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 no 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 (Available Online or 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 would like one mailed to you, please call us at 269-345-1181. Thank you for your interest in the Kalamazoo Humane Society!

Animal Shelter Adoption Counselors
On Wednesday evenings, KHS volunteers staff the Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement shelter from 4:00-7:00 pm and serve as advisers to members of the public looking to adopt a new pet, find a lost pet, or turn in an animal for adoption. Volunteers clean cages and make animals comfortable for the night prior to leaving. Special training is provided by the Humane Society’s Volunteer Program Coordinator and lead Adoption Counselors. Volunteers help about once a month and are asked to make a minimum six-month commitment. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and dependable.


Operation Fix-It (OFI)
This innovative program helps limited-income pet owners spay and neuter their cats and dogs. Operation Fix-It for cats utilizes volunteers to assist with animal check-in (7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) Volunteers must be 18 years of age.


Special Fundraising Events
Volunteers are needed to assist at the various events that KHS hosts each year. Volunteer opportunities normally require a three to four commitment. Work includes selling merchandise and raffle tickets, answering the public’s questions and providing information about the Humane Society and its programs and services, set up and tear down at events and various jobs.


Educational Outreach Events
Volunteers should be able to answer questions about pet care, solutions to pet problems, information on animal welfare issues and provide detailed information on KHS animal assistance programs and services. Opportunities occur throughout the year at events such as the Kalamazoo County Fair, festivals and events, and to community and civic groups.