Puppy Love Program

For Ages 8–15

To support our mission of finding responsible, caring homes for animals, we participate in transporting dogs and puppies from overcrowded shelters in the southern states to our shelter here for adoption. Typically we receive transports monthly and once the puppies are medically and behaviorally cleared (usually about three days after intake) they benefit immensely from socializing with people. The more love and play the better! Participation in this program will require attendance at an initial Puppy Love training class for both child/youth and adult partner.

Program is currently full. Please check back in 2017! Register for the program with the volunteer manager.

Cat Tales

For Ages 5–12

Children in grades K-6 who are able to read at any level may come into the shelter to read to the cats in one of our two cat social rooms, when accompanied by an adult partner. Cat Tales will encourage reading, improve skills and help our cats by offering quiet, kind and loving human interaction and companionship. Bring your own book or choose one from our cat library. One short initial introduction session is required.

Register for the program with the volunteer manager.

Fundraising and Events

Many young people initiate and organize their own fundraising activity or event to benefit the shelter. Some examples of recent efforts include: car wash, food and other goods drive at school, pancake breakfast fundraiser, birthday party donations for the shelter in lieu of gifts, selling raffle tickets at sporting and other events, making catnip toys for cats and fleece blankets for the animals’ kennels. We would love to hear your ideas!

How to Get Started

Kids wanting to participate in one of the above programs must fill out a program application that must be signed by a parent or guardian. Youth 16 -18 may fill out the standard volunteer application for adult volunteer opportunities.

Download Application

Requirements for adults partnering with youth participants

To be a partner to a youth participant you must be the youth's parent, guardian, or assigned representative over the age of 21.

“Animals feel so many of the same emotions as we do, they just speak a different language.”

— Jan, NHHS Volunteer and alum pet parent