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How To Help


Whether you're looking for regular community service hours or would like to volunteer at WCHS to complete court-ordered service, you can now apply online to be a WCHS volunteer!

The Whitman County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to make a difference for the pets at our animal shelter. Every volunteer is a valuable asset. Our faithful volunteers donate an average of 225+ hours each month.

Do you love animals but can't have a pet of your own? Are you looking for valuable experience prior to seeking a career as a veterinary technician or a veterinarian? Or would you just like to have a positive impact on homeless pets? If you are 16 years of age or older, WCHS may be a great place for you to volunteer!

For the benefit of our staff and animals, we require a minimum commitment of 25 hours from both court-appointed and regular volunteers. Regular volunteers must commit to at least one WSU long semester (4 months). All volunteers must sign up for 2 hour shifts. If you cannot commit this amount of time, please consult with the WSU Center for Civic Engagement for short-term volunteer opportunities.

You must complete an application and be approved before volunteering and/or before performing court-appointed community service. Applications may be completed online (see link above) or dropped off at the shelter during open hours. Our staff will review your application and contact you within 24-48 hours.

After your application is approved, you must attend one training shift at the shelter (1340 Old Moscow Rd in Pullman). Training shifts are held every Sunday 9am-11am, 1-3 pm, or 3:30-5:30 pm except holidays. If you cannot commit to a Sunday training shift, limited training shifts are available weekdays from 9am-11am. Space is limited at each shift, so please call shelter staff at (509) 332-3422 or e-mail to reserve your space for training.

*Due to space and time constraints, WCHS unfortunately cannot accept walk-ins for training. Thank you for your understanding!

Volunteer duties include animal care, shelter cleaning and maintenance, cat and/or dog socialization, and representing WCHS in the community. Animal care is our highest priority and need at WCHS. Other tasks may be performed by volunteers depending on each individual's experience and training.

We request that volunteers log their time on a sign-in sheet located at the shelter. Cumulative hours are recorded in the administrative office to facilitate documentation for grant applications and to verify individual contributions of time. Thank you for helping the homeless pets of Whitman County!