Volunteers play an important role at EBHS as they allow us to offer high-quality care to our animals while helping to contain costs. Volunteers can be found in all aspects of our organization, from those who assist with special events to those who work hand-in-hand with our staff. Currently, we have over 100 volunteers that help with everything from caring for cats, to walking, bathing and socializing dogs, to assisting with customer relations needs, to helping with general building maintenance, to representing EBHS as a brand ambassador.

Please note that our volunteers work only during our open hours which are Monday through Friday 8 AM – 6 PM and on weekends starting at 9 AM – 5 PM. We do have opportunities outside of those hours at special events for the shelter, usually at off-site locations.

Volunteers must complete an orientation and training session in the area they wish to specialize in before they officially begin as a volunteer.

Volunteer Age Requirements are as follows:

  • Over 18 years old, Volunteer: No restrictions
  • Ages 16-17, Youth Volunteer: May help in all areas except: dog walking & socialization, brand ambassador, dog bather/groomer, customer relations, foster, handyman and transporter. Must have parent or legal guardian consent to volunteer but may volunteer without the parent/legal guardian being present.
  • Ages 12-15, Parent/Youth Team: May volunteer with parent/legal guardian supervision at all times. Can volunteer as a small animal care specialist, cat care & socialization, housekeeping helper, re-feeder and dog & cat enrichment.

Check out a complete list of Volunteer Opportunities below:

Animal Transport

Birthday Party Leader

Brand Ambassador

Cat Care & Socialization

Customer Relations

Dog & Cat Enrichment

Dog Walking & Socialization

Graphic Design

Housekeeping Helper

PetSmart Cat Care


Small Animal Care Specialist

Special Event Volunteer


Group Volunteers

We have several opportunities for groups to volunteer at EBHS. Because group volunteers do not attend formal volunteer orientation or receive required small group training, you will not work directly with the animals. Rather, projects such as grounds keeping, clean-up projects and volunteering at events and other special projects.

How to Apply to be a Volunteer

Complete the appropriate application below and send to Becky Tetzlaff, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, via email at becky@ebhs.org, fax at 262-782-3356, or mail to 20950 Enterprise Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53045.  If sending via email, please open the appropriate file, save the file to your computer, complete and save the application, and email the application.

Volunteer Application

Community Service Volunteer Application

Not in a Position to Volunteer?

Please visit our How to Help page on this website.