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.

Want to learn more about becoming a volunteer at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County? Please feel free to contact us.

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requirements

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Humane Society, we welcome you to learn more by attending General Volunteer Orientation and then applying 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.
  • Enjoy working with people.
  • Are committed to creating a compassionate community for not only animals, but the people that love them.

general orientation & training

Attending a general orientation is the first step to volunteering at the Humane Society. Admittance to General Volunteer Orientation is on a first come, first serve basis. No RSVP is required to attend Orientation. Seating is limited to the first 50 people that arrive, due to room capacity. Doors close at 9:00 am and will not re-open for late arrivals, so please be on time.

Volunteers are accepted primarily based on their availability. If we do not have a position open that you are interested in, we will notify you of self-scheduling opportunities, or keep your application on file for the future. Some volunteer positions will require an interview, so the onboarding process can take up to two weeks post orientation. We appreciate your patience as we work to find our volunteers the best possible placement within our organization.

orientation schedule

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We have completed our Volunteer Orientations for 2017. The Humane Society’s Volunteer Department takes a break from onboarding new volunteers in the winter months in order to update training manuals and improve upon current processes so that we can continue to give our volunteers the best possible experience. We look forward to having you join our team by attending a Volunteer Orientation in 2018.

2018 General Volunteer Orientation schedule:

  • Friday, February 9: 9:00 - 10:00 am 
  • Sunday, February 11: 9:00 - 10:00 am 
  • Friday, April 6: 9:00 - 10:00 am 
  • Sunday, April 8: 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Friday, June 1: 9:00 - 10:00 am 
  • Sunday, June 3: 9:00 - 10:00 am 
  • Friday, August 3: 9:00 - 10:00 am 
  • Sunday, August 5: 9:00 - 10:00 am 
  • Friday, October 5: 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Sunday, October 7: 9:00 - 10:00 am 

individual volunteer opportunities

The Humane Society has over 65 volunteer positions, from entry level to team leadership. Below are some of our most in-need positions.

Cat Adoption Counselor: Help us place kitties in loving forever homes! We are looking for individuals with customer service experience to work with the public in finding their perfect feline friend. Cat handling experience is great, but not required.

Community Cats – TNR: Join this pioneer volunteer opportunity to help us lower cat over population in Pierce County! TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Return, the only proven humane method of lowering cat over population. A process supported by the Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart Charities, and more!

Dog Adoption Counselor: With an ever growing popularity of adopting animals at offsite events, we are finding ourselves more and more in the community participating in adoption events. Help us make them happen by training to be a Dog Adoption Counselor. Must have customer service experience; dog handling experience is a plus, though not required.

Event Team Lead: Help us "Make Happy Happen" by taking the lead on event preparations and coordination.

Pet Food Pantry: The Pet Food Pantry is open Monday-Friday noon to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays 9:00 to 11:00 am. The Pantry is entirely run by volunteers. To apply for this volunteer position, you must be able to safely lift at least 50 lbs of pet food.   

Vehicle Detailing Team Lead: Lead a team of 4-6 volunteers once monthly to wash and detail the Humane Society vehicles. To apply for this volunteer position you must be at least 25 years of age with a clean driving record. Experience driving large rigs is appreciated, but not required.

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

important information

  • Court Ordered Community Service: The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County does not offer opportunities for court-ordered community service.
  • School Service Hours: We are happy to accommodate students who are required to fulfill community service hours. However, we are unable to sign off on any hours for school until after students have completed the 6 month commitment.
  • Uniform Cost: All in-house and event volunteers are required to pay a $10 one-time fee prior to volunteering, which helps cover the cost of your official volunteer T-shirt and badge. If this cost is prohibitive to you volunteering, please let us know.
  • Days & Times Available for Volunteering: Volunteers assist staff at the shelter between 7:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday-Friday and 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays. Limited opportunities are available on the weekends for entry level volunteers.