Cascades Humane Society

1515 Carmen Dr, Jackson, MI 49202
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Our mission To connect animals in need with people who care.

Cascades Humane Society

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Dog Walking

Dog walking is very important to the health of our dogs. This is when they get their exercise and use the bathroom. We try to get every adoptable dog out on a walk at least twice a day. This is a great time to reinforce good manners and teach our dogs some skills like sit, stay and heel. Dog Walker Training is required prior to walking dogs it is a 1-hour class which you are able to take after completing the required 10 hours of housekeeping.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Housekeeping

We require the help of many volunteers to keep our animals, their living spaces and our building clean. From sweeping and mopping to washing windows to laundry, we need volunteer help to keep CHS sparkling and beautiful for our animals.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Animal Care

Proper animal care is critical to the health and happiness of the animals in our care. Animal care includes cleaning the condos in the cat center, cleaning the kennels in the dog areas, walking the dogs, grooming cats and dogs, socializing and playing with the dogs, and playing with the cats. Animal care can be done any time the building is open. Volunteer time is best utilized for animal care, however, from 9 am – Noon and 4-6 pm. If you are interested in working directly with the animals, these are the most efficient times to do so.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Maintenance/Grounds

CHS appreciates volunteer help with minor building repairs. With a facility as large as ours, there is a great need for volunteers who are skilled in building maintenance and repair.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Greeter

Do you enjoy working with the public? CHS has a need for volunteers to greet and direct people as they come in to visit with the animals. Training will be provided onsite.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Foster Care

CHS relies on the love and homes of our foster care volunteers when an animal is not quite ready for adoption. Foster volunteers open their homes to kittens or puppies that need time to grow, pregnant or nursing cats or dogs that need a little extra attention, or an animal recovering from an illness or injury.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Special Events

CHS hosts special events and fundraisers throughout the year. While working at an event, you may set up CHS areas, staff an information booth, answer questions about the shelter, direct traffic through the event, and much more. If you love interacting with people, this is the perfect role for you.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Administrative/Office

If you like computers and office work, the CHS could use your skills. Tasks could include, but are not limited to helping with mailings, filing, data entry, making packets, etc.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Gardening Club

Please come and help us maintain our beautiful grounds. We have 5 spacious acres which include the Memorial Gardens, Paw Playground, Pond and Gazebo. If you love being outdoors this is a perfect opportunity for you. You do not need to be a Master Gardener to participate in our Garden Club.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends
About us In the late 1920’s, a woman name Virginia Lavender started an organization for the humane care of animals – a forerunner to today’s Cascades Humane Society. To our knowledge, at that time it was never formally incorporated. Virginia spent most of her time rescuing sick and injured animals, having them treated, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and placing them in homes. Most of the cost for the animals came out of her own pocket. Because of her example, the Animal Welfare League of Jackson, Inc. (now know as Cascades Humane Society) was organized and incorporated on January 23, 1952 by Kenneth Dunning and Edith Dunning (brother and sister) along with Gertrude Campbell, Betty Bishop, Phyllis Frye, and Janet Lindquist. This caring group of people created bylaws, held meetings, and kept animals that needed help in their homes.
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