KHS Volunteers

Volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of pets and our staff. The caring and hard-working volunteers of the Kansas Humane Society help in all of our programs throughout the year.

We invite you to join our team today with three easy steps.

1) Fill Out Our Volunteer Application
All potential KHS volunteers must have a volunteer application on file to be considered for the Kansas Humane Society volunteer program. You may download Volunteer Application (PDF), pick one up at KHS or request one by mail by calling 316-524-9196 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2) Attend Orientation, Training Sessions and Interview
Before you begin volunteering at the Kansas Humane Society, we require that you: 

  • attend an Orientation Session (see below). We must receive your completed volunteer application to reserve your space at the orientation)
  • attend an Animal Handling Training Session 
  • complete a one-on-one interview with our Volunteer department
  • pay a one-time program fee (not required for children 17 and under or Foster volunteers)

3) Commit to Volunteering for a Minimum of Six Hours a Month for Six Months
With our flexible hours, you’ll be able to tailor your volunteer experience around your schedule. 

  • Download Volunteer Application (PDF)
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  • Call 316-524-9196

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation is held at the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, on the Murfin Animal Care Campus, just off of K96 on Hillside. We will be meeting in Learning Center B. Please park in the northwest parking lot.

Your orientation includes an introduction to the Kansas Humane Society; a brief history of KHS; Q & A session; explanation of volunteer positions; "Power of Compassion" video and tour of the shelter. You may choose the orientation date that is most convenient for you. Please note this date on your application. We'll email you a reminder of your chosen date. Note: Your choosen date reserves your space in our orientation. If the session you requested is full, we'll contact you. 

Orientation Sessions

KHS Project Companionship

Those of us who love animals know first-hand the wonderful joy and companionship they bring.

But for many people in our society, owning a pet is no longer an option. The Kansas Humane Society's program, "Project Companionship" is designed to bring some of the joy of animals back into the lives of nursing home residents.

Trained Project Companionship volunteers take carefully selected shelter animals to visit local nursing homes and other adult care facilities. During the visit, volunteers take the animals around to get acquainted with the residents. Simply holding or stroking the animal brings about happy memories and conversations about cherished pets, and brightens the day of the residents, animals and volunteers alike. Participating in Project Companionship is truly a rewarding experience.

FAQs

I love animals. I want to be a veterinarian/zookeeper/biologist. Can I volunteer to work with animals?
Of course!  Our volunteer positions range from socializing animals to walking dogs to helping in our veterinary clinic to working with potential adopters.  See our Volunteer Positions for more information.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
You must be 18 or older to volunteer by yourself.  Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be with an adult at all times. We welcome children, ages 9 and up, to volunteer, as long as they are accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian. If you are a parent/child team interested in volunteering, we request that each of you fill out an application form.

I sent in my application. When can I start volunteering? 
All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session, animal handling training and follow-up interview before beginning volunteer work.   We must receive your completed volunteer application to reserve your space at the orientation. Reminders will be emailed out one to two weeks prior to your class date. If you are unable to keep your scheduled session, please call 316-524-9196 or send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The two-hour animal handling training is approximately two weeks after the orientation.

What is the fee for?  
We greatly appreciate the time, energy and knowledge that volunteers share with our pets and our guests. This one-time $15 fee helps the KHS offset some of the costs of running our Volunteer Program and provide you with more resources to use while volunteering.  It includes your volunteer t-shirt, name badge, key card, training materials, facility use and mailing costs.  Note: The fee applies to volunteers 18 and older who have attended orientation on or after September 1, 2011; there is no fee for children 17 and under or for KHS Foster Volunteers.

Can I purchase additional volunteer t-shirts? 
Of course! We love to see our volunteers wearing our t-shirts at KHS and in the community. Please contact our Volunteer department to purchase.

  • Adults: First shirt FREE with paid volunteer program fee (see previous question), Additional shirts $10
  • Children 17 and Under: First shirt $5, Additional shirts $10 

Can I get volunteer credit for my school by volunteering at the Kansas Humane Society? 
If your school has a program, we can sign off on the appropriate documentation provided by the volunteer after the community service has been completed.

I need to do court appointed community service. What do you have available?
We can take court appointed community service volunteers as needed on a case by case basisPlease contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

I want to work for or have an internship at the Kansas Humane Society. Who do I contact? 
All employment opportunities and internships are handled through the employment page on our website.  Click here to be taken to our employment page.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Kansas Humane Society to help make a difference in the lives of our animals. If you have any additional questions about our program, please contact our Volunteer department at 316-524-9196 or send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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