Thanks to our supporters, the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society has met the needs of thousands of animals for more than 30 years. There are many ways that you can become involved in our organization and help our homeless animals. Your compassion and care for the well-being of our animals will make a huge difference in their lives! From providing direct animal care to volunteering your time at fundraisers or to drive transports, there is a volunteer opportunity that matches everyone's skills and interests.



Oxford & Lafayette County Community please help! Our shelter is way over capacity!

Please help us provide alternatives to euthanasia by being a foster family. Foster families help us by providing temporary homes to adoptable pets when we are overcapacity or when the pet needs a little extra TLC or socialization. Foster families also help us by promoting their foster pets for adoption with their friends and social media network.

Please consider this very important and life-saving mission of fostering!

Download Foster Application here.



(Effective Date: July 15, 2017)

Age Requirements

All volunteers (and visitors) under the age of 16 must be accompanied and supervised at all times by their own parent or their own legal guardian while at our facility or off-site event.

All volunteers under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian sign a release form before volunteering.

Volunteer Application & Interview

All volunteers must complete our volunteer application and a brief follow-up interview which will allow us to better match our volunteers' interests and expertise with tasks and projects we have available.

 Download Volunteer Application here.

Volunteer Orientation & Training Session

Once volunteers have applied, interviewed, and been approved, volunteers will be trained by shelter staff at a volunteer orientation session. The volunteer orientation sessions will be scheduled twice a month or every other week (dates to be determined).

Volunteer Scheduling

All volunteers, who have applied, interviewed, and been approved, will be scheduled on the daily schedule according to their availability and our need. This NEW protocol will allow us to ensure our volunteers are utilized efficiently and most productively.

Volunteer scheduling is limited to our public hours of operation: Monday - Saturday from 12 pm - 5 pm. 

Volunteers are required to check-in at the front desk at the beginning of each shift and check-out at the front desk at the end of each shift.

Volunteers are not allowed to bring friends or people with them. If your friends would like to join you, we will be happy for them to apply, too!

On-Site Opportunities

General Daily Volunteer Opportunities – the day to day operations available for volunteers include, but are not limited to, socializing animals, washing and/or folding laundry, unfolding newspapers, washing dishes, sweeping and/or mopping floors or other duties as necessary.


Grooming – animals arriving at the OLHS are often in need of grooming.  In many cases to make the animals more comfortable they require in many instances baths to eliminate ticks/fleas, or for longer haired breeds, clipping to remove mats from their coats.  Volunteers are needed to help with these duties to make animals more comfortable, and, in turn, more appealing to potential adopters.


Off-Site  Opportunities

Reading with Roveris a community-based literacy program that takes place at the Oxford-Lafayette County Public Library on the second Saturday of each month, from 10:30-11:30 AM.  At Reading with Rover, children actually read books to a shelter dog, which both improves the reading ability of the child and also provides a much-needed break from shelter life for the dog!  Volunteers are needed to pick up and transport selected animals to and from the Library, ensure proper handling of animal during time of reading, and for younger individuals, encouragement to read along with the volunteer.


School Outreachvolunteers are needed to speak with area individuals/school classes to encourage donations of needed supplies, encourage adoption and spay/neuter.  Volunteers will be provided necessary information and supply list.


Fundraising – OLHS host a variety of fundraising opportunities throughout the year.  We are always in need of volunteers to assist with fundraising events.  Assistance needed in most events include, but are not limited to soliciting sponsors, set-up, registration, and clean-up.  For more information to volunteer for an upcoming event, follow us on our Facebook page, website, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Donation Drives – OLHS donation drives are essential to provide necessary supplies needed to operate the shelter.  Volunteers are needed to call and assist donors to purchase necessary supplies.  Supply list will be provided.


Adoption Event Coordinator – OLHS is seeking a minimum of two+ dedicated volunteers to coordinate adoption events that are done each month at Hollywood Feed and Petsmart.  Coordinators must become familiar with the OLHS adoption process, be familiar with current OLHS animal’s behavior which are transported to the adoption event, and provide needed information to potential adopter’s at the event.  Event Coordinator’s will need to arrive at the OLHS early to obtain needed information on animals, load, and transport, and set up for the event.  Coordinators will be provided necessary training to ensure a smooth transition to become an Adoption Event Coordinator and all the necessary materials needed to do an adoption event.


Hollywood Feed Adoption Event is every month from 11:00 – 3:00 pm on the first Saturday of each month.


Petsmart Adoption Event is every month from 11:00 – 3:00 pm on the third Saturday of each month.


Adoption Event Volunteers – to help make the adoption event successful, additional volunteers are needed to assist the event coordinator throughout the event.  An event typically needs an additional two to three individuals to assist help maintain cleanliness in the area, talk with potential adopters, and assist the Coordinator.


Transport Coordinator – OLHS is striving to save more lives by providing transports of animals to areas less populated.  We are seeking a minimum of two+ dedicated volunteers to coordinate transports of these animals.  Coordinators will be responsible for overseeing volunteers to set up necessary crates with appropriate items, identification tags of crates and animals, and ensure loading of the transport van.  Coordinators will be provided necessary training to ensure a smooth transition to become a Transport Coordinator and all necessary information/items needed for the transport.


Transport Volunteers – to help make the transport successful, additional volunteers are needed to assist the coordinator and guided by the Transport Coordinator in setting up the necessary crates, tagging/transferring animals to crates, and loading.


Transport Drivers - to make all transports successful, a minimum of two individuals are needed to drive on the transport.  Transports typically leave late in the evening to make the drive more comfortable for the animals.  Transport drivers typically drive a minimum of 2½ to 3 hours one way to the location and help transfer animals to the receiving rescue van.  Transport drivers must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and capable of driving a Sprinter van.  If you are interested in being added to our list of transport drivers, please send your name, telephone number, age, photo of your Driver’s license to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Transports are scheduled with rescues on various dates to accommodate specific needs.  Potential drivers will be contacted at the earliest available date to ensure availability.

If you have any questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 662.236.7631.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:46