We’re excited to announce the reopening of our volunteer program!

Interested in volunteering? Email Helen Traphagan, Volunteer & Foster Coordinator at helen@hsgkc.org

Volunteers are an integral part of the organization’s history and mission and provide support to ensure that every animal receives the highest quality of care and compassion. The Humane Society provides its volunteers with meaningful work and the opportunity to learn and grow.

So, you want to be a volunteer?

We have many volunteer opportunities available at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City for committed volunteers who are looking to make a difference. Our volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation and training.

Please note: we do not accept volunteers that are fulfilling court mandated volunteer hours or diversion hours.

HSGKC volunteers should be 16 years of age or older to volunteer. Children under the age of 16 may volunteer with the supervision of a parent or guardian.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer, here are just a few. Specific volunteer positions will be discussed during the interview.

Shelter Opportunities

Volunteers are needed at the shelter to help socialize and exercise the animals and to provide assistance to the staff. Walking dogs (must be 18 years of age or older to walk dogs), petting and grooming cats, or doing laundry, filing, paperwork, and outside yard work are some of the ways volunteers help at the shelter. Because we have no set time limits on how long a pet may stay at our shelter, many pets are there for quite some time and need the exercise and attention that volunteers provide.

Satellite Adoption Events

We need volunteers to help with our satellite adoptions, which generally take place on Saturdays. This opportunity involves hanging out with dogs and cats at other locations in order to try to find homes for them. Volunteers can also prepare the pets for these events by bathing and grooming them at our shelter. We need persons who are especially comfortable and experienced with dogs

Special Events

Volunteers are needed to assist with special events such as Dog-N-Jog, Art Unleashed and Mardi Paws. Much preparation goes into making these fund-raisers successful and we really count on our volunteers to make it happen!

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