We love our Junior Volunteers

Working alongside our Humane Educator, Volunteer Coordinator and a mentor, youth learn procedures, policies and safety in working with and caring for animals throughout the 6-session JV program.

Next Sessions

  • Registration is now open.
REGISTER FOR-Winter Break Session 2-4 pm  SOLD OUT 
December 26th, 27th , 28th and January 2nd, 3rd, 4th
REGISTER FOR -January  Monday/Wednesday Classes 4-6pm   SOLD OUT
January 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th
REGISTER FOR-January Tuesday/Thursday Classes 4-6pm  SOLD OUT
January 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st
February 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th
February 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th
You must be able to attend all 6 dates of the selected class. Make-up dates are not available, and a missed class will prohibit completion of the program. All program fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to other class dates.

About the JV program

Each session consists of a 45-minute volunteer training and 75 minutes of onsite volunteer time. Registered youth who attend all 6 sessions will receive 12 hours of volunteer time, which can be used towards required community service hours. Upon completion of all 6 sessions, certified Junior Volunteers will have opportunities to volunteer at HSHV!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Junior Volunteer Program

1. How old do youth have to be to participate in the program?

All youth need to be between the ages of 12-17. We require that youth are at least 12 years old prior to registration. Youth who about to turn 18 within 6 months of our program may wish to wait and attend our adult volunteer orientation.

2. Can I register ahead of time?

Registration is done online only and can only be done after the day and time that registration opens. Registration typically fills up quickly, so we recommend being on the website right when registration opens to secure a place in our program. Registration links will appear on this page.

3. When will your next class be held?

The program is offered throughout the year, typically monthly. Registration occurs 1-2 months prior to the start of class, and the dates/times are updated on our website.

4. Is there a fee for the program?

The fee is $185 per student. This includes 6 training classes (12 total hours), a T-shirt, and educational materials and supplies. Limited scholarships are available for families who demonstrate financial need.

5. Can I miss a class and still complete the program?

We require youth to attend all 6 classes of their scheduled program. If they miss a class, students will need to make it up with the next group, which would mean waiting 2 months or more to complete the program. We do not offer individual make-up sessions at this time. If you are unable to attend all of the scheduled classes, we suggest waiting for the next session.

6. What happens after the program has been completed?

After JV’s successfully completes all six training classes, they will be able to come back to the shelter to volunteer independently (without a parent/guardian present). JV’s will be able to volunteer as often as they like, based on our provided schedule of available volunteer times. Volunteer opportunities are available 7 days a week and are typically 2-hour shifts. Some JV volunteer assignments include cat comforting, dog visitation, shelter cleaning, humane education support (e.g., working as a camp counselor), and manning a table at offsite events. JV’s are asked to make a 4-6 hour per month commitment after completing the program.


Registration is done online only, so please do not call or come up to HSHV to register. The links to register will appear to the left, and you may need to refresh your page at the time registration opens to see them.  Spots do fill up very quickly—sometimes within 10 minutes of registration opening.

All youth must be age 12 or older prior to registering. The fee for the program is $185 per participant, due at the time of registration. Please read the consent form for information regarding allergies, details, etc. prior to registration.  A limited amount of scholarships are available—please see the information on this page.

Youth are required to attend all 6 classes of their scheduled program.  Program fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to other sessions should a conflict arise.


When a session is full, you can add your name to our wait list. Wait lists are not carried over to different sessions. Once classes are full, you can add your name to the wait list here: JV January/February Wait List 

Scholarship Information

Limited scholarships are available for students in financial need and would not otherwise be able to participate in the program. Applications can be submitted via email to humaneed@hshv.org, dropped off in person, or mailed to ATTN: Humane Education, HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The deadline for the January/February application has now passed. Please check back in mid- January for information on our March/April scholarship application.