Children can be some of the biggest animal lovers out there, and we’re excited that your child wants to learn more about how they can help take care of homeless cats in their community! There are two ways for children to participate in volunteering at Tree House:

  • Parents/guardians are welcome to submit an adult application here and mention that they would like to volunteer with their child/children. Minors ages 8-13 must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has gone through the proper training with their child. Please note: we are unable to accept children under 8 years old into the program.
  • Teens ages 14 through 17 needing service hours, seeking experience in the animal welfare field, or just wanting to give back to their community are welcome to apply to the Junior Volunteer Program.

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A junior volunteer who adopted a kitten after meeting the perfect one while volunteering.

Junior Volunteer Program

Junior Volunteers are recruited several times throughout the year for a pre-determined session of volunteering. During each session, junior volunteers must be able to commit to all training and orientations and a weekly volunteer shift in their agreed upon role. Volunteer roles available to teens vary depending on Tree House’s current needs.

The Junior Volunteer program is an excellent opportunity for teens needing to fulfill service hour requirements for honor societies, clubs, school requirements, college applications, etc., and it offers great insight into the workings of a humane society as well as an opportunity to gain important life skills like time management, workplace relations, and considering the needs of others in your community. All sessions will include an educational presentation that will focus on a specific topic within animal welfare.

Space is limited. Please note that we are only able to recruit a certain number of junior volunteers per session, and therefore submitting an application does not guarantee admission into the program. There is a one time, nonrefundable $25 registration fee for all junior volunteers admitted into the program. Students who need financial assistance are welcome to request it during the application process. Upon successful completion of the program, junior volunteers may be invited to continue on as ongoing independent volunteers. Please review and submit your application here for further details on an upcoming session.