Junior Volunteers Program

We are offering a 6-session Junior Volunteers Program to help youth engage in and learn about some of the fantastic volunteer opportunities at our shelter! Working alongside our Humane Educator, Volunteer Coordinator and a mentor volunteer, youth in the J.V. program will attend six volunteer training sessions in which they will learn different procedures, policies and safety precautions for working with and caring for animals.


Each session consists of a 45-minute volunteer training program and 75 minutes of onsite volunteer time. Registered youth who attend all six sessions will receive twelve hours of volunteer time, which can be used towards required community service hours. Upon completion of all six sessions, certified Junior Volunteers will have opportunities to volunteer at HSHV!  For more information on our Junior Volunteer program, please read our Frequently Asked Questions 



Scholarship Information:

Limited scholarships are available for students in financial need and would not otherwise be able to participate in the program. Our scholarship application for the November/December classes is available here: JV Scholarship Application   The applications must be received by HSHV by Friday, October 6th at 4pm and can be submitted via mail (Attn: Humane Education, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105), email at humaneed@hshv.org, or dropped off in person.    

Registration Information:

Registration for our November/December classes will open on Wednesday, October 11th at noon. Registration is done online only so please do not call or come up to HSHV to register. The links to register will appear below 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 $175 per participant, due at the time of registration. Please be sure to read through the consent form for information regarding allergies, details, etc prior to registration.  A limited amount of scholarships are available - please see the link above. Youth are required to attend all six classes of their scheduled program.  Program fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to other sessions should a conflict arise

Waitlist Information:

When a session is full, you can add your name to our waitlist. The waitlist form for our JV classes will be found here when classes are full.      

November/December Session Dates and Times:    

**You must be able to attend all six 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.**

November Monday/Wednesday Classes 4-6pm  
November 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 27th, 29th (no class the week of November 19th - Thanksgiving week)

November Tuesday/Thursday Classes 4-6pm  
November 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 28th, 30th (no class the week of November 19th - Thanksgiving week)

December Monday/Wednesday Classes 4-6pm 
December 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th  

December Tuesday/Thursday Classes 4-6pm  
December 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st  

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