Volunteer at Yakima Humane Society


Volunteering with the Yakima Humane Society is a great way to improve the lives of shelter pets. Quality time has a positive and long lasting effect on the well-being of the animals in our care. The Yakima Humane Society is deeply grateful for the generosity, commitment and passion of our volunteers. Volunteers make it possible to carry out our mission to end animal suffering and reduce animal overpopulation in our community. 

Please email: volunteer@yakimahumane.org to learn more.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering your time allows us to stay up on all the feeding, medicating, and cleaning that come with housing 150+ animals each day. Most importantly, a larger team allows us to spend more quality time with each animal in our facility. Dogs need walks, cats need socialization, and every animal needs and deserves love and attention. We want to make YHS a factory for canine and feline joy.

Volunteer of the Month

For the month of February, Jeff and Ambra from Entrust Community Services have been chosen for volunteer of the month. These two have been coming every week for almost two years now! Ambra is actually Jeffs community support specialist, and it has truly been a pleasure being able to experience the level of care and compassion she has for her job and her client Jeff. Ambra has done so well with bringing him out of his shell. Jeff and Ambra are up to do absolutely anything around the facility, whether that be dishes and laundry, sorting newspaper, or even cleaning the glass on our doors and windows! Jeff is a little bit shy but that never stops him from telling us all about his breakfast and coffee he had before he came in. Once Jeff warms up a bit he turns into a total chatterbox! 

If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application or email us at volunteer@yakima humane.org! 

How to become a Volunteer


    • Be at least 16 years old with parental consent
    • Submit a Volunteer Candidate Form
    • Attend Mandatory Volunteer Orientation & Training
Volunteer Requirements

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out a Volunteer Candidate Form either online or in person at the adoption center. Once your application has been submitted you will receive a confirmation email. The Volunteer team will then review you application. Once your application has been approved you will receive an email invitation to attend a two-hour Orientation & Training where you will learn about our organization, policies, procedures and receive a short animal behavior training. Upon completion of Orientation and Training you will be paired with a mentor volunteer who will mentor you through your first day of your volunteer service. Upon completion of all training, volunteers are able to set their own schedules and volunteer independently.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please call 509-457-6854 or email us at volunteer@yakimahumane.org.

Volunteer Application
Yakima Adoption Center

2405 W Birchfield Rd
Yakima, WA 98901
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Ellensburg Adoption Center

1007 S Industrial Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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Yakima Spay & Neuter Clinic

106 S 6th Ave
Yakima, WA 98902
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