In 2023, Belleville Area Humane Society adopted 1,726 animals, and so far this year, we’ve crossed the 700 mark.

We also distributed pet food to 6,564 families through our monthly pet food pantry, vaccinated 415 community pets at vaccine clinics, and spayed/neutered 230 outdoor community cats through our trap-neuter-return program.

As you can imagine, it takes a village to make this amazing activity happen. Our volunteers are a powerful group of individuals who share their time, talent, and love in service of our life-saving mission.

We would love to have you apply if you see yourself volunteering at BAHS.

Become A Volunteer


What is the minimum age to volunteer? Our minimum age to volunteer is 13-15 years of age, with a parent or legal guardian volunteering on the same task. When volunteers turn 16, they are eligible to sign up for opportunities independently.

Am I limited to a single volunteer position? BAHS has many different opportunities for folks to make a difference. Volunteers socialize and enrich our animals, foster and serve as greeters, help with office projects and animal care, assist with community outreach and fundraising events, transport items and animals, photograph animals, and help our facilities run well and look their best.

Do I need to sign up for the same shift each week for a certain period of time? You certainly may choose to volunteer the same day(s) and time(s) each week, but we do not require volunteers to do so since many of our volunteers work swing shifts. To show we value your time, we do ask you to sign up for a specific opportunity through your MyImpact page once you’ve completed our onboarding process so we’re ready for you to hit the ground when you walk in the door.

Do you offer court-ordered community service hours? Individuals seeking court-ordered community service hours must be at least 18 and charged with traffic violations. To complete community service hours, email volunteer@bahspets.org or call 618-235-3712, ext. 104.

Our group wants to assist BAHS through service. We are so thankful that community groups wish to help BAHS with the important work of animal rescue. As a smaller facility, however, we have few opportunities for larger groups to assist physically at the shelter.

An impactful way for your group to help BAHS and its animals is to host a donation drive for the shelter. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, we receive no tax support to do what we do. Donation drives of supplies allow us to focus our dollars on providing for the medical needs of our animals and maintaining our facilities

YOUTH Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Volunteering

Projects to do at home:

  • Have a lemonade stand, garage sale, or bake sale that benefits BAHS.
  • Create an adoption poster for one of our dogs or cats. Call the shelter for pictures and information about one of our adoptable animals.
  • Collect donations at your birthday party.  To see a list of items we need at the shelter, go to our Amazon Wish List.
  • Make homemade dog treats or cat enrichment toys.  There are many recipes and ideas online!

Projects to do at school:

  • Ask your principal if your school can participate in Pennies for Pets.  The classes or grades in your school can compete to raise the most change for BAHS.  Email volunteer@bahspets.org for more details.
  • Your class can make homemade dog treats or cat enrichment toys.  There are many recipes and ideas online!