Make a Difference – Become a HSFN volunteer!
The Humane Society for Greater Nashua is committed to providing each volunteer with a rewarding and productive experience. We offer a well-structured volunteer program and a chance to make a difference in the lives of our animals. HSFN also provides all the necessary orientations, training, and support.
We are happy to accept volunteer applications from interested individuals who want to work with our animals. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to work with our cats and 18 years of age to work with our dogs. There are several animal care needs within HSFN that are typically fulfilled by volunteers who work with companion cats, dogs, and a variety of small mammals. To safely and effectively serve as a volunteer at the animal shelter, volunteers must possess certain physical, mental, and emotional capacities. Before completing a volunteer application, please review the essential capabilities document to ensure you are capable of performing tasks that may be asked of you.
After you have reviewed the essential capabilities document and you are confident that you are capable of fulfilling tasks that may be asked of you, you are now ready to complete a volunteer application and submit to the shelter for consideration. A determination will be made to best match your interests and abilities with our current volunteer openings. We also ask for a regular time commitment in your chosen volunteer position. Please contact Linda Rioux, Director of Volunteer Resources, with any volunteer questions at (603) 889-2275 ext. 25 or by email.
Community Service (primarily seasonal)
Have you been appointed Court Mandated Community Service hours? Volunteers will only be accepted if the individual plans on completing over 40 hours (or on an as-needed basis) at HSFN. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. After filling out this community service application, the applicant will be contacted by the Director of Volunteer Resources. Applicants are accepted only if certain requirements can be met and if there is availability at that time. We also require a copy of court documentation as well as a letter of intent stating your commitment to the hours.
Do you suffer from pet allergies, are too young to be a volunteer working with our animals, or want to help just once or twice a year on a specific fund raising event? There are other ways you can help! Please take our survey to become a member of our ACES team. ACES stands for our Ambassadors for Community Event Support and offers opportunities for things like wine tasting, tag days, and more! HSFN publishes an e-newsletter which contains upcoming events and volunteer opportunities- please sign up here to receive our updates.
Foster Care Families
We are always looking for families who are willing to open their home to pets who need a little extra time before going up for adoption. Fostering is a rewarding experience, and there are many different types of opportunities available. We often need homes for kittens where they can live until they are big enough to come into the shelter for adoption. During the Spring and Summer months there are usually a variety of ages that need foster homes; from newborn kittens who need to be bottle fed, to older kittens who just need to grow for another week or two, to a mom cat and her litter of kittens who just need somewhere quiet.
Occasionally there are also times when we need a foster home for a dog or cat with special circumstances too. For more information about fostering, please click to open and review our expectations of a foster family document. If you are interested in becoming a foster family, please click and download our foster volunteer application and mail or drop it off at the shelter when completed.