Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society! Volunteers make a tremendous difference in the work we do and we are so grateful for our amazing volunteers!

Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Volunteers must be able between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Because our priority is to help every animal in our shelter find a loving, forever home, volunteers will be limited on Saturdays due to the significant number of adoptions that occur. Volunteer opportunities include helping out with mailings, events, walking dogs or comforting cats. We also frequently need foster families to help us care for animals who are not yet available for adoption!


Volunteers are required to schedule their desired task and time with LTBHS staff member, Shannon Graves, at 231-347-2396 either at the shelter or over the phone at least 24 hours prior to volunteering.

Becoming a Volunteer

Please complete the volunteer application. Once your application has been approved, our Volunteer Coordinator will call you to schedule your orientation session. Volunteers must agree to the following requirements in order to volunteer:

Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18). We recommend volunteers wear knee-length shorts or pants and tennis shoes. We appreciate if all volunteers wear their name tag when they are at LTBHS.

Get kids involved!

Do you have a young animal lover at home who wants to help the animals at LTBHS?  Check out the ideas below for how they can help out!

  • Host a bake sale or lemonade stand-this is fun for kids and it help the shelter, too-win, win! Have them gather a few of their friends and organize a simple sale selling homemade treats (or even crafts!). It’s hard to resist a yummy cookie from a cute kid with a great cause!
  • Birthday donations-we are fortunate at LTBHS that we have a caring community of kids who often think of us on their birthday! If there’s not a lot that the child needs or wants, they can ask family and friends to gather supplies, treats, food or money for shelter animals in lieu of birthday gifts. The feeling that they get of giving back is often greater than receiving a bunch of presents that they may or may not actually like.
  • Start a donation drive at school or part of an extracurricular group! If the teacher, principal or leader of the group are on board, a donation drive is a great way to gain essential items like food, treats, toys, leashes, collars, litter, bleach and other cleaning supplies.

To learn more about volunteering, please contact Shannon Graves, at 231-347-2396.