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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: [email protected] 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

Meet Elias, Yakima Humane Society’s May Volunteer of the Month. Believe it not, Elias started off volunteering for a school project but ended up falling in love with helping around the adoption center. Elias has been volunteering with YHS for several months and is appreciated and loved around the facility. He is always eager and willing to do any task. Elias helps with cleaning kennels, washing dishes, doing laundry, making enrichment for the pets, and walking large dogs. He even gives tours around the facility to adopters and has played a role in some animals finding their furever home. Elias’s positive and energetic attitude is greatly appreciated and never fails to inspire the YHS staff.

If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application or email us at! 

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 [email protected].

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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