Harbor Humane Society

Our missionTo provide a safe harbor for animals entrusted to our care as we strive to secure their future through outreach and educational programs.
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When thinking about becoming a volunteer here, we ask for a commitment of at least 6 months, with a minimum of 5 hours per month. Those that are under the age of 16 are asked that they sign up to volunteer with a parent/guardian that has also attended our orientation. If you are passionate about saving homeless animalsโ€™ lives and feel like you can make the requested time commitment, the next step is to sign up for volunteer orientation.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends


Every year Harbor hosts a multitude of events that you can be a part of. We do everything from small 3rd party events at breweries to large affairs like our โ€˜Ales for Talesโ€™ fundraiser. If you have a knack event planning and want to be a part of an amazing team email our development director.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Volunteer Groups

Interested in bringing a group to volunteer at Harbor Humane? Awesome! The last Thursday of every month, we allow volunteers from outside groups and organizations to come out and join us for a day of service. From weeding out kennels to painting, we have so much that needs to be done so that we can provide our animals with the most love and care possible.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Evenings
How you helpThe life saving work we do could not be possible without the love and commitment of our volunteers.
About usHarbor Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter located in West Olive, MI. Founded in 1956 as Ottawa Shores Humane Society, we have been serving our west Michigan community and beyond for over 50 years and we hold the municipal contract for Ottawa County. On average, over 3,500 animals enter our facility each year as strays, animals transferred in, and owner surrenders.
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