Volunteer

Want to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets? Volunteer!

Volunteering with the Yakima Humane Society is a great way to improve the lives of shelter pets. Quality time has a positive and long lasting effect on the well-being of the animals in our care. The Yakima Humane Society is deeply grateful for the generosity, commitment and passion of our volunteers. Volunteers make it possible to carry out our mission to end animal suffering and reduce animal overpopulation in our community.

How to become a Volunteer: The first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out a Volunteer Candidate Form either online or in person at our shelter Monday through Saturday 11am to 5pm. Once your application has been submitted you will receive a confirmation email. The Volunteer team will then review you application. Once your application has been approved you will receive an email invitation to attend a two-hour Orientation & Training where you will learn about our organization, policies, procedures and receive a short animal behavior training. Upon completion of Orientation and Training you will be paired with a mentor volunteer who will mentor you through your first day of your volunteer service. Upon completion of all training's, volunteers are able to set their own schedules and volunteer independently. 

Requirements:

      •  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

Volunteer Opportunities:
      •  Dog Socialization
      •  Cat Socialization
      •  Pet Photography 
      •  Customer Service 
      •  Grooming (must have experience)
      •  Special Events
      •  Kennel Staff Assistant 
      •  And More...

Our Volunteers are the core of our organization. They commit so much of themselves to the lives of the homeless pets in our shelter. They come from all walks of life. They are seniors, teens, professionals, students, dog lovers and cat enthusiasts. Although they are a diverse group of individuals, they have one thing in common - a passion for animal welfare. We hope that you too take the opportunity to do something great for the pets in our community. 

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to learn more about our volunteer & foster programs please contact our Volunteer & Foster Coordinator at (509) 457-6854 ext. 106 or volunteer@yakimahumane.org.

Unable to commit to the time requirements for volunteering?
We offer public dog walking for those individuals that do not have the time to commit to a regular volunteer position. If you are at least 18 years old and can provide a valid Drivers License you can walk our adoptable dogs (7 months and older) on the Greenway Path alongside the shelter. Dog Walking hours are Monday - Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (weather permitting).