Thank you for your interest in our volunteer program and thank you for your patience! We have temporarily suspended accepting new volunteers for in-shelter tasks until further notice and the waitlist for in-shelter volunteering is currently closed. We are in the process of re-opening our in-shelter volunteer program. We will be making an announcement here on how to apply to become a new volunteer as soon as we have more details. Please keep checking this page for updates.
However, we are still accepting new volunteers for our Foster program, S.N.I.P. Clinic, and Willow Hope Farm. Read through our Volunteer Program FAQ, linked below, to apply.

For returning and current volunteers, you can find available shifts on Volunteer Hub. If you are unable to log in to Volunteer Hub, or have questions about returning including our most up-to-date COVID procedures, please contact Outreach Coordinator Eugina Scoggins at escoggins@kyhumane.org. If it was been longer than a year since you have been trained or worked a volunteer shift, please contact Eugina Scoggins before signing up for a shift. For those who have never volunteered with KHS before and are interested in learning more about becoming an in-shelter volunteer, please note that the waitlist for in-shelter volunteering is currently closed. Due to the high volume of inquiries, please allow us 2 weeks to contact you about questions you may have. For general information about the program in the meantime, read through our “Volunteer Program FAQ” before filling out the volunteer interest survey.

At-Home Projects for Volunteers and Students Seeking Service Hours

Did you know you can support the KHS mission as a volunteer right from the comfort of your own home?

For students, we have the At-Home Pet Project Packet chock full of ways to earn service hours by creating enrichment items for the shelter animals to interact with. Enrichment for shelter animals is imperative to their well-being and state of mind as they await adoption, and the donation of these hand-made items supports our lifesaving mission.

Short-term and long-term fostering also helps KHS save more animals! Whether you house a litter of kittens until they are old enough to be adopted, or are able to give a dog a week or two outside of the shelter, you are impacting the ability KHS has to rescue the 6,000+ animals that pass through our shelters annually. If you are interested in learning more about our foster program, click here and fill out the foster application.

Another way to support KHS from home is a Wish List Drive. We rely heavily on the generosity of our big-hearted donors to maintain our high level of intake and care for the homeless animals of Kentucky. We are always in need of items off of our Wish List. KHS provides students with one hour of service for every 10 items that are donated. Students can collect the items and drop them off at any of our locations.

Hosting a fundraiser is a way students, or volunteers of any age, can support the KHS mission from home. Bake-sales, lemonade stands, runs/walks, and percentage of restaurant or store sales are all great ideas for hosting fundraisers to support KHS. For more information and guidelines on hosting a fundraiser, click here. If you have any questions on these and other ways to volunteer or support KHS from home, please contact our Outreach Coordinator Eugina Scoggins at escoggins@kyhumane.org

Special Events Volunteering

Throughout the year, KHS has special events and we need volunteer support to facilitate them. Below is a list of special events for this year and their dates. If you are interested in helping out at any of these, please contact our Outreach Coordinator for more information.

Waggin’ Trail Walk for the Animals – Save the Date: May 22, 2022 at Louisville Slugger Field

  • We are excited to host our Waggin’ Trail Festival for the Animals this year in person at Louisville Slugger Field! Volunteers are needed prior to the event to stuff Wag Bags and mail t-shirts to participants, as well as handing out Wag Bags and t-shirts. On the day of the event, volunteers are needed to facilitate water stations, registration stations and more.

Tuxes & Tails Gala – August 13, 2022 at the Louisville Downtown Marriott

  • This is our annual Black Tie Gala to benefit the animals and ‘s always an amazing and fun event! There is a silent auction, live auction, dinner and dancing. The event will be held in-person for a limited number of guests at the Marriott Downtown. We will need about 25 volunteers (ages 21 and up) to help set-up and tear-down the event space at the Marriott, as well as handle animals that will be at the event, and other duties.

Representing KHS at Community Events – various dates throughout the year

  • We always need volunteers who can set up informational booths and represent KHS to the community. Sometimes this include puppies, sometimes kittens, and it is always a howlin’ good time!

Event Committees – monthly meetings leading up to Tuxes and Tails

  • The KHS Development Team has an event committee that helps put together our large fundraiser events. If you are interested in participating on such a committee, contact our Outreach Coordinator for more information
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