Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society!  Please read on for some general information and to learn more about our specific volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer applications are accepted year-round and processed as we have staff availability to schedule orientations and training.  Generally, you will be contacted within 5 days of your application being received at the shelter.  All applications are screened to determine if the applicant’s interests and availability are a fit with our current needs.   If there is a match, you will be contacted via email to schedule an orientation meeting and set up a training schedule.

Volunteers must be 16 or older to volunteer independently.  Volunteer opportunities for children aged 10-15 are available when the youth is paired one-to-one with an adult (21+) companion.  Children under 10 are invited to join our "Shelter Buddies" program .  Shelter Buddies must be accompanied by an adult (21+) and and will be trained to socialize cats and kittens during open shelter hours 12-5 Tuesday-Saturday.   Please click here for an application.

Because of our volunteer program structure and training requirements, we cannot accept short-term community service volunteers and groups of volunteers will be accommodated as staffing and scheduling permit.

For more general information about volunteering and to learn about the shelter, please click here to read our Volunteer Handbook.

Please open the links below for specific volunteer opportunities.

CCR Cat Pals

Condo Cat Companions

Small Animal Buddy

Waggin' Dog Walker

Foster Care Providers

We are always looking for volunteers willing to become Foster Care providers. Foster Care providers open their hearts and homes to the shelter's most vulnerable residents, from tiny kittens to old dogs, and are the reason we can help all the animals who come to us. Homeward Bound provides training, supplies and resources for foster parents. If you are interested, please complete a Foster Care Provider Application and send it to us via email to clehrer@homewardboundanimals.org We'll be in touch shortly!  You can also snail mail it to us with ATTN:  Carly Lehrer on the envelope.

Transport Volunteers

We have an ongoing need for volunteers who are willing to use their own cars to help us drive animals to and from their spay and neuter appointments at area vet hospitals. This volunteer job requires availability at 8 in the morning and/or mid-late afternoon. This is a great opportunity for people who live in Middlebury and commute to other towns.

If you are interested in joining our band of Transport Volunteers please complete and return this Transport Volunteer Application via email to clehrer@homewardboundanimals.org.  You can also snail mail it to us with ATTN:  Carly Lehrer on the envelope.


Contact Details

236 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Adoption Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
12pm to 5pm