2299 235th St., Oskaloosa, IA 52577

(641) 673-3991

smasadoptions@mahaska.org

We are always in need of volunteers to help us with our fundraisers, like our Gourmet Double Chocolate Caramel Apple fundraiser. Volunteers help us make over 1,000 of these delicious treats every year around Valentines Day!

We are always accepting new volunteers to help us out at the shelter, simply download and fill out the volunteer application above and bring it with you the first time you come to the shelter to volunteer.


In addition to helping out at the shelter, we rely heavily on volunteers to help us with our fundraising events. When we are looking for volunteers to help with a specific event or specialized task we post the need on the United Way of Mahaska County's Volunteer Mahaska page! To view opportunities to volunteer during one of our fundraisers or to view opportunities that require specific skills or knowledge click below!

volunteer opportunities

  • You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Volunteers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old. For liability purposes, we cannot make exceptions to this rule.


  • An application and waiver form must be completed prior to volunteering. The form must be signed by a parent for any volunteer under the age of 18. For your convenience, a volunteer application is available for you to download and bring out to the shelter with you the first time you volunteer.


  • Volunteers are never obligated to do tasks they are not comfortable doing. We will always try to work with you to find an activity that is appropriate for your level of experience and comfort


  • Volunteers do not have to sign up in advance for shifts. Simply come out to the shelter during normal business hours, sign in and let us know you're here, and get started!


Volunteer guidelines

  • You will discover skills you never knew you had, and may even be surprised what you are capable of achieving.


  • You will make the jobs of the shelter employees easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership.


  • Feel warm and fuzzy!  You will never find a more grateful and accepting friend than an animal you have comforted!


  • Keep good company.  You will make new friends, and not just the four-legged kind.  Working side by side with other animal lovers can forge lifelong friendships.


  • You will have the satisfaction of knowing that an animal that you loved and cared for has found a forever home.


  • Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent doing volunteer service.

benefits of volunteering

volunteering at the smas

Interested in volunteering? Download a volunteer application to complete and bring out with you the first time you visit us to volunteer!

Are you interested in helping homeless animals? Do you like to walk dogs, cuddle cats, or bathe puppies? Looking to lend a hand at one of our fundraisers? If you are looking for a truly rewarding volunteer experience that will make you AND some very deserving pets feel good, then we have just the opportunity you've been looking for- become a volunteer at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter!