Caring in all shapes and sizes
Volunteering Makes a Difference!

Volunteering with the Kalamazoo Humane Society offers you the chance to make a difference in the lives of the animals of our community. Our volunteers are our most important asset and they do a remarkable job for the animals and our programs. Please be aware that the Kalamazoo Humane Society is a non-shelter facility, so we do not have animals on-site. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for those wanting to share their time.

If you would like to join us in finding homes for animals, help control the pet population, educate the public, and participate in our fundraising events, this is what you need to do:

1. Complete a volunteer application (also available in our office)
2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation Session. You will be contacted to reserve your spot after we review your application

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Mead, the Volunteer Coordinator, at 269-743-0382 or at smead@kazoohumane.org. Thank you for your interest in the Kalamazoo Humane Society!

Animal Shelter Adoption Counselor
Change the lives of animals by helping them find a loving home. Once a week, KHS volunteers serve as advisors to members of the public looking to adopt a new pet, find a lost pet, or turn in an animal for adoption at the county shelter. As an adoption counselor, you help socialize the animals, making them more adoptable, and help keep them comfortable during their stay at the shelter.

Time: Wednesdays, 4-7 pm
Location: Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement


Cat Grooming
Do you love cats? Do you want to help cats find their furever home? Come spend your Wednesday mornings at the county shelter and groom the cats available for adoption! Grooming the cats will not only make them more presentable to potential adopters, but will also socialize them, making them ready to meet their new family.

Time: Every other Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 am
Location: Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement


Community Outreach Events
If you want to help animals but prefer working with two-legged beings, then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Throughout the year KHS attends events such as the Women’s Expo, Kalamazoo Pride, and other various festivals, and connects event goers with information about KHS services, events, and volunteer opportunities. We also sell handmade crafts and other merchandise for pets and their humans, with all proceeds going to support KHS’s mission.

Time: Will vary (typically weekends)
Location: Will vary based on event


Educational Outreach
Build on children's natural love for animals with From Nose to Tail: Lessons to Inspire Care and Compassion for Dogs, our new curriculum for elementary students. The curriculum is five lessons (each requiring about one hour) and may be spaced over a period of days or weeks, or the class may only choose one lesson. Topics include dogs’ basic physical, social and emotional needs, our responsibility for providing humane care for dogs, and dog bite prevention.

Time: Will vary depending on class registration
Location: Will vary


Operation Fix-It
This innovative program helps limited-income pet owners spay and neuter their cats and dogs, and we need your help checking-in the animals during the week. The best part? You get to pet all the animals that come through the door! Dogs are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, and cats are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursdays.

Time: Monday – Thursday, 7:15 – 9:00 am
Location: Kalamazoo Humane Society


Special Fundraising Events
Help us raise funds for KHS programs by volunteering at our Annual Dog Walk, Reverse Raffle, and Lights of Love fundraising events! Work includes selling merchandise and raffle tickets, answering the public’s questions and providing information about KHS and its programs and services.

Time: Will vary (typically weekends)
Location: Will vary based on event


Other ways to help!
Want to help but can’t commit to volunteering? There is so much you can do!

• Donate your handmade crafts (quilts, cat toys, dog vests…) to be sold at events, with all proceeds going to support KHS programs.
• Create a Facebook fundraiser for your birthday!
• Hold your own community event (bake sale, car wash…) and donate your proceeds to KHS.
• Organize a drive to collect items KHS in need of, such as dog and cat food, cat litter, bleach, detergent, and more.
• Follow us on social media to like, comment on, and retweet our posts to help us spread our mission.