Get involved



Volunteers are the life-blood of our organization.  We simply can't do what we do without you!  There are many ways to be involved:  helping with morning or afternoon cleaning, laundry, Sparkle Crew (cleaning and organizing), yard and facilities maintenance, socializing animals and helping with events.

How do you get started?  Complete the Volunteer Application and let us know what you're interested in.  Drop off  your application at the shelter at 1150 Nelson Parkway, Viroqua, WI.  You can also email your application to

All volunteers must attend an orientation.  Volunteer Orientation is held the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the shelter.  If you are under the age of 16 you must attend orientation with a legal guardian/parent.  Youth volunteers age 16 and older may volunteer without supervision.  Those under 16 must volunteer with their guardian or a responsible adult volunteer.

For reference, our volunteer materials are posted here.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Handbook


Because we rely so heavily on donations, it is important for us to maintain a positive presence in the community.  We rely on volunteers to help us with social media, advertising, the website, press releases and word of mouth recommendations.  Please call us so we can identify our specific needs.


Fundraising is an ongoing part of our business.  We understand that in a small community it's difficult to keep asking for money, so we try to be very creative in our fundraising projects.  We welcome any ideas and appreciate any help in planning, organizing and implementing our fundraiser events.




There are a number of reasons animals may need foster care, including animals too young for adoption, nursing moms with a litter, supportive health care, post-surgery recovery and temporary homes for animals whose owners are fleeing domestic violence.  We also offer unique opportunities for more experienced foster volunteers, such as caring for pregnant dogs.

The basic supplies you will need to care for foster animals (food, medications, kennels, toys, etc.) are provided, as well as training and care instructions. Vet techs and behaviorists can also offer their help if needed.

Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, and it changes animals’ lives in a very direct way. Your act of kindness is repaid in rewards that are beyond words. Plus, animals in foster care create space in the shelter to accommodate other homeless animals that need our help, too.

If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, get started by filling out the Foster Application.


The Driftless Humane Society receives no federal, state, or local government funding. Almost 100% percent of our operating budget comes from people like you. Without your help, we would not be able to make a positive difference in the lives of people and pets.

Ways to give

There are many ways you can support the programs and services at the Driftless Humane Society and help homeless animals get a second chance. Here are just a few:

Make a monthly sustaining or one-time gift

Make a gift in honor of a specific person or pet

Include us in your will or estate plan

Make a stock gift

Donate to our wish list

Participate in fundraising opportunities

If you prefer to make a contribution by postal mail, you may download this form, print it out, and send the completed form with your enclosed contribution to:

Driftless Humane Society, 1150 Nelson Parkway, Viroqua, WI  54665


.Our animals require regular grooming that includes bathing, brushing ear cleaning and nail clipping.  We'll give you a training session on how to provide these services.  

When I adopted Hermann, my 1 year old Bichon Frise, I was worried my family wouldn’t want a dog. Today, my mom said Hermann couldn’t go to work with me because they had a date to work in the garden. Hermann is the love of our lives!
— Maddie