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Our Locations

HSCO Shelter:
61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR  97702
541/382-3537
Open M-F 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays & major holidays
HSCO Thrift Store:
61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR  97702
541/388-3448
Open M-Sat. 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Donations Accepted:
Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

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Student Opportunities

There are many ways students can offer their skills and passion to help the animals. Age requirements are as follows:
9 years old: Minimum age to volunteer at the Shelter.
9-15 years old: Must be actively accompanied by an adult at the Shelter.
16 years old: Minimum age to volunteer at the Thrift Store and able to volunteer without adult supervision with Management approval.

Opportunities are available whether you can commit to the long term program or if you just need a few hours to fulfill school-directed community service. Some programs require training and some do not. Below is a snapshot of 3 Options with descriptions to follow.

OPTION 1 – YES, I can commit to the traditional volunteer program:

Apply here to the traditional HSCO Volunteer Program Participation in this program requires a minimum commitment of six (6) months and two (2) hours of service per week. In addition to the requirements listed in the table above, please note the following:

  • Both student and adult must commit to the time requirements and attend all training
  • Student is responsible for a $15 on-board fee
  • Adult Supervisor is responsible for a $25 on-board fee and must submit a background check
  • Volunteer Orientation and job specific training are required components. These are generally held 1-2 times per month.

To participate in this program, both the student and adult (if applicable) should fill out the ‘HSCO Shelter Volunteer Application” by clicking the link above. Applications are reviewed and accepted based upon Shelter needs and the ability to match volunteers to those needs. If you are 16+, you can also fill out the Thrift Store Application HERE.

OPTION 2 – NO, I cannot commit long term, but I do want to volunteer in some way:

Apply to participate in Tales for Tails. This is a reading program where students are able to read to our shelter animals. Dogs are read to outside of the kennel and cats are read to inside of a private room. This program does not have a minimum number of hours for participation, but it does require adult supervision. In addition to the requirements listed in the table above, please note the following:

  • The student must complete an application.
  • The adult must fill out a separate application. The adult will be required to submit a background check. If more than one adult will be supervising, each individual must fill out a separate application and complete the background check.
  • Adult(s) is responsible for a $10 on-board fee to cover the background check.
  • Program specific training is a required component for both the student and adult who will be accompanying them.

To participate in this program, please complete the ‘Tales for Tails Application” by clicking the link above. Applications are reviewed and accepted based upon Shelter needs.

OPTION 3 – Get involved and help shelter animals from home by participating in our Craft and Supply Drives:

We understand that schedules are busy and that not all students and adult supervisors will be able to meet the traditional or Tales for Tails requirements. However, they can still help by completing any of the projects in our activity book.

  • Each activity has pre-determined hours assigned to it.
  • The Volunteer Management team will sign off on those hours when you bring your completed activity to the shelter.
  • Projects vary from making catnip cat toys to organizing a supply drive for the animals.

To participate in this program, please download our “Crafts & Supply Drives for the Animals” book to discover ways you can help the animals from home.

Please call Billie or Gillian @ 541-382-3537 if you have questions about Student Opportunities and to arrange a time to drop off a project and get service hours signed.

Thank you for your support of HSCO and the animals!

Student Opportunities

There are many ways students can offer their skills and passion to help the animals. Age requirements are as follows:
9 years old: Minimum age to volunteer at the Shelter.
9-15 years old: Must be actively accompanied by an adult at the Shelter.
16 years old: Minimum age to volunteer at the Thrift Store and able to volunteer without adult supervision with Management approval.

Opportunities are available whether you can commit to the long term program or if you just need a few hours to fulfill school-directed community service. Some programs require training and some do not. Below is a snapshot of 3 Options with descriptions to follow.

OPTION 1 – YES, I can commit to the traditional volunteer program:

Apply here to the traditional HSCO Volunteer Program Participation in this program requires a minimum commitment of six (6) months and two (2) hours of service per week. In addition to the requirements listed in the table above, please note the following:

  • Both student and adult must commit to the time requirements and attend all training
  • Student is responsible for a $15 on-board fee
  • Adult Supervisor is responsible for a $25 on-board fee and must submit a background check
  • Volunteer Orientation and job specific training are required components. These are generally held 1-2 times per month.

To participate in this program, both the student and adult (if applicable) should fill out the ‘HSCO Shelter Volunteer Application” by clicking the link above. Applications are reviewed and accepted based upon Shelter needs and the ability to match volunteers to those needs. If you are 16+, you can also fill out the Thrift Store Application HERE.

OPTION 2 – NO, I cannot commit long term, but I do want to volunteer in some way:

Apply to participate in Tales for Tails. This is a reading program where students are able to read to our shelter animals. Dogs are read to outside of the kennel and cats are read to inside of a private room. This program does not have a minimum number of hours for participation, but it does require adult supervision. In addition to the requirements listed in the table above, please note the following:

  • The student must complete an application.
  • The adult does not need to fill out a separate application. However, the adult will be required to submit a background check.
  • Volunteer Orientation and program specific training are required components for both the student and adult who will be accompanying them.

To participate in this program, please complete the ‘Tales for Tails Application” by clicking the link above. Applications are reviewed and accepted based upon Shelter needs.

OPTION 3 – Get involved and help shelter animals from home by participating in our Craft and Supply Drives:

We understand that schedules are busy and that not all students and adult supervisors will be able to meet the traditional or Tales for Tails requirements. However, they can still help by completing any of the projects in our activity book.

• Each activity has pre-determined hours assigned to it.
• The Volunteer Management team will sign off on those hours when you bring your completed activity to the shelter.
• Projects vary from making catnip cat toys to organizing a supply drive for the animals.

To participate in this program, please download our “Crafts & Supply Drives for the Animals” book to discover ways you can help the animals from home.

Please call Billie or Gillian @ 541-382-3537 if you have questions about Student Opportunities and to arrange a time to drop off a project and get service hours signed.

Thank you for your support of HSCO and the animals!

Our Locations

HSCO Shelter:
61170 S.E. 27th St.
Bend, OR  97702
541/382-3537
Open M-F 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays & major holidays
HSCO Thrift Store:
61220 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR  97702
541/388-3448
Open M-Sat. 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Donations Accepted:
Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

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