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 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 the Service Enterprise program? Check out Points of Light for information.
Ready to lend a hand? Learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Adult Volunteer Program
Every day, volunteers work directly with the animals, assist guests, help in our clinic, provide administrative support, and much more! Don't forget about ReTails Thrift Store - volunteers can lend a hand in all areas of the store from receiving and processing donations to customer service and merchandising.
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.
Become a volunteer
The first step to joining our volunteer team is attending an orientation at ReTails or the Adoption Center/Shelter.
Adoption Center/Shelter volunteer orientation: please RSVP for an upcoming session.
ReTails volunteer orientation: please RSVP for an upcoming session.
Foster care volunteer orientation: please RSVP for an upcoming session.
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:
The first step is to attend a foster care orientation. RSVP here.
Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]
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.
Now accepting applications for teens to volunteer in our cattery!
We require teen volunteers to:
- 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 on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the shelter. This is the only teen orientation we will offer this session.
- We’ll begin reviewing applications the week of December 16.
- Click here for a teen volunteer application.
- If you’re selected to join the program, we’ll contact you by Thursday, January 2.
Group volunteers can help out with a variety of projects such as shelter maintenance, service projects, helping out at ReTails Thrift Store, or HSSW events.
Requirements for group service:
- Group size should be a minimum of 5 and maximum of 20 individuals.
- All members must be able to commit to a minimum of three-hour shift.
- Group members must be 14 years of age or older (Individuals under the age of 18 require a 1:2 adult-child ratio).
- All participants must be physically and emotionally equipped for a variety of tasks.
- Tasks like dog-walking, animal care, and other direct animal-handling tasks are not available for group volunteering.
Please contact [email protected] for more details about group opportunities.
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.
Want to learn more about what volunteers do at HSSW? Check out this video.
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