Thank you for your interest in the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s Volunteer Program! The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society depends on volunteers and the hard work they dedicate to our mission to serve the community through education, protection and pet adoptions. Because our volunteers play such a crucial role in the day to day operations of our shelter, we do ask that our volunteers make a time commitment of at least 8 hours a month.

*We accept volunteers of ALL AGES, however, anyone under the age of 16 must have an adult (18 or older) accompany them at all times.

How to Become a Volunteer:

  1. Fill Out an Individual or Group Volunteer Application
    • The next steps to become a volunteer cannot be completed without your application.
  2. Sign Up for a Volunteer Orientation
    • This can be done at the bottom of your application.
    • Orientation lasts about 45 minutes and describes what the WVHS does, how you can help and a tour of the facility.
    • Orientations have a limited number of spaces available to ensure that everyone has a good experience.
  3. Attend Your Scheduled Volunteer Orientation
    • After the Orientation is complete, you will receive a more detailed list of our Volunteer Opportunities and how to attend our next available handling classes.
  4. Attend an Animal Handling Class
    • Animal Handling Classes are scheduled based on your availability and what animal types you would like to work with. Classes last anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
  5. Set Up Your First Shift and Schedule
    • Set Schedules make it easy to see where we have good coverage and where our gaps are. If you cannot do a set schedule, we now offer online scheduling so that you may sign up for an open shift when you know you have time.
  6. Purchase Your Volunteer Shirt
    • Volunteer shirts are required. They clearly identify you as a volunteer and the cost of the shirt ($15) supports the program and the shelter.
  7. Attend Your First Shift
    • The Volunteer Coordinator or Staff Member will meet you for your first shift. We will provide an Information Printout for you that will include how to access the Online Scheduling and your PIN number for clocking in/out.
    • You will learn how to clock in/out, receive your name tag and have the opportunity to ask any additional questions or receive further training before you get started.
  8. Start Volunteering!

If you have any additional questions, please contact:
Story Burke, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
509-662-9577 (ext. 404) or