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Becoming a Regular Volunteer at NHA:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Nashville Humane Association (NHA)! We rely on volunteers to help us fulfill imperative tasks including: animal socialization, clerical assistance, donation collection, and outreach programs.  Many people in Middle Tennessee are passionate about helping homeless animals, and we are grateful for their dedication and assistance.  (See examples of our exceptional volunteers in our Volunteer of the Month archive.)

**Please read all volunteer guidelines posted below, as our volunteer program is highly competitive, and application submission does not guarantee placement.”

Age Limitations
Individuals must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer for NHA, and no exceptions to this policy will be made. In addition, all 13- to 15-year-old volunteers must have a parent or guardian over the age of 21 with them at all times, including training sessions. Young people serving with responsible adults to learn the basics of animal care and shelter operations often become our most enthusiastic and reliable volunteers! Parents and educators, please click here for ways kids under 13 may help fulfill the mission of NHA. 

Time Commitment
NHA requires that all volunteers commit at least five (5) hours per month during their first six (6) consecutive months of service. Through consistent care by volunteers, we can provide a better quality of life for the animals entrusted to NHA. Volunteers also get acquainted with staff, and with each other, the more often they’re here! 

Administrative Fee
NHA charges a one-time $15 administrative fee to help us offset the costs for our Volunteer Program. This fee covers the costs of printed materials, access to our online volunteer portal, a nifty nametag, and aprons to wear. As long as volunteers remain active, the fee covers all volunteer service at NHA. Note: Foster Care volunteers are exempt from the administrative fee. 

How to become a NHA Volunteer:

Step 1: Fill out an application

Please fill out this application. Once NHA receives your application, you will receive a list of upcoming information sessions.  Please note, it can take up to two weeks to reply to your application.  If you have special skills or interests such as graphic design, marketing, dog training, etc., please add those to the “Notes” section of the application.

Step 2: Attend a Volunteer Information Session

Once we have reviewed the applications, we will invite selected potential volunteers to a Volunteer Information Session at the shelter.  This orientation will provide insight into our agency’s mission, community programming, volunteer opportunities, commitment expectations, as well as a tour of the facility.  We also request administrative fee remittance at this time.

**All volunteers, including those volunteering with 13- to 15-year-olds, must attend this session prior to pursuit of any additional training.

Step 3: Attend volunteer training

After attending the initial orientation session, all volunteers must register for one additional training prior to volunteering.  The Volunteer Coordinator will submit all available training dates for various Animal Care roles and programs upon session completion.  Each on-site training will include hands-on demonstrations for specific roles and volunteer portal access.

After training, you are officially part of our large and vibrant Volunteer Program at NHA, and will hopefully serve with us on behalf of the homeless animals for years to come! 

Group volunteering

Interested in volunteering with your work colleagues, social organization, or school group?  NHA partners with one-time or recurring groups of up to ten adults for shelter tasks and special projects.  To apply for group volunteering opportunities, click here.  Please allow two weeks for application processing.

We’d love to talk to you about scheduling an enjoyable teambuilding activity, which also benefits our four-legged friends!

Community Service 

The Volunteer Program at NHA is not intended for those required to do court-ordered community service, and the Volunteer Coordinator cannot sign off on these hours. For more information on court-ordered community service call 352-1010.