CHS Volunteer Program

Volunteer efforts play a vital role in what we are able to accomplish at CHS. As we dedicate ourselves to the new and exciting challenges of tremendously expanded CHS programs, many more volunteers will be required. We cordially extend an invitation to join us as we work together on behalf of those so dependent on us for their well-being.

  • THE FIRST STEP to becoming a volunteer at Cherryland Humane Society is attending one of our Volunteer Orientations. These are held at the shelter on the second Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. and there is a $15 registration fee. You can register for one of our upcoming orientations below.
  • IF YOU ARE A MINOR, you will need an adult or parent with you at all times while volunteering and the adult must also attend a Volunteer Orientation. You must be 10 years old to volunteer.
  • THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT of how many hours must be completed on a weekly or monthly basis.
  • CHS DOES REQUIRE the completion of four cleaning shifts before beginning any other assignments. Our cleaning shifts are from 8 – 11:00 am or 3 – 5:00 pm and you can sign up for your shifts after completing the orientation.
  • QUESTIONS? Please Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Deane Widgren, at and we look forward to having you help enrich the lives of the animals at Cherryland Humane Society!

Areas of Volunteer Service

  • Animal Care: Dog walking, enrichment, socialization, hygiene, behavior modification, public assistance
  • Education: Committee work, planning, projects
  • Cleaning: 75% of the work we do is cleaning. CHS staff and volunteers clean for three hours every morning so we are always in need of help with those assignments.
  • Clerical: Data entry, materials compilation, mailings, publication mailings, record keeping, research
  • Public Relations: Hosting, tours, events, meetings
  • Promotional: Events, contacts
  • Fostering: Help the animals that have a difficult time adjusting to life in a shelter
  • Fund Raising: Committee work, planning, events
  • Donor Dog Donation Bank Program: Maintain collections, solicit new businesses
  • Miscellaneous: General maintenance, grounds and animal housing maintenance and various areas requiring expertise.

Volunteer Sign-in - VicTouch

VICTOUCH – Sign in and out of an assignment at the shelter or on your smart phone with this link:

Volunteer Profile Portal - VicNet

VICNET – Update your profile information, manage your schedule and more at this link:

Volunteer Orientation Registration

Please complete this online registration form before you attend orientation. Orientations are held the second Saturday of every month from 9 – 11:00 am.  


Orientations are limited to 20 attendees. If the month you would like to attend is not listed, it is full.

Select Single or Family Discount

CHS Volunteer of the Month

October 2018

Susan Carey


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Say hello to October’s Volunteer of the Month at Cherryland Humane Society, Sue Carey, pictured here in the grey hoodie with staff and Billie the CHS office cat!

Sue has been a volunteer since November, 2017 and has helped countless animals make their way to their forever homes! She helps immensely with dog walking several days a week, veterinary transports and also takes care of two dogs of her own! Bell is an 11-year-old German Shorthair that she rescued from a shelter in New Jersey and she has a 4-year-old Coon Hound named Sweeney, rescued of course, from a shelter on Long Island.

After Cherryland Humane Society acquired animals from a hoarding case in Kingsley, Sue focused her attention on helping rehabilitate those that need her the most, all while continuing her other duties as a CHS volunteer.

Before Sue she made her way to Traverse City a few years ago she achieved a degree in Theatre and was a sign language interpreter for a K-12 school in NY!

Sue has been invaluable to the staff and animals at CHS! If you see her beautiful smiling face please tell her congratulations and job well done!