Volunteering at the Seattle Humane Society
Animal Care Volunteer Opportunities
Animal Care Assistant, Cats: Help keep our cats happy and healthy by keeping cages clean, socializing and feeding. Volunteers also help increase their adoptability by providing exercise, mental stimulation, basic grooming, socialization and love! This position requires a lot of animal handling so some experience with cats is strongly encouraged. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on availability.
Animal Care Assistant, Dogs: Help keep our dogs happy, healthy and clean! Duties include cleaning kennels and basic housekeeping, feeding, walking and other program functions. This is a very physical, sometimes dirty, all-season job and many of the dogs are large and untrained. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Volunteers should be comfortable around active dogs of all sizes and breeds. Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on availability.
Animal Care Assistant, Small Animals: Help keep our rabbits, guinea pigs and other small mammals clean and comfortable by providing daily care and socialization. Duties include feeding, cleaning and medicating as well as providing daily enrichment activities and handling. Some experience with small animals is suggested. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on availability.
Dog Behavior and Socialization (DBS): Volunteers provide exercise, mental stimulation, training and socialization to dogs available for adoption on a daily basis. This is a very physical, sometimes dirty, all-season job and many of the dogs are large and untrained. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Volunteers should be comfortable around active dogs of all sizes and breeds. Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on availability.
Run-Dog-Run: Volunteers provide exercise to our more active adoption dogs by taking a dog on a 4 mile run. This is a very physical, sometimes dirty, all-season job and many of the dogs are large and untrained. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Volunteers should be comfortable around active dogs of all sizes and breeds. Volunteers must be able to run 6.4k/4 miles and have dog handling experience. Shifts are 1.5 hours every morning and weekday afternoons.
Veterinary Services Assistant:
Assist our Veterinary Services staff in providing quality care of campus animals by cleaning cages, holding and restraining animals during exams and vaccinations, cleaning medical and surgical equipment, releasing animals to their owners after spay/neuter surgery and other duties as needed. Animal handling and medical experience is strongly encouraged. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Shifts are 2- 3 hours and start times vary based on availability.
Do you have a knack for capturing animals at their best? If you enjoy photographing pets, then join the Seattle Humane Society's Pet Publicist program! Use your own digital camera to take photos of our adoptable cats, dogs and small animals for listing on the Seattle Humane Society website. In many instances, a great picture and profile are all that's needed to help find a loving family for a deserving animal! Photographers should be comfortable handling animals. Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on individual availability. Also, assist our Marketing Department with promoting our adoptable animals by writing short descriptions of our dogs, cats and small animals. Write and post animal profiles to our website. Previous writing experience preferred. Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on individual availability.
Assist Potential Adopters
Adoption Support: Assist the public in the Adoption Center, cat/small animal rooms, kennels, courtyard and "Get Acquainted" areas. Involves extensive contact with the public. Volunteers may greet visitors, explain the adoption process, help with retail sales, and showcase the animals. Must be patient, thoroughly enjoy working with both people and animals, and be willing to work in a busy atmosphere. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on availability.
Help our Administrative Staff
First Impressions Volunteers: I'm sure you've heard our tagline, "Bringing People and Pets Together." Want to help us mean what we say? We want the Seattle Humane Society to be a valuable community resource that people turn to with anything animal-related. To accomplish this, we focus on creating a warm, friendly and welcoming first impression with visitors. That's why we're looking for First Impressions Volunteers — supporters with an outgoing and compassionate personality who enjoy talking to people who love animals. As a First Impressions Volunteer, you will be our front door gatekeeper and greeter for the administration building. By directing visitors with a smile, you would ensure the Seattle Humane Society puts its best "paw" forward with fellow community members! Shifts are 3 hours and start times vary based on availability.
General Office Support: Help keep the Seattle Humane Society operating smoothly by providing valuable office support as we work toward creating a responsible and humane community. Volunteers assist with data entry, phones, bulk mail preparation, photocopying and more.
Help with Special Events
Volunteers play a pivotal role in the fundraising activities that make the work of the Seattle Humane Society possible. You can get involved by assisting on one or more of the special events that take place each year. Opportunities are available in planning, preparing for the event(s) and assignments on the day of the event(s). Events include Tuxes & Tails Gala, Catapalooza and Walk for the Animals.
Assist in our Education Department
Tour Guides: The Tour Volunteer is responsible for assisting the Seattle Humane Society with community outreach efforts by leading educational and information tours of the SHS campus. By teaching the importance of animal companionship, the Tour Volunteer assists staff in its work toward building lifelong relationships between people and their pets. Key Responsibilities include leading education tours of the Seattle Humane Society campus and acting as the liaison between the SHS, the public, local business and organizations.
MaxMobile School Visitation Assistants: Accompany our MaxMobile to local schools to assist with educational presentations. Volunteers help supervise interaction between kids and animals. Most presentations take place weekdays.
Court Ordered Community Service Hours
Court ordered community service workers assist our Facilities Departments with maintenance tasks and kennel cleaning on campus. Positions and tasks are separate from other volunteer positions listed on our website and workers do not work directly with the animals because of staffing, training and reporting requirements.
You must be 18 or older and our Court Ordered Community Service program does not fulfill school education program requirements. When shifts are available, the days/times are as follows:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m.-noon, 4-6 p.m.
- Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon, 6-8 p.m.
- Sunday: 8 a.m.-noon
If you would like more information on court ordered community service work please contact us via email: COCSW@seattlehumane.org (No telephone calls please) Space is limited due to the volume of inquiries we receive, please respond with the following:
- Phone number
- Nature of offense
- Number of hours required to complete
- Date when hours are required to be completed
- Availability (list days of the week)
As space becomes available, we will contact you via phone or email and set up a mutually agreeable schedule.