We care for more than 8,000 animals annually and couldn't do it without our incredible community of 500 volunteers! From animal care and enrichment, to administrative support, assisting with adoptions, or lending a hand at ReTails Thrift Store our volunteers make an enormous difference in completing families every day.
Available Volunteer Positions
Volunteers are recruited based on specific needs, and these needs vary over time. Because our community loves animals, and we frequently receive more requests to volunteer than we have positions available.
What is a Foster Hero? They're the rare volunteer who has no kids and no animals living in their home. We are currently seeking foster placement for dogs in homes without kids or other animals. These dogs are often enthusiastic and active dogs who just need a break from the shelter life.
If you can offer a kid-free, animal-free home for a dog in need, complete the application below and a member of our team will be in touch.
At this time, only the above listed positions are available. Our wait list for all other positions is full. Please check back.
Thank you to our friends at Columbia River Veterinary Specialists for sponsoring our 2020 Volunteer Celebration.
We think Volunteering at HSSW is a great way to help animals in need. We're not the only ones! Hear from some HSSW volunteers about why they give their time and talent to support the animals.
Video courtesy of Cole McLester Productions.
An Award Winning Volunteer Program
HSSW is pleased to be certified by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as a Service Enterprise!
Achieving Service Enterprise certification is a prestigious accomplishment for an organization. In fact, organizations that certify join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. Certification signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically utilize volunteers to improve the performance of their organization. HSSW is proud to be the only certified Service Enterprise in the Pacific Northwest.