In 2022, Belleville Area Humane Society adopted out 1,086 animals and so far this year, we’ve crossed the 700 mark. We also distributed 197,500 meals through our pet resource pantry and vaccinated 415 community pets at our monthly vaccine clinics, as well as spayed/neutered 194 outdoor cats through our trap-neuter-return program.

As you can imagine, it takes a village to make all of 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, 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 a minimum age of 18 and charges must be traffic- related. 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. As a smaller facility, however, we are typically able to work with groups of 15 or less on site. For group service opportunities click here.

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.  Just 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!