Get Involved

You don’t have to adopt a pet or make a financial contribution to make a difference at Kitsap Humane Society! You can volunteer or foster!

Kitsap Humane Society relies on volunteers of all types to make our lifesaving work possible, so we need YOU to join our team of animal lovers.

We need you! As of February 15, 2022, here are our greatest volunteer and fostering needs:
  • Behavior Support Network Volunteers – Behavior & Admissions (Updated 8/15/2022): Help keep pets in homes by providing behavior resources to pet owners that are navigating common behavior problems. Behavior Support Network volunteers, with the support of KHS staff, will respond to behavior-related emails from our community and KHS pet adopters. This is a great role for compassionate people who enjoy both pets and people. Daily shifts are available. Must be 18 years or older. Email access is required.
  • Lost Pet Reunification – Customer Service & Admissions Volunteer (Added 6/20/2022): Help stray pets find their way back home faster! Reunification team volunteers will assist with tracing microchips, posting on Kitsap Lost Pets/social media sites, updating KHS’s daily stray pet list, and connecting community members with lost pet resources. Daily shifts are available. Remote work options will be available later in 2022. Must be 18 years or older. Email access required; familiarity with social media platforms required.
  • Veterinary Clinic Support Volunteers (Added 6/13/2022): Work with veterinary staff to provide spay/neuter, vaccines, and microchips to owned pets in our community. Clinic volunteers help check in clients, review vaccine and surgery information, collect payments, monitor pets waking after surgery, and sterilize surgical instruments. Must be 18 years or older.
  • Foster Placement Support Volunteers (Added 5/2/2022): Work side-by-side with Foster staff to help place pets in loving foster homes. Tasks may require administering vaccines, conducting dog meets, sharing canine enrichment advice, assisting with dog playgroups, and more! Email access is required.
  • Pet Food Pantry Volunteers (Added 4/25/2022): Pet Food Pantry volunteers help KHS provide an essential resource for pet owners in our community. On-site tasks may include onboarding new Pantry clients, assisting clients with food pick-up, and organizing and inventorying pantry supplies. Off-site opportunities may include transporting pet food to area food banks and participating in distributing food to community members at off-site pop-up events.
  • Isolation Vet Services Volunteers (Added 4/18/2022): Gain new skills and help our most vulnerable populations! Support pets in medical isolation by cleaning cages, administering medication, and giving medicated dips to cats and kittens being treated for ringworm.
  • Rescue Me Transfer Support Volunteers (Added 4/11/2022): Work side by side with Transfer staff to build and maintain our lifesaving network. Under the guidance of our Transfer Coordinator, seek out and connect with shelters and rescues dealing with overcrowding and lack of resources, to build new lifesaving transfer partnerships. This is a great fit for people who enjoy networking and relationship building. Must be 18 years or older. Email access is required; familiarity with social media platforms is required.
  • Clicker Training Team – Canine Behavior & Training Volunteers (Added 4/5/2022): Help dogs learn the skills they need to thrive both in the shelter and post-adoption. Clicker training volunteers will work with shelter dogs regularly to help them gain confidence, improve their “manners”, and reduce their stress levels. Daily shifts are available.
  • Lobby Greeter Volunteers (Added 3/28/2022): The perfect role for people who love our community and connecting with other people. Lobby greeters welcome visitors to KHS, answer questions, connect guests with KHS services including our Pet Food Pantry, and even walk guests through shelter tours. Must be age 16 or older.
  • Canine Enrichment Volunteers (Added 3/21/2022): Help support the mental and physical wellbeing of shelter dogs by reducing stress and increasing engagement. Enrichment volunteer tasks may include distributing enrichment items such as food puzzles, snuffle mats, or scent enrichment, taking dogs for extra play yard time, going on enrichment hikes, and cuddling up on the couch for Relax Room time.
  • Community Cat Team Volunteers (Added 3/15/2022): The Community Cat Team helps support the health and welfare of community cats in our area through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). Team members assist with arranging trapping dates, communicating with caretakers, trapping and transporting of cats prior to neuter, and returning cats to their habitats after neuter. Must be 18 or older.
  • Customer Service Support (Added 3/7/2022): Gain valuable job skills or flex the skills you already have by helping our Customer Service team with phone calls, emails, scanning, filing, and answering general questions. Volunteers must be age 16 or older.
  • Adult Dog Foster Parents (Added 2/28/2022):  Open your heart and home to an adult dog in need of a temporary place to stay while they await their forever families. Dogs of all sizes, breeds, and personalities need foster, and foster can vary between just a few days and a few months and is coordinated based on the fosters’ availability (so no need to commit to fostering indefinitely!)
  • Adoption Matchmaker Volunteers (Added 2/22/2022): Help create and grow families by getting to know each adopter’s home and what they are looking for in a new companion animal, and then matching them with a pet who is the right fit for their home. This position is a fantastic fit for an outgoing “people person” and is eligible to volunteers ages 18 and up.
  • Bottle Brigade On-Call Fosters: Assist the Foster Department with bottle-feeding kittens and puppies when they arrive at the shelter in need of immediate care! Regular access to a cell phone is required and training and supplies will be provided.
  • Data Entry Volunteers: Support multiple shelter departments with inputting medical records and behavior notes into our shelter database and running reports. Data entry is an essential part of daily shelter tasks and animal support planning, so volunteers should be detail-oriented and computer savvy, and must be age 16 or older.
  • Canine Pet Protection Program Fosters: Help keep families together by providing a temporary home for dogs belonging to people experiencing unexpected life challenges. The program provides a foster home for dogs for a period of up to 90 days, at no cost to the pet owner, until the pet owner finds stable housing.
  • Adoptions Support Volunteers: Help homeless pets find loving homes more quickly by getting photos, writing adoption bios, assisting with dog-to-dog adoption meets, and helping with adoption event prep!
Ongoing needs include:
  • Dog walking
  • Driving cats to off-site adoption locations
  • Doing laundry
  • Entering vaccination records in the computer
  • Fostering orphaned kittens
  • Helping adopters find their best friend 
Group volunteering and community service

We can accommodate group volunteer activities for schools and other kids’ groups, corporate groups, and clubs. 

KHS accepts court-ordered Community Service volunteers through our Volunteer Department at volunteerdept@kitsap-humane.org.