Service Agencies that Work with Animals


Humane Society of Saint Joseph County

Phone: (574) 255-4726


Background:Incorporated in 1886, The St. Joseph County Humane Society is one of Indiana's oldest service organizations and still the area's largest animal care facility. Servicing the greater St. Joseph County region and multiple municipalities, the HSSJC sees over 7,200 animals each year. Providing a vast array of community services and educational programs the Humane Society of St. Joseph County truly looks to embody it's motto of "WE CARE" on many levels.

Volunteers: There are many opportunities to help out at the Humane Society. Visit our Website and click on the volunteering tab for more information. Training is required and provided for all volunteers.

Pet Refuge

Phone: (574) 231-1122


Background: Pet Refuge is a not-for-profit "no-kill" animal shelter run by volunteers for the placement of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes.

Volunteers: Please visit our wesbite and click on the volunteers tab on the home page for more information.


Potawatomi Zoo

Phone: (574) 235-9800


Volunteers: The Potawatomi Zoo has many opportunities for students to volunteer. Volunteers can be trained to give presentations to the zoo's visitors about specific animals. Volunteers are also needed to help with special events and fund-raising. The zoo's veterinarian has opportunities for students to assist with projects such as environmental enrichment for the animals and to observe animal behavior.

Reins of Life

Phone: (574) 232-0853


Mission: To provide therapeutic horseback riding opportunities for people with disabilities; to promote mental, physical, emotional, and social growth of all involved; To educate the community regarding the benefits of riding as therapy, and the abilities of children and adults with disabilities; and to improve the attitudes of society toward persons with disabilities.

You can volunteer to be a horse leader or side walker during classes, help with ability maintenance, or be involved with horse care and feeding.