People can help their local humane society by volunteering at an animal shelter or on a rescue and response team, organizing community events, and by making monetary donations, according to The Humane Society of the United States. Internships and employment opportunities are also offered by the society.
Potential volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have a tetanus immunization and complete online courses prior to approval. Volunteers working at animal shelters carry out duties including cleaning cages, feeding and watering, and interacting with the animals. Volunteers with veterinary certifications may help on-site vets with examinations, keeping records and administering medication when necessary. Animal rescue volunteers assist the humane society rescue team with saving animals that have been subject to abuse or natural disasters. Those who are unable to volunteer time, but would still like to contribute, can make tax-deductible donations by mailing a check or by making a payment online via credit card or PayPal.
The Humane Society of the United States is a nonprofit national organization that provides rescued animals with shelter and veterinary care while also advocating a variety public policy campaigns including opposition to puppy mills, dog fighting, seal hunting and factory farming. The organization's funding is based primarily on grants, donations and dues from more than 10 million members, as of 2015. The society is affiliated with the Humane Society International, according to Encyclopedia Brittanica.