Volunteer Trainings

Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team! To become a volunteer there are a few requirements and steps that are mandatory prior to you starting your volunteer experience. Please read over it carefully as some of our requirements, orientation and training processes have changed.

To become a Yakima Humane Society volunteer you are required to:
               •  Be at least 16 years old with parental consent
               •  Commit to 8 hours of service per month for at least 4 months
               •  Submit a Volunteer Candidate Form
               •  Attend a Mandatory two-hour Volunteer Orientation & Training

New Volunteer Orientation & Training
After submitting your Volunteer Candidate Form, you will be invited to attend our Volunteer Orientation & Training. Spots are limited for this training, so it is important to submit your volunteer candidate form as soon as possible. Here is what you can expect:

  • This training is by INVITATION ONLY, we will not be able to accept walk-ins. 
  • Please be sure to arrive on time, doors will close 7 minutes after the start time, no exceptions. All late arrivals will have to reschedule training. 
  • During the orientation you will receive an overview of our organization, learn our policies, procedures, programs and gain a clear understanding of how you can make a difference in the lives of the homeless pets in our care.
  • You will also receive a short training on animal behavior.
  • Please check this page for the date of your training for any changes or cancellations. 

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation & Training Dates:
      •  Saturday February 25th at 8:45am
      •  Saturday March 25th 8:45am
      •  Saturday April 22nd 8:45am
      •  Saturday May 27th 8:45am
      •  Saturday June 24th 8:45am
      •  Saturday July 22nd 8:45am
      •  Saturday August 26th 8:45am
      •  Saturday August 23rd 8:45am
      •  Saturday October 28th 8:45am
      •  Saturday November 18th 8:45am
      •  December No Orientation

Volunteer Opportunities Available 
Every volunteer position on our team serves a vital role in reducing stress and enhancing adopt-ability of the animals in our care.

Cat Socialization Team:  Volunteers will socialize with adoptable kittens/cats, using positive behavior management techniques, and keep basic behavioral records on each animal. Volunteers will be expected to maintain a healthy and safe environment, which will include assisting in light cleaning tasks, laundry and dishes. Providing friendly and professional customer service to shelter guests will be part of the volunteer experience.

Dog Socialization Team:  Volunteers will socialize with adoptable puppies/dogs, using positive behavior management techniques, and keep basic behavioral records on each animal. Volunteers will be expected to maintain a healthy and safe environment, which will include assisting in light cleaning tasks, laundry and dishes. Providing friendly and professional customer service to shelter guests will be part of the volunteer experience.

Kennel Staff Assistant: Volunteers will work closely with our kennel staff to ensure the cleaning and sanitation of the animals kennels. They are responsible for cleaning kennels top to bottom, sweeping, mopping and maintaining a clean and sanitary facility. 

Education/Events Ambassador:  Volunteers represent the Yakima Humane Society at community events and/or education programs. They are responsible for assisting staff in preparing supplies, interacting with and educating the public about Yakima Humane Society programs and services. Community events usually occur on the weekends, while education programs may occur daily.

Information Desk Ambassador:  Volunteers are responsible for providing professional and excellent customer service. Volunteers are responsible for welcoming visitors, ensuring efficient traffic flow through the shelter, answering basic shelter operation questions and provide some animal handling assistance.

Off-Site Adoption Ambassador:  Volunteers represent the Yakima Humane Society at adoption events. They are responsible for preparing supplies and animals, interacting with the public and providing animal care during the event. Professional and excellent customer service is an essential part of this position. Events occur primarily on the weekends.

Pet Photography Team:  Volunteers are responsible for taking appealing photographs of adoptable animals using positive animal handling techniques, and assisting staff in objectively assessing animal personality traits. Volunteers will also be expected to edit and submit the finalized photos within 24 hours of the date they were taken. Knowledge in photography and Photoshop is a plus, but not required.

Special Events:  Volunteers are solicited on a one-time or episodic basis for special events; such as Claws for Paws, See Spot Run, or Fur Ball Gala & Auction. All Special Event Volunteers must attend an orientation, complete the appropriate paperwork and possess the skills and abilities applicable to the specific event. Volunteers may assist with registration, greeting participants, setting up, cleaning up, animal handling and a host of other duties.

For special considerations or projects, potential volunteers must contact the Volunteer Coordinator:
We have a limited number of options available for those students wishing to complete their Senior Projects at the Yakima Humane Society.

Senior Projects:  There are 10 available spots for Senior Projects per semester. All Senior Project students follow the same requirements, 8 hours per month for 4 months. You must contact the Volunteer & Foster Coordinator at (509) 457-6854 ext. 106 to inquire about availability.

Corporate volunteer days and large groups projects: Due to the size of our shelter we are unable to host large groups of volunteers for special projects. There may be some exceptions depending on the size of your group and the project. For more information please email volunteer@yakimahumane.org.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT ANY COURT MANDATED HOURS, NO EXCEPTIONS.