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Dog Training

Whether you're looking to teach your old dog new tricks or start your puppy out on the right paw, our trainers are here to help.

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ReTails Thrift Store

ReTails is your thrifting destination! And every purchase and every donation supports the dogs and cats of HSSW.

Volunteer

We Love Volunteers.

Make a Difference Today.

COVID-19 Update

Out of an abundance of caution, all volunteer orientations have been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers in the future.

Many current volunteer shifts are still needed to help provide care to the animals. Current volunteers, please contact [email protected] with questions.


We care for more than 8,000 animals annually and couldn't do it without our incredible volunteers! From animal care and enrichment, to administrative support, guest service, or lending a hand at ReTails Thrift Store - our volunteers enrich the lives of our animals and our community. 

HSSW is proud to be the only certified Service Enterprise program in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about this certification.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ready to lend a hand? Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

  • Adoption Center/Shelter

    It's People+Dogs+Cats! Volunteer support comes in lots of shapes and sizes. Daily, HSSW volunteers at the Adoption Center/Shelter provide care and enrichment to the animals, assist guests, help in our clinic, provide administrative support, and much more! 

    Available Positions

    • Dog Walking and Enrichment
    • Cat and Kitten Care
    • Administrative Support
    • Special Events
    • And more...

    Learn more about these positions and more! Click here. 

    Become a volunteer

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering with HSSW! Before joining our volunteer team, it's important to learn all about HSSW and available volunteer positions at one of our regular volunteer orientations.

    *Out of an abundance of caution, all volunteer orientations have been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers in the future.*

    Adult volunteers must: 

    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be able to commit to a six-month term with two hours of service per week.
    • Meet the requirements and scheduling availability for their chosen assignment.
    • Complete all required training prior to starting their volunteer service.
  • ReTails Thrift Store

    ReTails is more than just a thrift store, it's an experience! Named Best Thrift Store in 2017, 2018 and 2019, ReTails is the destination for clothing bargains, vintage items, home furnishings and so much more. But we can only do it with the help of our incredible volunteers! 

    Available Positions

    The HSSW ReTails Thrift Store offers a huge variety of volunteer opportunities!

    Department Specialists provide customer service and assist with merchandise display in one of ReTails many departments which include Apparel, Books, Linens, Electronics, Kitchen, Garden, Holiday, Jewelry, and more.
    ReTails Greeters ensure customers feel welcome, answer questions, and provide directions and information.
    Merchandising volunteers assist with merchandise intake, sorting, and pricing. Volunteer shifts and qualifications vary based on the assignment.

    To learn more about volunteering at ReTails, contact the Volunteer Office at [email protected].

    Become a volunteer

    Before joining our volunteer team, it's important to learn all about HSSW and available volunteer positions at one of our regular volunteer orientations. 

    *Out of an abundance of caution, all volunteer orientations have been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers in the future.*

    Adult volunteers must: 

    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Be able to commit to a six-month term with two hours of service per week.
    • Meet the requirements and scheduling availability for their chosen assignment.
    • Complete all required training prior to starting their volunteer service.
  • Foster Volunteer Program

    Our foster volunteers open their hearts and their homes to take in some of our most vulnerable animals. Fostering animals can be one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences.

    Which animals require foster care?

    Underage kittens and puppies: The Humane Society receives kittens and puppies that are not yet old enough for spay/neuter and adoption. The kitten foster program is our busiest foster program.

    Under-socialized or nervous animals: Some animals struggle to feel comfortable in a shelter environment and need a little extra TLC in a quiet and relaxing home, or may be in need of a consistent daily routine that isn't possible to maintain at the shelter.

    Animals recovering from illness or injury: Here at HSSW, we see animals from all walks of life. They may be injured, sick, or recovering from a surgical procedure and need a little time before they're ready to find their forever home. Foster volunteers caring for these animals will receive relevant training and supplies to make sure their foster is healthy and comfortable.

    Foster volunteers must: 

    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Attend a Volunteer Orientation, which includes information specific to fostering.
    • Be a resident of Clark County.

    Become a foster volunteer:

    *Out of an abundance of caution, all volunteer orientations have been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers in the future.*

  • Walk/Run for the Animals

    It's one of our biggest and busiest days of the year! Join us for Walk/Run on May 2nd.

    We can't pull it off without the help of a hardworking team of volunteers. There are many positions available - all of them essential to supporting the event and the nearly 8,000 animals HSSW cares for each year. 

    Learn More

    Volunteers must be age 18 or older. All volunteers receive a volunteer t-shirt to wear day-of, wristband for two beers in the Heathen Brewing Beer Garden (for 21+), and a wristband for breakfast in the Team Chalet courtesy of Main Event Sports Grill. 

  • Teen Volunteer Program

    Being a teen volunteer is an excellent way to learn about animal welfare and gain valuable work experience. Space is limited and volunteer opportunities vary depending on the needs of the shelter. Our teen program is open to youth 14-17 years of age.

    Teen volunteers must:

    • Commit to a regular two-hour shift every week from mid-January to late May (4-month service term).
    • Turn off their cell phones when volunteering.
    • Clean kennels, scrub litter boxes, wash dishes and do laundry.
    • Read and comprehend detailed protocol information as well as be able to remember and follow shelter rules.
    • Complete a written application.
    • Attend Teen Volunteer Orientation - session dates, TBD. Please check back.

    Current Openings:

    *Out of an abundance of caution, all volunteer orientations have been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers in the future.*

Why Volunteer?

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. 

Want to learn more about what volunteers do at HSSW? Check out this video


QUESTIONS? 

Don’t hesitate to contact us:
[email protected]
360.213.2624