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Volunteer

How to Volunteer

Handbook  |  Volunteer Opportunities  |  Orientation Schedule | Service Learning ProjectsVolunteer FAQ | Volunteer Scheduling

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Kentucky Humane Society. The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) relies on the generosity of our wonderful volunteers.

You can become a part of our team in three easy steps:

1. Complete and return the Volunteer Application

Email your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please use the subject line "Volunteer Application." We will reach out to you by email within one week of your submission. 

If you prefer to mail the application, please send to:
Whitney Hobbs
Volunteer Coordinator
1000 Lyndon Lane
Louisville, KY 40222

Parental consent is required for all volunteers under the age of 18. Junior Volunteers, ages 10-13, must be accompanied by an Adult Volunteer at all times when volunteering with KHS. Adult/Junior teams should complete one application. If a Junior Volunteer will be volunteering with an adult who is not a parent or legal guardian, a separate authorization form is required. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require this information.

2. Attend Volunteer Orientation and complete required training

Orientation sessions are limited in size, and you must receive an email confirmation prior to attending a session. Dates are listed below on this website.
Please keep in mind, Volunteers who wish to volunteer at the Main Campus will be required to attend training at that location. Student Volunteers are required to attend a Student Orientation.

3. Commit to at least two hours of volunteer service each month for a period of six consecutive months. (Exceptions for Special Event and Foster Volunteers)

Thank you again for your interest in volunteering for KHS. We look forward to meeting you!

Volunteer Opportunities

S.N.I.P. Office

Office volunteers at the S.N.I.P. Clinic ensure the smooth, seamless operation of the office by keeping clutter to a minimum, filing paperwork and getting admissions paperwork ready for the next day’s patients. Volunteers also play a key role in scheduling appointments as our call volume is very heavy. By helping keep calls answered they help keep our schedule full. SNIP office volunteers need to commit to at least one shift M-F between the hours of 7:00am-5:00pm (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Donation Box

Volunteers will place the Donation Bank “Belly Bank” in area businesses for customers to deposit change. The volunteer will then collect the money at the end of each month and report the earnings back to KHS. (Adult, Student and Junior Volunteers)

Outreach Ambassador

Outreach Ambassadors distribute information and literature about Kentucky Humane Society programs and services at local community events. These volunteers help educate the public about responsible pet ownership and encourage them to get involved. Outreach Ambassadors help us reach more people in the community. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Special Events Ambassador

Special Events Ambassadors provide assistance executing special KHS events. Volunteers work booths, handle money, respond to customer questions and more. Our signature annual events are Waggin’ Trail, Tuxes & Tails and Picture Your Pets with Santa. (Adult, Student and Junior Volunteers)

Pet Photography

Photographers and Photographer’s Assistants increase adoptions by creating high-quality photos of our adoptable furry friends, posted on www.kyhumane.org. The photography shows the beauty and personality of each pet, greatly increasing the chances for our pets to be adopted. (Adult and Student Volunteers)

Pet Behavior Help Line

The Pet Behavior Help Line is an answering machine-based hotline for people to call in and receive answers to questions they have regarding their pet. Volunteers receive and respond to caller questions. Questions range from behavior to pet food help to surrendering an animal. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Working Cat

The Working Cat program places cats that are not considered adoptable by traditional standards into good outdoor homes. Volunteers educate potential owners about the working cat program and its benefits. They help place cats in their new environments and pick up equipment after the introduction of the cats. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Canine Coach

Canine Coaches help to ensure that each dog on the adoption floor is exercised and socialized every day. Since dogs are social animals that thrive when given appropriate interaction, this program is vital to the overall health of each animal as they await a forever home. Walking dogs helps them to stay calm, relaxed and friendly during their time at KHS. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Kitty Comfort

Kitty Comfort volunteers are vital in increasing adoptability of cats in the shelter environment by providing necessary enrichment, exercise and interaction. Interactions with people help to socialize and encourage friendly behavior, which increases adoptability. (Adult, Student and Junior Volunteers)

Puppy Pals

Puppy Pal volunteers help ensure that every puppy is exercised and socialized each day. Puppies need lots of attention and handling to get them off to a good start in their new homes. (Adult, Student and Junior Volunteers)

Restful Readers

Restful Readers teach pets to be calm and quiet in the shelter when adopters approach their living spaces.  Adopters often choose a calm dog over a rowdy dog who is jumping on the kennel doors.  Cats enjoy this form of interaction and it tends to keep them from becoming over-stimulated which can occur when being brushed or petted. This program provides a rewarding opportunity for people who aren’t able or ready to walk large dogs or may prefer the company of cats.

Foster Care Parent

Foster caregivers extend KHS’ shelter walls and provide specialized care to animals in need. There are several different types of foster opportunities, ranging from orphaned neonates to injured or ill adults. By offering a safe, warm home and loving care, our foster caregivers help animals in need on their journey home. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Transport

Volunteer transporters use their personal vehicles to transport animals to and from the shelter for adoption/rescue. Their work frees our drivers to focus on their daily tasks and ensures all animals are transported in a timely manner. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Vet Services at S.N.I.P.  (beach)

Vet Services – or beach – volunteers help monitor dogs and cats after their spay/neuter surgery at the S.N.I.P. Clinic. Volunteers also assist with end of day clean-up and preparation for the next day of surgeries. These are the shifts available M-F: AM Shift: 9:00am-1:00pm
PM Shift: 1:00pm-5:00pm. This volunteer opportunity requires sitting, standing and squatting for long periods of time. Volunteers need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs from the floor. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

External Behavior Assistant

Behavior Assistants play a vital role is assisting with group training classes offered to the public. Assistants work under the direct supervision of the lead behavior trainer and help ensure all behavior students have a positive, productive class. (Adult Volunteers ONLY)

Volunteer Orientation & Training Dates

Please keep in mind, Volunteers who wish to volunteer at the Main Campus will be required to attend training at that location. Student Volunteers are required to attend a Student Orientation (those dates will emailed to you once you have turned in your application). Orientation and training each generally last one and a half hours.

Main Campus (241 Steedly Drive)
(Training for the Main Campus will be immediately following the orientation.) 

Saturday, October 4th, at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 15th, at 10:00 a.m.
There is no volunteer orientation in December

East Campus (1000 Lyndon Lane)
(Training for the East Campus will be the day after the orientation at 5:00pm)

Tuesday, October 7th, at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18th, at 5 p.m.
There is no volunteer orientation in December

 

Student Orientation (East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane)

Monday, November 10th, at 5 p.m.

 

****You must attend orientation and training before you can volunteer at KHS