Thank you for your interest in our Teen Volunteer Program! 

The Teen Volunteer Program is now full and will re-open in August!

We believe in mentoring the next generation of volunteers! Our teen volunteers learn to work with animals in a safe manner while being monitored at our shelter. We want to give young people the opportunity to serve their community through volunteer work with companion animals. The teens learn about the shelter environment, assist with community events, and participate in projects that help the animals and LHS such as making enrichment toys, assembling adoption literature, and event preparation, as well as spending time with our adoptable animals. 

  • Commitment to the Teen Volunteer Program spans several months (February-May, June-August, and September-December). LHS will accept applications 3 times a year: at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semester.
  • The LHS Teen Volunteer Program accepts students between the ages of 12-17 years old.
  • The program has a $30 membership fee, which covers an LHS t-shirt to be worn during volunteering—fee is payable via credit card when submitting an application online.
  • Teens volunteer on pre-selected weekend dates in 2-hour shifts under the supervision of a staff member or an adult LHS volunteer.
  • Completion of the application does not guarantee placement in our program as space is limited—LHS will contact you after your application is processed and if you are accepted. You will then select which dates you would like to volunteer. 

If the Teen Volunteer Program is full and you need to complete hours for school or an organization, see below for ways to help the animals:

  • Hold a donation drive at your school or church to collect needed items for the animals. Click here to view our wish list.
  • Collect money for the animals by running a lemonade stand, garage sale, or bake sale.
  • Bake homemade treats for the animals.
  • With a parent or guardian, visit with our adoptable animals to provide TLC, socialization, and enrichment. Our Adoption Center is open Monday-Thursday and Saturday 12-6 pm, Friday 12-8 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm.
  • After completing any of the above tasks, please contact the Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] if you need proof of volunteer hours.