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For the Auburn Valley Humane Society to be a success we need the help of the community! Volunteers are an integral part of our organization. With their help, we will be able to meet our fundraising goals and live our mission of providing quality care to lost, stray and abandoned animals.

What does it take?


  • Do I enjoy interacting with people?

  • Am I ready to make a firm commitment to the animals today and give my time?

  • Am I 16 years or older?

    • If not, do I have a parent or guardian that can accompany me while I volunteer?*

  • Am I ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work?



  •  Complete the online volunteer form or click on the fillable volunteer application and print it to bring to the shelter.

  • Attend the volunteer orientation.

  • Interview with the Development staff to determine your interest and schedule your placement.

  • Attend training classes that pertain to the program area you are assigned.

  • Attend the dog walking class (1 and 2) (Volunteer Dog walking is optional).

  • Attend the cat care class (This is optional, unless you want to be a volunteer cat foster or be a cat care volunteer).

  • Schedule volunteer hours and have the TIME OF YOUR LIFE volunteering with the animals in our care!

* Volunteers between 10 and 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (someone over the age of 18), preferably a parent or legal guardian while participating in any volunteer activity for AVHS.

*All volunteers under the age of 16 will not participate in any volunteer activities with direct animal contact (i.e. dog walking, kennel and cage cleaning).  They will however be able to participate in some of the most important lifesaving duties (i.e. laundry, washing dishes and cat pans, filling cat pans, stuffing KONGS, sweeping and mopping floors as well as wiping down walls, doors, and door handles.

AVHS Orientations


  • Wednesday, October 16 - 6 to 8:30 pm

  • Saturday, October 19 - 9 to 11:30 am

  • Saturday, November 9 - 9 to 11:30 am

  • Wednesday, November 13 - 6 to 8:30 pm

  • Wednesday, December 11 - 6 to 8:30 pm

Please Pre-Register/RSVP for orientation by calling 253-249-7849 or email volunteers@auburnvalleyhs.org .  All classes are held at the Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A St SE.


How old do you have to be to volunteer?

  • You must be sixteen (16) to volunteer on your own.

  • Due to safety issues and insurance reasons, those between 10 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian.

What period of time do I need to commit to volunteering?

  • 6 months

Can I carry out community service hours at the Auburn Valley Humane Society?

  • Yes, for high school community service.

  • Court ordered community service is accepted on a case by case basis. Please contact us at 253-249-7849 or at volunteers@auburnvalleyhs.org to review your application and schedule court service time.

What type of experience or qualifications do I need to volunteer?

  • Our volunteer opportunities are so diverse; we can typically accommodate a

    wide range of skill sets.

What sorts of programs do you offer volunteers?

We offer a wide variety of volunteer positions AND opportunities, such as:

  • Dog and Cat Care

  • Adoption Events (i.e. with PETSMART, Subaru Share the Love Event, Purina Days, Auburn Days)

  • Fundraising Events (i.e. Barkfest, AVHS Gala & Auction)

  • Foster Opportunities

  • Pet Transport Volunteer

  • Humane Education Programs

  • Volunteer at the AVHS  animal shelter and our AVHS Thrift Store & More

If you have further questions, please contact us at 253-249-7849 or volunteers@auburnvalleyhs.org