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volunteering with nhpr

Are you looking to support NHPR's important work, but can't foster or adopt at this time? Our volunteer program is a great way to donate your time and get involved!​


what do our volunteers do?


foster & respite

Sometimes, our volunteers are also on our foster team - other times they can help support our foster families as "respite" homes, taking animals temporarily while foster families are away, on vacation, etc.



Our volunteers help with our transport to and from shelters across the country. They help us walk and care for the dogs in transit, unload once we arrive back in MI, and connect with our foster families upon arrival.



During our adoption events, we rely on our volunteers to help us care for the adoptable animals who are waiting for their forever homes, as well as sell NHPR merchandise, set up and tear down, etc.


shelter work

Our volunteers also come with NHPR when we volunteer at other animal shelters across the state.

becoming a nhpr volunteer

Are you ready to begin your journey volunteer with NHPR? We are so excited to welcome you to our passionate crew! To get started, you'll need to complete the following:

volunteer application

Your application helps us assess how you'll best support our volunteer team, your age, etc. This information will help us ensure you're a great match.

liability release & waiver

Once you complete your volunteer application, we ask that you complete this liability release, publicity release, and hold harmless form.

*Once you complete your application and send our team the signed liability release and volunteer contract, we will review everything and reach out to you to let you know if you've been approved. Once approved, you'll be added to our private NHPR volunteer community. Questions or concerns about our volunteer process? Contact us at

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