Humane Society of Westchester

The Humane Society of Westchester, founded in 1911 as the New Rochelle Humane Society, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the human/animal bond through the compassionate care and treatment of animals throughout the communities we serve in Westchester County and beyond. To that end, our goal is to create a living environment that is not just a shelter, but a transitional home for stray, lost, abandoned, injured, and abused animals, until they can ultimately be placed in loving permanent homes. Through promotion of successful pet adoption, animal population control, and public education of animal welfare issues, we advance our belief that pet ownership is a lifetime commitment.

We service 19 communities in Westchester County including Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Larchmont, Town of Mamaroneck, Village of Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Rye Brook, City of Rye, Scarsdale and Tarrytown.

The Humane Society of Westchester relies on volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks around the shelter and in the communities we serve. Without these dedicated individuals, we would not be able to accomplish all that we do.

There are several ways you can make a difference in the lives of homeless pets by becoming a Humane Society of Westchester volunteer! We welcome Adult Volunteers (ages 18 and older), Junior Volunteers (ages 14 to 17 years of age), and Family Volunteers (parents/legal guardians with children ages 10 to 13, Junior Volunteers with physical, emotional or developmental conditions including those on the autism spectrum, and adults who have legal guardians.). Each group has a program designed for them with different orientations and guidelines.