After closing our volunteer program to new volunteers for the past year and a half, we are very excited to announce that we have our first Volunteer Orientation back scheduled for Sunday, September 12th from 5-7 pm at the shelter.

We reached out to everyone who had applied on our website during the program closure and have filled most of the spots, but we still have 10 spots available for interested volunteers! Due to safety restrictions, we only have space to bring on a smaller number of volunteers and are making selections based on the needs of the shelter and the animals at this time. 

To fill the remaining spots, selections will be made based on scheduling availability and commitment. Volunteers who are able to assist with weekday morning shifts will take precedence in the selection process. If you are not selected to attend this orientation, you will still be welcome to volunteer with us in the future when safety restrictions are lifted and we have more availability. 

If you’re interested in volunteering and meet the following criteria, please complete a volunteer application on our website, and email the shelter’s Volunteer Coordinator at your earliest convenience for consideration. The application window closes on Friday, September 10th at 3:00 pm:

  • 16 years of age or older
    • At this time, only our General Volunteer Program is reopening for volunteers 16+
  • Can commit to a consistent 2 hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months
    • Shifts are available 7 days a week, 8-10 am, 12-2 pm, or 2-4 pm
    • Volunteers sign up for the same shift day and time each week (i.e. Mondays from 2-4 pm)
  • Can attend in-person orientation on Sunday, September 12th (must wear mask)
    • Please be sure to fill out the application and respond at your earliest convenience if you are interested in joining as spaces fill up quickly. If you have any questions, feel free to email, or call (978) 452-7781 x 1002. Thank you for your interest in caring for the shelter animals- our organization could not function without the support of volunteers like you!

***NOTE: Please see the diagram below for the structure of LHS’s Volunteer Program. All volunteers attend Volunteer Orientation and start off as general volunteers. Volunteers can then choose to work with cats & smalls, or dogs. Volunteers who would like to work with dogs must attend Green Dog Training in addition to the general Volunteer Orientation. Green Dog Training is scheduled for the Saturday after the general orientation. 

All shelter volunteers can expect to spend much of their time cleaning kennels, disinfecting, organizing & putting away supplies, doing dishes, laundry, and feeding. There is also time for socialization and spending time with the animals, but keeping the shelter clean and safe for our residents is top priority and volunteers should expect to help with these tasks each shift.




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