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.
Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, HSSW was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Volunteer Program award from the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington and the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Group award from AFP Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter.
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. Please RSVP for an upcoming session where you'll learn all about volunteering at HSSW.
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:
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Foster Volunteer. We are currently revising the foster care program and not able to accept applications at this time.
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.
We typically recruit teens three times per year:
Teen volunteers must:
- Be able to commit to a minimum of 6 hours per month for a 4-month service term.
- Complete a written application.
- Be available for an in-person interview, if selected.
All teens accepted into the program will receive training and be considered for other opportunities in the shelter after successfully completing their first year of service.
We are not accepting applications for teen volunteers at this time. Please check back with us in late August.
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.
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