It takes a small village to run an animal shelter, so volunteers are a must at NiSHA! In fact, the first 2 years of its existence, NiSHA was completely run by volunteers. From creating policies and protocols, to raising money and running community events, to scooping litter boxes and walking dogs, volunteers help keep NiSHA going every single day. We love having volunteers of all ages, with all interests, with all kinds of schedules. There is an admin fee of $15 payable upon acceptance for this program.

If you would like to help out, fill out the application below. We will then contact you about training and scheduling.

  Volunteer Application

 Mentorship Application

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JUNIOR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: If you are between the ages of 12-18, you can apply for one of our mentorship positions. Selected applicants will work with one of our staff once weekly for 6 weeks. The mentee will submit a project once their session is complete. 

Apply to the mentorship program here. There is an admin fee of $40 payable by check made out to NiSHA at the orientation. Financial assistance is available for this program.


Direct Animal Care

Animal Caregivers: This is the job for those who really want to care for and interact with our resident animals. Arrive at 7am or 6 PM for feeding, cleaning cages and litter boxes, walking dogs and socializing animals. Duration depends on how many animals are in the shelter. 

Dog Training & Enrichment: Help our dogs find loving homes by having perfect manners! Or give them a break from their kennels by engaging their minds and exercising their bodies.

Foster: If you love animals, but can’t for any reason commit to a pet of your own then consider fostering! More information on the Foster page.

Kitty Care: Do you have that special touch? Some of our cats are a little nervous and need gentle volunteers to coax them out of their shells. Other cats have tons of energy and need playtime! 


 Special Events

We hold several special events each year. All events are work-intensive and volunteers are always needed. From working at the event to helping create, organize and publicize the event in the weeks and months leading up to it, there is always plenty to do!

  • My Furry Valentine (World Spay Day – February)
  • Shamrock Run (Week of St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Daffy Dog Parade (Daffodil Weekend – April)
  • Farmer’s Markets (Select Saturdays throughout the Summer)
  • Paws for the Cause (NSHA’s main fundraising event – August)
  • Black Pet Celebration (Columbus Day Weekend)
  • Photos with Santa (Stroll Weekend – December)

Off-Site and Other Volunteer Opportunities

Advocacy: Help us stand up for animal welfare either on a local or State level. 

Humane Eduction: Do you love kids and animals? We need compassionate individuals to help us reach out to kids and teach them the many aspects of animal care and kindness. 

Lemonade stands: If you have kids (or are a kid yourself), hold a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to NiSHA. We can provide you with packets to make your stand an official NiSHA Lemonade Stand.

Pro bono professional services: Do you have a special skill—carpentry, law, public relations, marketing, finance, photography, other—that you would like to share with NiSHA? Let us know!

Promotions: Put up posters about our events, programs, or our adoptable animals.