New Volunteer Orientation Dates: 

Arrive early to allow time for parking. Highland Community Center has parking available in front and behind their building. Please do not park on the street or in parking lots of adjacent businesses. Thank you!

Orientations are held at Highland Community Center (14224 Bel-Red Road; Bellevue, WA 98009) and NOT at the shelter due to construction.

  • Wed, June 28, 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, July 24, 5:30 p.m. for foster volunteers ONLY

Volunteers are critical to our mission and are at the heart of all we do. They outnumber our staff by nearly 20-to-one and contribute to every department in our organization. We could not save thousands of lives each year without their hard work, dedication and passion.

Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Teens ages 13-17 can explore volunteering through our Humane Teen Club and there are many ways for kids to help the animals. Contact [email protected] if you are under 18 and would like information on earning school community service hours.

Seattle Humane does not offer volunteer opportunities for court-ordered community service.

Want info on group volunteering? Please know we have limited opportunities available, and cannot allow groups to work hands-on with our pets. Groups most often volunteer with our Community Outreach department in our Pet Food Bank.

How to Get Started:

1. Complete a volunteer profile.

2. Attend our mandatory two-hour Seattle Humane Volunteer Orientation. 

  • Attending an orientation allows time to learn our policies, procedures and programs specific to our shelter, and gain a thorough understanding of the many ways you can truly make a difference — and ultimately help find homes for the animals in our care.
  • You will also receive a short lecture on animal behavior as part of your orientation session.
  • Please arrive early to allow time for traffic and parking.
  • Please check this page the day you plan to attend an orientation for changes or cancellations due to weather. 

3. Agree to a six-month commitment (with the exception of foster and special events).

4. Sign up for one of our available volunteer opportunities, which include weekly, monthly and on-call options that you can do at the shelter, at home or in the community, following the Seattle Humane Volunteer Orientation.

5. Attend any training classes pertaining to the program that you sign up for. 

New Volunteer Orientation Dates: 

Arrive early to allow time for parking. Highland Community Center has parking available in front and behind their building. Please do not park on the street or in parking lots of adjacent businesses. Thank you!

Orientations are held at Highland Community Center (14224 Bel-Red Road; Bellevue, WA 98009) and NOT at the shelter due to construction.

  • Wed, June 28, 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, July 24, 5:30 p.m. for foster volunteers ONLY

Questions? Email [email protected] or call (425) 649-7557.

 

Well Hello There!

Frida blossomed into a social butterfly. She now loves going to the park and snuggling. She has filled my heart with happiness since adopting her almost two years ago!

Rachel