We look forward to having you join our team of humane education volunteers!  Outlined in this training guide are the general policies and procedures of the Suffolk Humane Society’s Humane Education Program. Additional information, as well as changes to policies and procedure, will be distributed as warranted.

The Suffolk Humane Society would not be able to function without our volunteers. Suffolk Humane Society and the animals in our community appreciate your time. I hope giving your time and talents to our program will reward you!

Sara Johnston
President, Suffolk Humane Society Board of Directors

Important Suffolk Humane Society Information

Founded in 2007, Suffolk Humane Society is a non-profit organization that is managed by volunteers and funded by private donors. It has limited paid staff and it does not receive government subsidies. Suffolk Humane Society does not own a shelter and currently supports the animals sheltered by Suffolk Animal Care Center.

The Mission of Suffolk Humane Society is to end euthanasia as a means to control pet overpopulation in Suffolk. To achieve this goal, Suffolk Humane Society is focused on adoption, spay/neuter programs, and humane education.


412 Kings Fork Road
Suffolk, VA 23434

Office Hours:

Monday: 10:00- 4:00
Tuesday: 10:00- 4:00
Wednesday: 10:00- 4:00
Thursday: 10:00- 4:00
Friday 10:00- 4:00

Phone Number: (757) 538-3030

Website: www.suffolkhumanesociety.com

Suffolk Humane Society Humane Education Program Policies and Procedures

Using the following guidelines, volunteers will be ambassadors of our humane education program in schools, meetings and other community gatherings.

1. Be friendly.    You are an ambassador for Suffolk Humane Society. Lasting impressions will be made and your calm, professional appearance will be remembered in our community.
2. Listen.     People will have many questions. Think about what you will say before you answer and do not answer questions that you do not know the answer to.
3. Educate.    There will be many different opinions in our community. Do not jump to conclusions or argue; instead, try to educate people on our humane principles.
4. Refrain.    Do not offer unsolicited opinions or try to make people feel bad about their life choices. Educating people is the key to change, not making enemies.

Please fill our our Volunteer Application.