Humane Society of Schuyler County

Volunteer Information

CATS/DOGS and Spay/Neuter Clinic: - 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865
HSSC Phone: (607) 594-2255 -  Fax: 845-501-3211 Email:
US Mail: PO Box 427 Montour Falls, New York 14865
Wags to Riches Store: 607.210.4263

What Do Volunteers Do? |

How Kids Can Help - Updated!

| Volunteer Spotlight | Volunteer Application/Waiver Agreement

What Do Volunteers Do?

The Humane Society needs you!  Are you an active person who loves cats? 

We are in great need of morning cat care volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers who can devote at least 2 hours twice a month. 

We need people to arrive by 8:30 am.  We scoop boxes, clean floors, dishes, windows, laundry, etc.   Must be able to lift 25 pounds, bend, kneel, etc - kinda like yoga with cats (well not quite).

We also spend time grooming, playing and socializing the cats/kittens.  Rewards include kitty cuddles, snacks, coffee/tea and tons of appreciation.

Call us at 594.2255 or send us an email or fill out one of our volunteer forms and either email it or US Mail it back to us.


Help at our Wags to Riches Thrift Boutique

The success of our store depends largely on volunteers like you. The more volunteers we have to staff the store the more hours we can be open.  Should you have any questions please contact us at 594-2255.

Do you have carpentry skills?

We need help building shelters for outdoor stray and feral cats. We also need help with the renovation projects at our new location in Montour Falls.  If you have carpentry skills, please check out this instruction manual for building warm shelters out of styrofoam.

Fundraising and PR Events

  • Earth Day
  • Cans for Cats
  • Rummage Sale
  • Montour Falls Fireman’s Parade
  • Cardboard Boat Race
  • Holiday Events
  • Photos with Santa at Pet Smart
  • Pancake Breakfast – Moose Lodge

Fostering cats and kittens

Adoption Days

  • Petsmart - we NEED people to spend a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays at the Ithaca PetsMart to show our cats/kittens to potential adoptors.  Please call us and leave a message on our answering machine if you could help.
  • Spay/Neuter Clinic
  • Special adoption Weekends

Cat Care – Feeding, cleaning and cuddling


  • Spay/Neuter Clinics 
  • Rabies Clinics


  • Spring and Fall Clean up Days
  • On-going maintenance: mowing, bush trimming, plant watering


  • Cats for Spay/neuter clinic
  • Cats to and from Petsmart       


  • Writing
  • Assembly
  • Distribution


  • Thank you letters
  • Special Mailings

Other Ways to Help

  • Fund a spay/neuter surgery for a low-income family
  • Become a feral cat colony caretaker

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How Kids Can Help - Children Volunteer Policy 

Volunteering is a great way to teach children about compassion and the need to lovingly and responsibly care for animals. 

With adult supervision, children under the age of 15 can help with fundraising events, make toys for the animals, collect redeemable cans/bottles, collect towels, and make popsicles for the dogs or treats for the cats. Children under 15 cannot be involved in direct animal care.

Children 8 through 12 years of age are able to participate in a reading-to-the-animals program when accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Children 15 through 17 years of age are welcome to work with cats/kittens (not dogs) at the discretion of the HSSC Board of Directors and as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 15 through 17 years of age can apply to volunteer without parental supervision (but not without HSSC staff supervision) by sending a letter to the HSSC Board of Directors addressing why they want to participate in animal care. The board will meet with the applicant and make a decision regarding volunteer placement at that time.

Children 18 years and older are welcome to volunteer in all capacities with appropriate training.

Volunteer Spotlight

This section will highlight our wonderful volunteers.  If you have had a good experience with an HSSC volunteer and would like to share it with us, please send us an email.

Please click HERE to download our Volunteer Application/Waiver in an interactive PDF Format. If you are not able to immediately fill out the application when the PDF file opens, save it to your computer, then reopen it.  Please let us know if you have any problems filling out this form online and emailing it back to us.

Note:  If you fill it out and save it to your computer, you must give it a new file name.  If you keep the 2015-01-01VolunteerApplication name you will lose all the information that you entered.

Volunteer Application Form (MS Word) - this must be completed by EVERY VOLUNTEER and mailed back to us.

Volunteer Liability Waiver Form (MS Word) - this must be completed by EVERY VOLUNTEER and mailed back to us.

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