Basic Animal Care

From snuggling to cleaning, help is always needed in our kennels! Daily needs include, but certainly are not limited too:

  • Socializing/Individual Time with the Cats and Dogs
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Cleaning Kennels and Living Areas
  • Potty Breaks (Dogs) and Scooping Litter (Cats)
  • Grooming
  • Taking Photos
  • Exploring our wooded Trails (Dogs)

Play Groups- Dogs Playing for Life!


Dogs have a natural desire to play. We try to allow the dog to express this as much as possible. Not only is it fun for them, but it is beneficial too! Play groups allow dogs to:

  • Burn Off Stress and Energy
  • Appear More Calm and Relaxed in their Kennels
  • Learn Critical Dog-to-Dog Social Skills
  • Become Happier, Healthier, Well-Adjusted Dogs

It's a lot of fun for volunteers, and also serves as a tool to help us better match dogs with their forever families!


Adoption Events

Muskegon Humane Society's regularly scheduled adoption events are:

  • PetSmart (Sherman Blvd., Muskegon) - 1st Saturday of the Month
  • Chow Hound (Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven) - 2nd Saturday of the Month
  • PetSmart (Sherman Blvd., Muskegon) - 3rd Saturday of the Month
  • Pet Supplies Plus (12579 Felch St, Holland,) - 4th Saturday of the Month

During adoption events volunteers allow people to meet with animals and provide them with information about the shelter. We are actively looking to expand our event team!

Dog Training


Explore the Open Paw program with our training team and learn how you can help the dogs in our care be successful in their new homes! Teach them skills such as:

  • Basic Manners 
  • Increasing Confidence
  • Conditioning to a Home-Like Environment

All of these options and more are available to you as a volunteer! Our staff is always open to questions, comments and suggestions so please feel free to reach out to us about any of our current programs.

You may either print and mail the application to the shelter or attached to an email (Subject: Volunteer Application) addressed to volunteers@muskegonhumanesociety.org.

Words from our Volunteers...

An organization truly dedicated to the animals it serves.
— Kendra Higgins
Volunteered for a course, and never left. Proud to serve such an organization.
— Becca Chang
The cleanest shelter I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
— Matt Willis