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. 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. Youth volunteer opportunities are available when the youth is paired one-to-one with an adult (21+) companion. Children aged 10 and up may volunteer to walk dogs with a 21+ partner. Children aged 9 and under may volunteer in other select positions with a 21+ partner, but may not walk dogs.
Because of our volunteer program structure and training requirements, we cannot accept community service volunteers or host groups of volunteers.
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 and to learn which our volunteer positions are child-friendly!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be in touch shortly!
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 form: Transport Volunteer Application
We are now exclusively using Track It Forward to record volunteer hours! You should have received an email from Track It Forward with a link to finish setting up your account. If you didn't receive it or if you need help setting up your account, please email Michelle at email@example.com. She is happy to sit down with you and walk you through how to use Track It Forward.
Click here for a brief picture tutorial on how to set up and use your account.