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.

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
               •  Attend a Volunteer Information Session
               •  Interview with the Volunteer & Foster Coordinator

New Volunteer Information Session
Attending a Volunteer Information Session is a great way to learn more about the Yakima Humane Society and volunteering!

These sessions provide the opportunity for you to learn about the Yakima Humane Society's mission, details about our volunteer opportunities and expectations for your volunteer experience.

Volunteer Information Session start at 10:00 am and last approximately 30-45 minutes. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Volunteer Information Session Dates:
               •  Sunday, January 17
               •  Sunday, February 21
               •  Sunday, March 20
               •  Sunday, April 17
               •  Sunday, May 22
               •  Sunday, June 19
               •  Sunday, July 17
               •  Sunday, August 21
               •  Sunday, September 18
               •  Sunday, October 16
               •  Sunday, November 20
               •  Sunday, December 18

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

Cat Socialization Team:  Volunteers will socialize with adoptable kitten/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.

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 See Spot Run, Annual Yard Sale, 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, clean 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. 107 to inquire about availability.

The Yakima Humane Society accepts court-mandated community service depending on the offense. We do accept individuals into this program who have been convicted of violent crimes against people or animals, theft or drugs.

Court-Mandated Service:  Court-mandated volunteers are accepted on a limited basis and must be at least 18 years of age to be accepted into the program. You must contact the Shelter Manager at (509) 457-6854 ext. 103 to arrange these hours.