We Love Volunteers.

Make a Difference Today.

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. Our community loves animals, and we frequently receive more requests to volunteer than we have positions available. 

Current Opportunities

  • Adoption Center/Shelter

    Volunteer opportunities come in lots of shapes and sizes. We currently have openings in the following areas:

    • Dog walking
    • Cat Care
    • Laundry & Dishes

    Whether you're looking for hands-on time with the animals or opportunities to support the work of HSSW in another way, you can make a difference as a volunteer!

  • Foster Volunteer

    Our foster volunteers are very special! They open up their hearts and homes to animals who need placement outside the shelter environment. Animals may require foster for a number of reasons. They could be kittens and puppies in need of a home to help them learn about being a family pet, an animal with special medical needs, or simply an animal who would do better in a home environment while they wait to meet their new family. 

  • ReTails Holiday Store - Immediate Openings!

    The opening of the ReTails holiday boutique is harbinger of the holiday season! If you’re looking for ornaments, garland, tableware, wrapping paper, even fully decorated trees, ReTails is the place to go.

    We need volunteers to sort, price, repair and display holiday merchandise. Volunteer shifts are available from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday through Saturday, and some evenings, too.

    Groups are welcome! Special arrangements can be made for youth ages 14-18.

  • ReTails Thrift Store

    ReTails is more than just a thrift store, it's an experience! ReTails is the destination for clothing bargains, vintage items, home furnishings, holiday decor and so much more. But we can only do it with the help of our incredible volunteers! 

    We have immediate openings in the following volunteer positions:

    • Department Specialists provide customer service and assist with sorting, repairing and organizing merchandise 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.

Join Us

If you're interested in joining our volunteer team and making a difference in the lives of the animals, we're ready to welcome you to our team!

To volunteer at HSSW, you 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 your chosen volunteer position.
  • Complete all required training prior to starting your volunteer service.

If you meet the requirements above, please take few minutes to complete our two-part volunteer agreement. Both parts must be completed in order to volunteer. 

Part One: Safety and Procedures

Please review the following information about safety and important policies at HSSW. Initial as noted in the form: Safety information

Part Two: Registration

Register by completing this general questionnaire including contact information, areas of interest and special skills. New users will need to create an account: Register Now

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. 

Program Sponsor

Thank you to our friends at Columbia River Veterinary Specialists.


Contact us:
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