Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Humane Society of North Iowa; We welcome you to our shelter and appreciate the physical and social benefits you are providing our shelter animals by spending time with them.  By volunteering, you keep them active, friendly and social, thereby increasing their chance for adoption!  Thank you!!

We have a short video that explains all the rules of volunteering to walk dogs and play with the animals at the Humane Society of North Iowa.  To watch this video, please click here.

The Rules:

  • First time visitors must complete a Volunteer Application.  (click Volunteer Application for an online copy)
  • You must be 16 years old to volunteer unsupervised. (a parent or guardian must also sign the Volunteer Application)
  • Keep at least 5 feet of distance in between dogs at all times.
  • Wear appropriate sturdy footwear-no flip flops!
  • Please clean up after the dog you are walking.  Poo bags dispensers are located near the door and a used bag receptacle is located outside the front door.
  • All children must be supervised. Children age 10 and older are allowed to walk small dogs when  supervised by an adult 18 or older.
  • Please refrain from cell phone use while walking dogs. Focus on Fido!
  • Please do not let dogs come into contact with one another!
  • HAVE FUN!!!  (the most important rule)

The Schedule:

  • You are welcome to volunteer anytime during our open shelter hours.  You do not have to schedule your time, nor will we call you.  You can show up when it’s convenient for you!
  • Our shelter hours:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


  • We have dogs in every shape, size and breed that would LOVE to go for a walk!  While it may be “cuter” to walk a puppy, the medium and larger sized dogs need the exercise and activity more!
  • Don’t forget about the kitties!  They love to be brushed, pet, and played with too!  Please only take one cat out of it’s kennel at a time.
Thank you once again for volunteering your time to an animal in need!  While our animals certainly enjoy treats and toys, it is attention from friends like you that they love the most!!