Humane Society of Central Texas
2032 Circle Rd. * Waco, TX 76706 * 254-754-1454
OUR MISSION: The Humane Society of Central Texas is committed to improving
the quality of life for animals and people in Central Texas through
humane sheltering, community education and advocacy on behalf of all animals.
Current Volunteer Jobs
Volunteers (pictured here with Ray Charles, the blind shelter dog) helped organize our pet food and supply area.
Help to increase the adoptability of the dogs in our care by working with specific, positive reinforcement techniques to better socialize and adapt dogs to be more adoptable. Volunteers are trained to encourage the dogs to focus, sit, and walk well on a leash. This can be a very physical, outdoor job and many of the dogs are untrained. Some experience with dogs is helpful as the shelter takes in many different breeds and sizes of dogs. Volunteers should have basic knowledge of dog behavior, be able to safely handle dogs at all times, and be able to clean up after dogs.
Help to provide care and socialization to cats, kittens, rabbits and other small mammals in our care. Volunteers spend time in the cat room petting, brushing and playing with the cats and provide assistance to members of the public by answering questions about the animals and helping potential adopters to spend time with the animal. Volunteers should have some knowledge of cat behavior, be able to safely handle all animals in the cat room and help with laundry and dishes.
Off-Site Pet Adoptions
Participate at the Saturday adoption events and Adoptathons at Petsmart. Duties include transporting animals to the location, loading and unloading of animals, answering questions about the animals to potential adopters and assisting with the adoption process. These includes off-site adoption events at PetSmart, Petco, Panera Bread and Tractor Supply.
Pet Adoption Counselor
Help customers through the adoption process. Duties include training and knowledge of the adoption policies and process, properly reading and explaining cage cards, approving completed adoption applications and entering data into the computer. Special training will be held on Saturdays. Call Gina or Tim for more details, 254-754-1454.
Assisting the shelter behaviorist in all aspects of animal behavior and training. Duties include knowledge of the “Meet Your Match” program, knowledge of behavior characteristics, ability to assess and help to modify animal behavior.
Help save the lives of animals needing temporary housing before they can become available for adoption. These, cats, kittens, dogs and puppies many need time in a volunteer’s home to recover from an injury, illness or to be weaned off of a bottle feeding. A wide range of duties and responsibilities are needed from bottle feeding to dispensing daily medication. Please make sure your other family members or housemates are agreeable to foster animals in your home.
Help at special events outside of the shelter. Tasks can range from planning meetings and fundraising to set up for the day of the event. Volunteers should be organized, be willing to make phone calls on behalf of the shelter and work within a committee group.
Ability to properly handle and use digital photography equipment. Many of the animals are photographed and posted onto online adoption websites and clear, good looking shots of the animals are the key to many adoptions. Computer skills are also needed to help with saving, printing and posting animal pictures.
Help the front desk staff with the many questions, problems and tasks involved at the front desk. Strong customer service skills, quality phone etiquette and the ability to multi-task are essential to a productive front office volunteer
Barn Cat Buddies
Feral cats that are unable to be socialized into domestic house cats are great mousers for rural areas. Healthy “fixed & vaccinated” feral cats spend approximately 2 weeks in an outside shelter to acclimate them to their new homes as barn or ranch cats. Volunteers needed to do property inspections, equipment set-up and transport the cats at their new home, and help with public information booths. (Volunteers never touch the feral cats.)
Mailing lists, calling for silent auction items, writing thank you cards… you name it, there is a way to help with fundraising! We accept donations in the form of services, items, food, supplies, treatment, and of course cash! So depending on your talent and resources the sky’s the limit for you in this department.
Ink Recycling Volunteer
This outreach program keeps you on the move and in constant contact with area businesses. We are able to raise money for the medical fund by collecting used ink cartridges from area businesses. Duties include contacting business to become a part of our recycling program, distributing and picking up the collection boxes and generating thank you notes to the local businesses. Some boxes can be heavy and bulky so usually the volunteer works with another team member and/ or has a large car or SUV.
Search CenTexLostPets.org, Craigs List, The Waco Trib and other places that people looking for their lost pets might post and match them up with the intake photos and try to help locate the owners of pets arriving at the shelter.