1. What would I do as a volunteer?

Volunteers assist staff in almost every area of the shelter. They clean, feed, and help socialize animals. They answer phones, greet customers, help with data entry, and help run special events and fundraisers.  See Volunteer Opportunities for a list of our volunteer opportunities where we need your help right now!

2. How do I become a volunteer?

Visit our "Become A KHS Volunteer" tab to follow steps 1-4 and apply to become a KHS Volunteer.  After completing the application you will visit the shelter to submit your application or send it to KHS via mail, marked "Attn: Volunteer Coordinator".  A staff member will review your application and contact you to schedule a date for your Volunteer Orientation.

3. How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to come unaccompanied by an adult. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have parent or legal guardian approval to volunteer.  See all requirements for volunteering on our "Become A KHS Volunteer" page.

Youth, ages 13-15, may volunteer with a parent or legal guardian as a Youth Volunteer Team. Please see details on our "Become A KHS Volunteer" page.

4. My child is under 13 years old but really wants to help - is there anything they can do?

Yes!  We offer Shelter Tours to groups of all ages.  We welcome you to contact us to learn more about the shelter programs and schedule a time for your child and friends to visit Kitsap Humane Society.  We can provide a short presentation, appropriate to the chilrens' age group, along with a tour with advance notice.  

5. How many hours am I required to commit as a volunteer?

We ask that you make a commitment of at least 8 hours per month for 6 months.  Volunteers who do not maintain a minimum of 8 hours per month will be inactivated. 

6. I only have 10 hours required for a school project. Can I still volunteer at the Humane Society?

If you need to complete volunteering/community service for a class requirement or senior project, we can only accomodate you if your class or project requires a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service. Due to the training and commitment required to volunteer at KHS, we cannot allow you to volunteer if you plan to complete less than 25 hours.  Questions?  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerdept@kitsap-humane.org.

7. Do you provide training?

Yes!  We provide training in various settings.  Initially you will be asked to read through the Volunteer Manual, then take Volunteer Orientation and Canine 101/Feline 101 to get started. Depending on which volunteer assignment you choose, training may consist of classroom presentations, one-on-one mentorship, online videos and presentations, or small-group trainings at the shelter.  We want all volunteers to feel comfortable, confident and prepared.  As a volunteer it is your responsibility to seek additional help if you do not feel prepared and we will assist you, gladly.  We are always open to feedback as well.

8. I have court-ordered community service to complete - can I do it at KHS?

Yes, you may complete your community service hours at the shelter. You must be at least 16 years old and must not be charged with a felony, theft, drug, or assault charge. To fulfill community service hours, see our Community Service information page and contact the Animal Care Coordinator to get started.  360-692-6977, ext. 1129.

Community service workers assist with laundry, dishes, cleaning and other projects. They do not work directly with the animals. Community service workers do not need to fill out a volunteer application or complete online volunteer training; training will be provided on the job.