This helps us to keep track of who is active in the programs - a necessity!
  • Honor students/confirmation students or those with hours needed for college or high school credits: A volunteer release form is required to volunteer with CDHS. If you are younger than 18, a parent or guardian's signature is required prior to you being allowed to attend an orientation session. Orientations for honor students interested in working with cats or dogs will be held by appointment. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to set up an appointment. When arriving at the shelter, please turn in your volunteer sheets to the front desk or give to the Volunteer Coordinator in the Administration Building and collect your sheet before your departure. We also require you to sign in on your registration sheets. No shelter staff signatures will be given until the 10-hour minimum number of hours is reached, no exceptions. Any previous hours that need verification will be provided within a reasonable amount of time after the Volunteer Coordinator has been able to verify against sign-in sheets. Honor Student/Confirmation Student/School Project volunteer applications will not be accepted during the months of January through March.
  • Court Ordered Community Service Hours: CDHS does not have a program for Court Ordered Community Service Hours.
  • Dress Code: Dress with your duties in mind, but please be neat. Dog walkers are required to have appropriate closed toe footwear. NO flipflops or sandals.
  • Off-Limit Areas: All quarantine areas are off limits to volunteers. Please read all signage on kennels.
  • Volunteer Release Form: Each volunteer is asked to sign a release form waiver of liability for insurance purposes prior to beginning at CDHS.
  • Age Requirements: Volunteers under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Volunteers between 13 and 16 years old must have a parent or guardian on the premises.
  • Contact: Please provide a legible email address on your volunteer application. Most contact for events and volunteer activities will be done through email contact.