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Due to the large amount of interest and inability to safely social distance during training, Cedar Bend Humane Society has made the decision to postpone our new volunteer orientation and yearly training until at least January 1st, 2021. Those interested in joining the volunteer program are encouraged to submit an application to receive email notifications when the dates have been rescheduled.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we get through this difficult time. Volunteers are a crucial part in the care of the hundreds of animals at CBHS, and we hope we be able to resume the program soon!

Current volunteers will be able to volunteer by sign-ups ONLY. Sign-ups will close at 8:00AM each morning. In order to reduce the number of people in the Adoption Building at any given time, we will be allowing one dog walker, cat companion, field trip, and extra assistance volunteer to sign up per time slot. If you show up without signing up, you will be asked to schedule yourself for a different day. 

Please follow these safety guidelines while at CBHS:

**Come in through the SIDE DOOR**
-Wash your hands upon arriving
-Stop at the front desk to have your temperature taken before signing in
-Wear a mask if you are inside the building
-Follow a 6ft social distancing guideline

Please DO NOT sign up to volunteer if you:
-Have any symptoms of illness such as a fever or cough
-Have been exposed to COVID-19
-Have traveled outside of the country in the past 14 days

Become a Volunteer!

Volunteers make it possible for us to provide extra love, exercise, and attention to our “guests” while we find them their forever homes. The volunteer program needs animal lovers to help out with walking dogs, cleaning kennels and cat room litter boxes during the week, primarily 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and working events in the community on a need basis helping to raise awareness about adoption animals. Further inquiries and questions or to set up a time to train, please email cbhsvolunteer@gmail.com or submit an application.


  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Children between 10 and 15 can volunteer with a parent or legal guardian volunteer who has signed up and attended the volunteer orientation.
  • If you are not yet 16 years old, but are wanting to donate your time to help the animals, here are some ways you can get involved:

    • Spend time in our cat rooms, brushing and socializing with cats
    • Make dog and cat treats/toys and bring them to the shelter to hand out
    • Decorate kennel cards for our dogs in the adoption center
    • Collect donations from our wish list to give to the cats, dogs, and other critters here at the Cedar Bend Humane Society
  • Anyone under 18 must have a Waiver of Liability signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

Steps to Become an Volunteer:

  1. Fill out the on-line Volunteer Application.
  2. Social Media and Electronic Disclosure of Information
  3. Pay a $20.00 volunteer fee. The fee helps to cover the cost of volunteer t-shirts, training materials, and maintaining the volunteer database.
  4. To ensure consistency we ask everyone interested in being a volunteer to first participate in the orientation / training session. Training time will run about 1.5 hours. Training orientations are available quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

Why is training required?

Training helps give consistent care and attention to the animals at the shelter and helps to adequately care for animals with behavioral issues or medical needs.

Are there time requirements?

We ask volunteers to give at least 2 hours every month. Our on-line scheduling allows you to sign up for specific times and events.

Group Volunteering

Volunteering as a group at the Cedar Bend Humane Society is a fun team building experience as well as a way to give back to your community. Group volunteers do activities such as filling bags for PAWS pantry, sorting our donated pop cans and bottles, and other various tasks around the shelter.

Please click here to fill out a Cedar Bend Humane Society Visit/Request Form if you are interested in volunteering as a group, having an event at CBHS, or requesting that CBHS visit your school or business.

Dog Field Trips 

Give a pup a relaxing day away from the shelter! Active CBHS volunteers are able to take a dog for a field trip to parks, trails, and other fun adventures. Volunteers must fill out the required form and gain prior approval. Field trips are allowed Sunday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm. 

Click here to download the Dog Field Trip PDF!

We hope you enjoy your experience as a Cedar Bend Humane Society volunteer! 

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1166 West Airline Highway 
Waterloo, IA 50703-9634


Adoption Center Hours
Open Tues. - Sun., 9am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays
Closed 12pm - 1pm


Intake Center Hours
Open seven days a week,
9am - 5pm 
Closed 12pm - 1pm


Animal Control 
Open Mon. - Fri., 8am - 5pm