Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. As a nonprofit organization, the Humane Society of Cowlitz County relies on volunteers to help care for the animals we serve and to help with activities and events.

Volunteers help with every aspect of our organization, whether it’s walking and training the dogs, doing laundry, public education, socializing cats and kittens, running adoption events, or serving on our board of directors. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission.

Volunteer a little and help save a lot!

Volunteer Opportunities

We offer a variety of volunteer positions both working directly with animals and in non-animal related areas, with different time commitments.

Please read through our volunteer opportunities to find a position that best suits your interests and schedule, and which you believe you would perform well in.  As a volunteer, you will be required to attend a training class for the position you would like to volunteer in before you can start. Each opportunity in the directory below lists a description, schedule, and qualifications.


How to Volunteer

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend an informational volunteer orientation, where you will learn about our programs, volunteer opportunities, highest needs, policies, scheduling, and other important information when considering volunteering with us. It’s a way to estimate if HSCC sounds like a good fit for you. See the orientation schedule below and sign up for a date that works for you. Volunteer Applications are only available to those who attend.

We hold weekday orientations three times a month from either 11-12 or 4-5.

RSVP here.

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Limited seats available and fill up fast.


For additional questions, please email or give us a call at 360-577-0151


Is there an age limit to volunteer?

Yes, ages 6 and above can volunteer. You must be 14 years or older to volunteer without a parent or gaurdian.

Can my volunteer hours count towards a school project?

Yes, we encourage students to volunteer and gain experience working in animal welfare!

Is there a time commitment to volunteer?

Yes, all our volunteer positions, except for General Volunteer, require a minimum time commitment of 2 hours a week for three months.

How soon can I start volunteering?

The volunteer process typically takes about 1 – 2 weeks to start volunteering after you attend the Volunteer Orientation.

Can I volunteer in both the Cats and Dogs?

At this time, we do not allow volunteers to volunteer in two positions.

What volunteer opportunities do I have at the Humane Society?

Many different things! Please look at our Volunteer Opportunities directory to see what activities and position you would like to volunteer for.

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