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 on the first Monday of each month and on the third Wednesday of each month (excluding holidays). Saturday orientations are typically held one weekend a month.

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

Foster Kittens!!

Interested in becoming a Kitten Foster Care Volunteer? Click here for more information!


How old do I have to be to volunteer by myself?

The minimum age to volunteer by yourself is 14 years old. Volunteers under the age of 14 are required to have parent or guardian supervision.


Do my volunteer hours count towards a school project?



What can I do as a volunteer?

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


How soon can I start volunteering?

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


Can I volunteer in two positions?

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


Is there a time commitment to volunteer?

Yes, all our volunteer positions, except for General Volunteer, require a time commitment.



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