Find your happy at the Humane Society!

Volunteers are a vital part of our organization. With their help, we are able to meet our mission of “Advancing the welfare of animals and promoting positive relationships between animals and people.” You too can be a part of this mission and join a team of compassionate animal lovers.

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volunteer requirements

Interested in volunteering at the Humane Society? We welcome you to apply if you are:

  • 16 years of age or older.
  • Able to make a minimum commitment of 6 hours per month for at least 6 months.
  • Able to squat, bend, twist, lift, or stand for long periods of time when working directly with the animals.
  • A people person, as well as an animal person.
  • Committed to creating a compassionate community for not only animals but also for the people that love them.

how to become a volunteer

Volunteers are accepted on an as-needed basis. Interested individuals are invited to submit an application at any time. However, volunteer applications are reviewed on set days of the month. Check out our handout for more information: Volunteer Application & Onboarding Process

Volunteer Application 

individual volunteer opportunities

The Humane Society has over 30 volunteer positions, from entry-level to team leadership. Some volunteer positions are highly selective and require certain skills and/or prior experience in a respective field. Below are some of our most in-need positions. Open positions will have a link to the full position description. Please click on the position name for more information.

Admin Assistant
Animal Transport
Bath Brigade
Cat Ambassador
Cat Caregiver
Community Cat Care Specialist

Dog Caregiver
Dog Enrichment
Dog Walking
Events
Greeter
KIRO Pet Presenter
Kitten Care
Laundry Folding Crew
NWSN Cat Transport
Pet Food Pantry
Pet Store Liaison
Pets for Life Street Team
Phone Operator
Rabbit Caregiver 
Retail Aid
…and many more!

group volunteer opportunities

Our group volunteer sessions enable your team to help Humane Society animals by providing assistance in large-scale groundskeeping, deep cleaning of animal care areas, and other helpful projects that make a difference in the lives of pets in need and staff members' daily operations. Check out our handout for more information: Group Volunteer Opportunities

frequently asked questions

  • How old do you have to be to volunteer? 
    All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Some positions, such as Dog Walking and Animal Transport, have specific age restrictions beyond our minimum age. You can find exact age restrictions on the position description for each opportunity.
  • What is the time commitment for volunteering?
    We ask that new volunteers make a commitment of six hours per month for six months. Advanced positions will require varying minimum commitments. Please review the position descriptions for exact monthly commitments.

  • Can I complete court-ordered community service with your organization? The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County does not offer opportunities for court-ordered community service.

  • Can I complete school-required service hours?
    We are happy to accommodate students who are required to fulfill community service hours for school. However, we are unable to sign off on any hours for school until after students have completed the six-month commitment.
  • Can you utilize professional photographers for the animals?
    Our animals are with our organization for such a short period of time (yay for quick adoptions!), that a professional photo for each animal, though appreciated, is not necessary. Professional photographers are welcome to apply if they wish to be on-call to help photograph long-term animals and/or events!
  • What are the timeframes that I can volunteer?
    Volunteers assist staff at the Society from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday excluding holidays. Limited opportunities are available on the weekends for entry-level volunteers.

Have additional questions? Please feel free to contact us.