Volunteer at Roice-Hurst Humane Society

  • Please complete the application below – If your availability and interests coincide with available volunteer positions, we will contact you to schedule you for a volunteer orientation. Due to high-interest in our volunteer program, we ask for your patience in scheduling new applicants for the required volunteer orientation.
  • You must attend Volunteer Orientation – Each volunteer attends an hour-long orientation where we provide an overview of our services, philosophies, an introduction to our volunteer program and a tour of the shelter.
  • To work with our homeless cats and dogs volunteers must attend training classes – To learn about safety procedures, pet adoptions, animal behavior and Roice-Hurst’s many programs. Volunteers attend a general information lecture based class followed by hands on training.
Volunteer at Roice-Hurst Humane Society - Roice-Hurst Humane Society Servicing Grand Junction, Mesa County and Western Colorado
Dog Care
  • Dog Walking & Socialization
  • Dog Bathing, Grooming
  • Dog Transporting – Taking dogs to vets’ office and special events.
Cat Care
  • Cat socialization
  • Cat Grooming
  • Cat Transporting – Taking cats to vet’s office and special events.

Help with:

  • Off-Site Adoptions
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Fund Raising Events.
  • Greet Visitors
  • Answer Phones
  • Help with Mail-Outs
  • Computer Data Entry, and More.

We can’t do it without your help, so please…DONATE NOW

Here are just a few of the benefits of volunteering:

  • Be part of the solution. You’ll join a network of people working to help save the lives of our communities’ homeless dogs and cats.
  • Get warm fuzzies. You’ll never find a more grateful and accepting friend than an animal you’ve comforted and helped to find a “Forever Home”.
  • Keep good company. You’ll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.
  • Meet the new you. You’ll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you’re capable of achieving.
  • Gain a new career. You’ll learn things that may lead you to the career—or career change—of your dreams. Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service.

We get new animals every day! VIEW AVAILABLE PETS


Is our volunteer program for you?

We hope so! We here at Roice-Hurst Humane Society, have a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your availability, interests, skills, and needs. Please reference the brief descriptions below to sign-up for the opportunity most suitable for you!

Dog walking:

Our dogs need to get out of the kennels for daily walks.. These walks provide the dogs with exercise, a ‘potty’ break, socialization, and some leash training. V-2 dog training class is required.

Dog Socialization/Enrichment:

Our dogs enjoy the chance to socialize or just spending some quiet time– petting, throwing a ball, or reading to a dog. V-2 dog training class required.

Dog Bathing/Grooming:

Volunteers can groom or give dogs a bath. A clean and groomed dog can be more appealing to a potential adopter and the dogs love the spa treatment. V-2 dog training class is required.

Cat Playtime:

We need volunteers to interact with our cats by playing, brushing or just sitting and reading. There are plenty of toys in the cat rooms, so play away! V-1 cat training class is required.


The shelter is involved in numerous fund-raising and adoption events, that may or may not include animals. Volunteers are always needed to assist our staff at these events. We also need assistance for our monthly low-cost vaccination clinic.

Pet Taxi Service:

Yes, sometimes our animals need a ride! We need licensed drivers to transport dogs and cats to and from area veterinarian’s offices for spay/neuter procedures or for other medical reasons. This program is coordinated with our vet tech and kennel staff. Additional training is required.

Transport animals to other shelters/rescues:

Volunteers are needed for transporting animals primarily from Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) or to other shelters and rescue groups. Some of these transports require out-of-town and/or out-of-state trips. A complete Motor Vehicle Record check and additional training is required. Please contact Brittany for more information, 970-434-7337 ext. 101 or brittany@rhhumanesociety.org.

Foster Pet Parent:

Foster Care:
The Foster Care Program at Roice-Hurst allows animals to receive specialized care beyond what can be provided in a shelter setting. This includes animals that are too young, under-socialized, nursing, or have special needs. To foster kittens, cats, puppies, or dogs, please contact our Foster Coordinator, Jenna at jenna@rhhumanesociety.org.

2018 Cat-Kitten Foster Application

Dog-Puppy Foster Application (2018)





Spread the word about Roice-Hurst Humane Society to area children by visiting schools and talking about what we do. Additional training required.

Office Support:

Volunteers can help with mailing, computer data entry or special projects.


Our facility is always in need of cleaning, landscaping, and occasional repair and painting.

Volunteer - Dog Walking, Dog Socialization/Enrichment - Roice-Hurst Humane Society Servicing Grand Junction, Mesa County and Western Colorado
Volunteer - Dog Bathing/Grooming, Special Events/Fund Raising, Foster Pet Parent - Roice-Hurst Humane Society Servicing Grand Junction, Mesa County and Western Colorado
Volunteer - Pet Taxi Service, Bingo, Transport animals to other shelters/rescues - Roice-Hurst Humane Society Servicing Grand Junction, Mesa County and Western Colorado
Volunteer - Pet Taxi Service, Bingo, Transport animals to other shelters/rescues - Roice-Hurst Humane Society Servicing Grand Junction, Mesa County and Western Colorado


Volunteer Application

For information on upcoming Volunteer Orientations, please visit our Events Calendar or call Laura, our Events & Volunteer Coordinator, at 970-434-7337 ext 102.


  • Please Note: You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer, with parental permission.
  • This is soley an interest form. Volunteer Requirements: 1. Complete Volunteer Application 2. Complete Volunteer Orientation
  • Emergency Contact

  • Criminal Record

  • *PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to sign a liability waiver before starting to volunteer.
  • Interests