Volunteer Opportunities and Options


Download an application form and fill it out:

Volunteer Application and Volunteer Agreement (pdf)

Please mail application to:

PO Box 57
Hamilton, MT 59840

or drop it off at:

262 Fairgrounds Rd.
Hamilton, MT 59840

After receiving your application, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule your volunteer interview & orientation.


Volunteers are involved in virtually all aspects of BRHA, from interacting with animals to keeping up the grounds.

In-Shelter Care of Animals (Cats, Dogs, Birds, Rabbits, Rodents)

When you socialize and care for the animals, you help to make their stay here more enjoyable. In-shelter care includes taking dogs out to the play yards, interacting in the cattery and dog areas, working in the cattery. For example, you may be grooming the animals (bathing, brushing, clipping nails, etc.), and performing other duties to make the animals happier and more appealing to adopters.

Mentor and animal safety/handling classes are also required (available monthly at BRHA).

Dog Walking

Guaranteed to keep you and the dogs heart healthy and happy! Every dog deserves a nice walk outside everyday. BRHA volunteers take the dogs out for strolls around the property each day. This is also a great time to reinforce good manners and teach your canine walking partner some skills. The “Dog Squad” also learns the arto of “Dog Playtime.” Dog safety and handling training is required.

Foster Care

When an animal arrives at BRHA who is not quite ready for adoption, BRHA relies on the love and homes of our foster care volunteers. These volunteers open their homes to kittens needing time to grow, pregnant or nursing cats, dogs who need a little extra attention, or a companion animal recovering from an illness or injury. Many animals are given a second chance thanks to the time and love given by their foster families. Many foster families assist with finding new homes for their fosterling.

“Pet Pals” Training

Our “Pet Pals” program gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a dog to teach it the basics (sit, stay, lie down, etc.) until it finds a new home. Our instructors are staff members or volunteer mentors trained to use positive reinforcement methods, which you will learn. This training may take up to six weeks, but it is well worth the time spent. After you have spent some time with the dog you will be amazed by how eager he/she will be to please its prospective parents. This social interaction helps relieve stress for dogs and cats while they wait for their ‘forever home.’

Humane Education

One way to greatly reduce pet overpopulation is by educating children. With this program you will go into classrooms to teach the children about responsible care of animals and pet ownership. This is a developing program; BRHA needs volunteers interested in teaching children about responsible pet ownership.

Summer ‘Kritter Kids Day Camp’ needs adults to carry on a highly successful and popular program ready to begin its fourth year.

Adoption Outreach

Often on weekends BRHA has animals available for adoption at various off-site locations. As an adoption outreach volunteer you will spend time educating the public about the shelter (its policies and procedures), answering questions about the available animals, showing off the animals, and finalizing adoption contracts to place them in a new home directly from that location. Additional training required.

Special Events

BRHA hosts a number of special events and fund-raisers throughout the year. These include Frosty Paws, Spay-ghetti Dinner, and many others. While working at an event you may set up BRHA’s area, staff an information booth, answer questions about the shelter, judge a doggie/owner look-a-like contest, help Santa keep his glasses on straight, direct traffic through the event, and much more. Special events are always full of fun surprises.


The shelter has 2.64 acres of grounds and buildings. There is always something that needs to be done – gardening, minor building repairs, painting, cleaning up, etc. Your “handy” skills are always needed somewhere at BRHA.

The Bitterroot Humane Association is very fortunate to have the services of many vounteers who help us to fulfill our mission of caring for homeless animals. There are many ways the volunteers contribute. Some of the jobs include working directly with the animals to enhance their quality of life. There are also jobs available helping the staff to clean the facility as well as photography, data entry, special events and many more. Volunteers are interviewed and given opportunities to use their special interests and talents to train for their jobs. Every volunteer works together with the staff to bring the highest quality of life to the animals.