Chittenden County Humane Society needs volunteers, has labor shortage

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The Humane Society of Chittenden County is at full capacity with animals, but its volunteer force is down by 50 percent — there are about 100 volunteers right now compared to the usual 200. Staff at the South Burlington shelter are actively seeking new volunteers. Volunteer tasks include feeding animals, dog […]

The Humane Society of Chittenden County is at full capacity with animals, but its volunteer force is down by 50 percent — there are about 100 volunteers right now compared to the usual 200.

Staff at the South Burlington shelter are actively seeking new volunteers. Volunteer tasks include feeding animals, dog walking, working at the front desk, processing adoption paperwork, and more.

Volunteers must commit to a minimum of six months and must be at least 16 years old (18 years old to work directly with dogs). Further information about applying is available on the Humane Society’s website, hsccvt.org.

Applicants will generally hear back one to two months after they have applied.

The Humane Society of Chittenden County is home to many surrendered or unclaimed dogs and cats. South Burlington, like many towns, requires owners to register their pets. This makes reunification easier.

The shelter is currently seeing more animals coming in and more animals being adopted, such that it remains at full capacity.

As of April, the society’s Community Pet Clinic is up and running again after a break due to COVID. The clinic provides low-cost veterinary care services such as neutering, spaying and wellness checks to owned animals in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. More information on the pet clinic can be found on the society’s website.

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