Geauga Humane Society's
Rescue Village
15463 Chillicothe Rd.
Russell Twp., OH 44072
fax 440.338.4855


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Rescue Village relies on hundreds of volunteers every year to keep our life-saving programs running strong.


URGENT NEED FOR FOSTER FAMILIES! to learn more, click here


Group volunteers needed -- Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21st

We are looking for groups of volunteers to assist with setup at Holden Arboretum the day before Woofstock on Saturday (9-1pm) and breakdown after Woofstock on Sunday (3-5pm). This is a great opportunity for team-building and group service hours. Call 440-338-4819 x 49 for more information.

age requirements

Individuals 16 and over may apply to train for an animal care volunteer position.

Students ages 8-15 can volunteer with an adult partner through our JR TLC Teams. These student/adult teams focus on animal enrichment (ages 8-11) and socialization of cats, dogs, and/or small animals like rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs (ages 12-15).

Community service positions in housekeeping and shelter maintenance are reserved for individuals age 21 and older who have court-ordered service hours to complete.


training requirements

Animal care volunteers have the following training requirements:

  • Animal Care Class
  • On the job training with a mentor volunteer (typically two shifts at two hours each) for each volunteer level

Shelter volunteers are asked to commit to a regular weekly shift of two hours.

A-CERT dfsafafadfafafasadfafdasdf(Animal Community Response Team)

The Geauga County Dept. of Emergency Services, Geauga County Dog Warden's Dept. and Geauga Humane Society have partnered to form the A-CERT program.


Animal Community Emergency Response Team is a team of volunteers, through training prepares you to help yourself, family, and your neighbors and the animals in the community in the event of a disaster.


A-CERT may help by:


  • Giving immediate assistance in animal resources
  • Providing animal needs assessment info
  • Organizing and coordinate A-CERT response teams
  • Establish and staff emergency animal evacuation shelters
  • Assist with and coordinate animal & owner evacuations
  • Reunite lost animals with their owners
  • Promote animal emergency preparedness

Click here to view the Fall 2014 Schedule

By becoming a trained A-CERT volunteer you will acquire the skills necessary to rescue, capture, shelter & save the lives of animals in the event of a disaster.



Standard Operating Guidelines.


For more information, or if you are interested in becoming an

A-CERT member, please call Ken Folson of the EMA at 440-279-2173.