Tri-County Humane Society


The Tri-County Humane Society is a safe place for animals that are in need of care or shelter. The staff and volunteers work hard to make sure the animals are happy and well cared for.  It takes some time and dedication to become a humane society volunteer, but it’s so very worth it.

In order to become a volunteer, you must fill out an application and attend a two-hour long meeting about the job, tasks, expectations, and the history of the Tri-Country Humane Society.  Once you’ve attended the lecture, you meet with the volunteer coordinator to go over your application and schedule a day to volunteer and get a tour of the building and learn the rules. You then pick one day a week that works best for you to be able to volunteer for two hours. You can volunteer more than once a week, but you originally sign an agreement to finish twenty or more hours of volunteering.

The shelter has two kennel rooms for dogs and puppies; they have the main cat room and an overflow cat room, and they have a small animal room where you’ll find bunnies, guinea pigs, and reptiles. In the front of the shelter, they have some items and apparel that anyone can purchase. By the front desk in the front of the shelter, they often have a small cage for an animal that is in need of socialization. Most of the time it is a very shy and timid cat that was either neglected or is a stray. The animals are there so they can get used to people and become more social in order to get adopted.

After you walk through the doors to view the animals, if you go right you’ll see a kennel room A and the small animal room. If you keep walking down the hall, you’ll see the washroom and the laundry room. Across from the laundry room is the stray cat room. Cats are kept in here for a few days until they are able to be seen by the vet or until they are ready to go to the regular cat room for adoption. On the wall next to the stray cat room there is a bulletin board for missing pets. Anyone can put information about their missing pet(s) on this board.

I started volunteering at the Tri-County Humane Society my sophomore year of high school. I started in the summer and worked for two hours once a week. As a volunteer, you are expected to wash laundry and help out in the washroom. You are supposed to make sure everything is clean before socializing the animals. When I volunteered, I got lucky due to there being a lot of other volunteers working that day as well. By the time I would get there, everything would be clean, and I was able to play with the animals.

I spent a majority of my time with the cats and dogs. I am mildly allergic to cats, but I loved being in the room with them. The cat room is also much quieter than the kennel rooms because of the constant barking. I loved socializing the kittens by playing with them, and I loved socializing the older cats by giving them love.

My favorite thing to do with the dogs is to take them outside. On the side of the shelter are two small playpen areas. A lot of times the staff and volunteers, including myself, would take the dogs out to the playpens when people were interested in adopting them. I helped a few dogs and puppies get adopted. I also would take them out there just so they could get some exercise and so they could get out if their kennels.

I really enjoyed volunteering at the Tri-County Humane Society, and I would recommend it to anyone who has a love for animals. There is a lot of animal cruelty in the world. Some of the animals in the shelter have been victims of the cruelty. Volunteering and lending a hand around the shelter may seem like a small task but it is a great way to do your part in saving animals.