Youth Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in helping animals! There are so many ways that you can help animals every day. Download the BAHS Kids' Action Guide to get started today!

Notes to Consider for Youth Volunteers

  • Children ages 5-17 can volunteer in limited positions and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian – not an older sibling or friend - for all volunteering.
  • BAHS does not host youth group service projects or volunteer days on site, but groups can raise funds or collect supplies to donate to the animals. Projects may range from holding a bake sale to making animal toys to building benches. Groups should contact the volunteer coordinator directly to find out what the greatest needs are.

How to Apply for Youth Volunteers

  • The first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out a Volunteer Application. Due to the high volume of applications received it may take up to 14 days for your application to be approved.
  • Applications must be submitted by the parent or legal guardian. Other family members and birthdates should be listed on the application as well.
  • Once your application is approved, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with details about the Volunteer Orientation.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 920-469-3110 x117 or  

Read and Relax Program

This program is for children ages 5-17 to read out loud to the animals. Participants can choose to read to cats, dogs, or small animals in a quiet setting. Children ages 5-11 must be under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian supervising children ages 12-17 must stay on the premises but does not need to stay in the room with the child. Bean bag chairs and a selection of books are provided; however, children can also bring in a book of their choosing. The goal of this program is to socialize animals, reduce their anxiety, and help children develop their animal care and reading skills.

Please fill out the volunteer application here and list “read and relax” as the program if you are interested in participating.

Family Volunteer Program

Children ages 10-17 are invited to join our family program if a parent or legal guardian accompanies them when they volunteer. Families with children under 10-11 years of age may volunteer as Shelter Support but cannot interact with the animals. Families with children between 12-17 years of age may volunteer as dog docents, cat curators, or small animal ambassadors. Family program participants must follow the PAWS rules below. More information about PAWS guidelines will be provided during training.

A parent or guardian must complete the volunteer application and will be required to complete all training along with the child. Family members who do not attend training will not be permitted to volunteer. Click here to complete the volunteer application. 

  • P arents and kids stick together at all times
  • A dults hold leashes
  • W agging tails can mean many things
  • S helter pets are different than pets at home 

 CHAT Club

CHAT is an after school program for kids ages 8-12. Learn more about CHAT by clicking here.

Summer Camps

We have a variety of summer camps available for kids from 6 to 16 years of age. Be sure to sign up early. Space is limited.  Click here for details.

Become a Foster Family

BAHS foster families provide a temporary home for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in need. These families provide care to homeless animals that are either too young or sick to be adopted right away; giving them a chance to recover and grow up in a safe, low stress environment, while the foster families have lots of fun! Learn more about foster care and get started today.


What could be better than spending the day walking through the beautiful Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary trails? Spending a day walking the trails with lots of dogs – while helping the animals at BAHS!
Every summer petwalk raises thousands of dollars for BAHS animals. You can join in on the fun with friends and family, by raising money and walking in the event!  You don’t even need to have a dog pal. But if you do, bring ‘em out and have a blast! To learn more, check out our upcoming events.

FUNdraiser or Gift Drive for Animals

As a nonprofit organization, BAHS is able to care for thousands of animals each year thanks to the kind donations from people just like you. You can help by organizing a FUNdraiser, having a Gift Drive, collecting animal supplies, or all three! Download the BAHS Kids' Action Guide above for details. 

Donate Your Day and Have the Most FUN

You can donate supplies, you can donate your time, but have you ever heard of donating your day? Each year, BAHS receives donations from very generous kids who decide to ask for donations to help animals instead of presents for their birthday, Bar Mitzvah (or Bat Mitzvah). Here are a few other ideas as well. 

  • Bake Some Treats
  • You can also help by holding a Bake Sale for Dogs. A bake sale is good, but a bake sale for dogs is even better!
  • Host a movie night for animals
  • Invite friends and family to a movie night with an “admission fee” to be donated to BAHS.
  • Gift drive for animals

BAHS cares for thousands of animals in need every year, and it takes a lot of supplies! By organizing a gift drive and donating items from our wish list, you will help animals directly. You can also print out BAHS flyers to decorate you collection boxes.

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