STEPS Volunteer Program Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteer service at the Columbus Humane. Please complete the items below so that we may get to know more about you and your interests.


STEPS is a competitive program and completion of th is application does not guarantee admission.

This application must be submitted 3 weeks prior to the program start date.

The STEPS program consists of 16 hours of curriculum followed by 5 hours of volunteering with a mentor. There are two track options from which to choose. Please note that once you are accepted into a class, you may only attend the scheduled sessions for that particular class. Attendance at each session is mandatory for completion of the program and graduation into our volunteer program.

STEPS Volunteer Program

For which class are you applying? 4 Tuesday Evenings (4:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
4 Saturday Mornings (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
First Available

About You

Volunteers ages 12-15 must have an adult volunteer partner (21 or older) with whom they attend classes and volunteering in order to be eligible to participate in the Junior Volunteer program. Both the junior volunteer and the adult volunteer partner need to fill out an application. All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a completed “Junior & Teen Volunteer Waiver of Liability & Release” form on file to participate in the STEPS program (form available on our website).
For which program are you applying? Adult Volunteer (ages 18 and up)
Teen Volunteer (ages 16-17)
Junior Volunteer (ages 12-15)*adult volunteer must submit an application too

Please tell us why you are interested in volunteering with Columbus Humane*:
Please check all that apply I am prevet or student looking for hands-on experience with animals
I am student requiring service hours

I am an offender requiring community service hours

Please mark the selections in which you have experience and/or interest
Interest Experience Skill
Dog Care
Dog Training
Cat Care
Rabbit Care
Customer Care
Special Events
Veterinary Services
Other: See Below

Please tell us more about your interests and experiences indicated above:

Excluding traffic violations, have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense?*
Yes No

Does your employer offer a matching program for service hours or donations?*
Yes No

Emergency Contact Information

Volunteer Waiver

I agree to serve as a member of the volunteer team at the discretion of the Columbus Humane, and to abide by the policies and procedures as explained to me by Columbus Humane during any volunteer training, activity or communication. I understand that my picture or image may be taken when I am doing volunteer work for Columbus Humane and used for promotional activities. I understand that I will receive no compensation for giving this permission. I understand that because I may handle animals, I am at risk for zoonotic illness and it is important to discuss being vaccinated against potential diseases such as tetanus with my physician. I understand that there are risks and hazards working with animals. I assume those willingly and agree to hold Columbus Humane harmless in the event of accident or injury. I understand animals can bite, scratch or otherwise injure me or others while I am volunteering or on the CHS premises preparing to volunteer or just having completed volunteering and I knowingly assume the risk of injury or sickness and I hold harmless and waive any all of my rights against CHS and its employees, officers, veterinarians, agents, Board of Directors and Executive staff for any injury or sickness, known our unknown, which may develop now or in the future. I certify and warrant that I am in good physical condition and able to participate in the above activities, and I agree to do so at my own risk. I expressly agree and acknowledge that my participation is as a volunteer and not as an employee of the Columbus Humane and that I understand and agree that I shall not accrue nor shall I be entitled to any Columbus Humane employee benefits or other incidents of employment by virtue of this agreement. It is the policy of Columbus Humane to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or sexual preference.

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