How You Can Help Our Animals
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Kentucky Humane Society! We depend greatly on the support of our volunteers to ensure the health and happiness of our shelter pets.
All new adult, student, and junior volunteers must attend an orientation and training session at either our Main or East Campus before they begin. Contact Community Relations Manager Carmen Raidy at (502) 515-3145 or [email protected] to schedule an orientation. Please note, we do have a significant waitlist for volunteer positions. Orientation spots are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be patient, as it may be several weeks before we are able to get you in for training. We do have many other rewarding opportunities to help our shelter pets. See below for information about fostering, special events, wish-list drives, and more!
We accept children as young as 10 in our volunteer program. All children ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a trained adult volunteer at all times.
Teens ages 14-17 may volunteer without an adult partner.
Regrettably, we are unable to accommodate court-ordered, traffic diversion, KTAP or Kentucky Works community service.
We have many rewarding volunteer opportunities that do not include working in our shelter or adoption centers, including:
Each year KHS takes in over a 1,000 pets who need a little time in a home before they can be adopted. Typically pets that need temporary homes are too young to be spayed/neutered and adopted, or pets who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery.
You can help KHS "expand its shelter walls" by providing a temporary home to these needy animals. By doing so, you'll help socialize a younger pet, or provide a comfortable, secure place for an older pet to recover. And you'll help KHS save more lives, as the most foster homes we have, the more needy pets we can take in.
Most of our foster caregivers work full time and have other pets at home. Many families enjoy fostering, as the experience teaches children how to care for young or injured pets and how they can personally make a difference in an animal's life.
KHS provides you with 5 hours of service per day. Attending a foster orientation is required. Contact the Foster Coordinator for more information at [email protected].
Our foster program is generously supported by the Petco Foundation and the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
The S.N.I.P. Clinic is a high quality, high-volume clinic that’s dedicated to providing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and wellness examinations for cats and dogs. To date, the clinic has altered more than 85,000 felines and canines! All volunteer opportunities require that you are 18 years of age or older. You could assist at the S.N.I.P Clinic in the office with Veterinary Services (The Beach), at the KHS Healthy Pets Program, or in the office. Contact our Community Relations Manager, Carmen Raidy, at 502-515-3145 or [email protected] for more information.
KHS has special events throughout the year that we need help from volunteers. Below is a list of special events and their dates. If you are interested in helping out at any of these please contact the Community Relations Manager for more information.
Picture Your Pets with Santa: December 3-4 and 10-11, 2016
- This event is at 12 local Feeders Supply stores the first 2 weekends in December. We need around 400 volunteers (ages 10 and up).
Waggin’ Trail Festival for the Animals - June 2017
- This is our annual walk and festival for the animals. It will be at Waterfront Park under the Big Four Bridge. We will need about 30 volunteers (ages 10 and up).
Tuxes & Tails Gala - August 2017
- This is our annual Black Tie Gala to benefit the animals. There is a silent auction, live auction, dinner and dancing. The event will be held at the East End Marriott. We will need about 25 volunteers (ages 21 and up).
Wish List Drive
KHS is always in need of items off of our Wish List. KHS provides you with one-hour of service for every 10 items that are donated. You can collect the items and drop them off at any of our locations.
Keeping our dogs and cats happy as they wait for their forever homes is very important! One of the ways we do this is through enrichment. Enrichment is enhancing an animal’s environment to meet their physical and emotional needs. Click here for different animal enrichment crafts and ideas you can create at home!
Group Volunteer Opportunities
KHS has a variety of group volunteer opportunities for work teams, college groups, sports leagues and more! Whether you want to help with a beautification project or create enrichment items for our animals, we have something rewarding for you and our pets! Our Development Team will give your group a tour of one of our facilities and share more information about KHS’s mission, life-saving work and proactive solutions! Then, you will be put to work with our team and you will help save lives!
- 14 and older
- Group must be five or more participants
- Must contact the KHS Volunteer Coordinator at least a month before the desired date of volunteer service
- Must sign a volunteer waiver to participate
We greatly appreciate a minimum of $5 donation per person, which helps us care for needy shelter animals.
If you are looking for more information or are interested in scheduling a group event please contact our Community Relations Manager, Carmen Raidy, at [email protected] or 502-515-3145.