STEPS Program

Are you interested in volunteering for Columbus Humane?

Not only will you learn about animals and get lots of licks and tail wags, but you will also meet others who share similar interests.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Dog Care
  • Dog Training
  • Cat Care
  • Rabbit Care
  • Greeting
  • Administrative Assistance
  • Special Events
  • And more!

Completion of our Skills Training, Engagement and Practice for Success (STEPS) program is required to become a regular volunteer with the Columbus Humane Society.  Designed for adults and students ages 12 and up, STEPS consists of 21 hours of classroom, clinic and mentored learning about the fundamentals of caring for animals as well as the mission and philosophies of the Columbus Humane Society.  Applications for STEPS are available by clicking on the link below or you can pick one up at the shelter.  These are competitive applications and space is limited, so submitting an application does not automatically mean you are in the class. 
The STEPS program is proudly sponsored by Schoedinger Pet Services.  Thanks to their support, each STEPS class participant receives a training manual, volunteer t-shirt and photo ID badge. We ask all incoming volunteers to make a one-time mission investment of $30. All participants choose a program area to receive their personal investment.


Applications (students age 12-15 must have an adult also fill out an application as well as waiver for their student and attend all sessions and volunteer with them. Students 16-17 must have parent or guardian fill out waiver.)

All STEPS classes have been filled for the year and applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check back in Early December for new class dates and to apply.

2018 STEPS Classes:

1/27 through 2/17 (Saturdays) - FULL
3/6 through 3/27 (Tuesdays) - FULL
4/21 through 5/12 (Saturdays) - FULL
6/5 through 6/26 (Tuesdays) - FULL

8/4 through 8/25 (Saturdays) - FULL

10/27 through 11/16 (Saturdays) - FULL

*Please note that junior volunteers, ages 12-15, will need a parent or guardian to fill out a separate application on their behalf, attend the STEPS training, and accompany their junior volunteer at all times.


*Waivers will be signed on the first day of class.

Volunteer Information Center (login for current volunteers)

Are you interested in helping out at Columbus Humane just once?

If you are part of an organization or business that would like to set up a "one time" volunteer experience, please complete and submit the following form with preferred date and time slot:

Unfortunately, all remaining dates for 2018 are filled. Please check back later.

2018 Dates and Available Times - 10-Noon, 12:30-2:30, 3-5

January 4 - FULL

February 15 - FULL

March 15 - FULL

April 19 - FULL

May 17 - FULL

June 21 - FULL

August 16 - FULL

September 20 - FULL

October 18 - FULL

November 15 - FULL

December 20 - FULL


For more information about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Office by email or by phone at (614)777-7387 ext. 249.

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