Become a Volunteer

The Humane Society of El Paso is very excited about your interest in becoming a part of our family as a volunteer. We have over 200 rescues at our shelter that need your love and attention until they find their forever homes!

Volunteer Manual

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Submit a volunteer application / group volunteer application
  • Sign a Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability (will be given out at orientation) 
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Commit to a minimum of five hours of service per month
  • Take initiative, work independently, and with a team when needed

Minor volunteers (under 18) must:

  • Ages 16-17: Provide parent waiver (will be given out at orientation)
  • Ages 8-15: Parent or guardian over 18 years of age must supervise at all times. Minor and adult must both fill out online application and attend orientation

Additional notes:

  • All volunteers start off as “white shirts”: white shirt volunteers may only perform certain task, as they familiarize themselves with the shelter. Once white shirts have a total of 12 hours of volunteer service, they may move up to one of two higher levels: Animal Handler and Adoption Counselor
  • Animal handlers (blue shirts) are trained specifically to handle animals of all difficulty levels. Animal handlers may also help facilitate play groups, take dogs on field trips, and specialize in Enrichment and Training.
  • Adoption Counselors (red shirts) help unite animals with the perfect family, as well as run off-site adoption events.
    **Please note: additional trainings are required to move up the ladder.
  • All volunteers must treat animals kindly, and with love and respect.
  • Volunteers are also expected to represent the Humane Society of El Paso and themselves in a professional and respectful manner.

Volunteer Orientation

Once you complete the volunteer application, you will recieve an email inviting you to sign up for orientation.

Orientation is mandatory. At orientation, new volunteers will learn about the goals, policies, and procedures of the HSEP, as well as the various volunteer opportunities available. 

Orientations are scheduled one to two months in advance. All registrants must be checked in by the time orientation is scheduled to begin. It is strongly recommended that new volunteers arrive at least 15 minutes before orientation is scheduled to begin. Volunteers who do not arrive on time will not be allowed in, and will need to make other arrangements.

A registration is required for all volunteers. No spots are available for walk-ins. 

All orientations are held at the Humane Society of El Paso, located at 4991 Fred Wilson in Northeast El Paso.

Orientation Fee*

There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $25 per volunteer 16 years old and over, and $15 for junior volunteers under 16 years of age. This fee will guarantee you a spot at orientation, and cover the cost of your first two volunteer t-shirts (white and either blue or red, depending on what the volunteer chooses to become).   

*Please note that the orientation fee is to cover the cost of the t-shirts; you are not paying to volunteer. The Humane Society of El Paso is fortunate to have many people interested in volunteering, but very few follow through with the commitment. Charging for the t-shirts upfront helps ensure that only serious volunteers sign up for orientation, and that there are spaces available for those serious volunteers.

If the registration fee constitutes a financial hardship, please email Lupe at

If your specific question was not answered in the above text, please email Lupe at

Want to volunteer from home? Consider becoming a foster parent! Click here to learn more!

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