We have a small staff and there are so many animals and people who need our services. That's why we're always looking for people who love animals and are interested in getting involved in the community. Volunteers are an integral part of the organization's history and mission and provide support to ensure that every animal receives the highest quality of care and compassion. The Humane Society provides its volunteers with meaningful work and the opportunity to learn and grow.
So, you want to be a volunteer?
We have many volunteer opportunities available at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City for committed volunteers who are looking to make a difference. The first step in becoming a HSGKC volunteer is to complete an online volunteer profile. After you have completed the profile, call Jill Aspleaf, the Volunteer Coordinator, at 913-596-1000, ext. 122, to discuss which volunteer opportunities best fit you and your lifestyle. Our volunteers are then required to attend a volunteer orientation and training.
Volunteer orientation and training sessions are scheduled twice each month:
The second Saturday of each month at 10:30am
The fourth Thursday of each month at 10:30am
Please note: we do not accept volunteers that are fulfilling court mandated volunteer hours or diversion hours.
HSGKC volunteers should be 16 years of age or older to volunteer. Children under the age of 16 may volunteer with the supervision of a parent or guardian.
There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer, here are just a few. Specific volunteer positions will be discussed during the interview.
Volunteers are needed at the shelter to help socialize and exercise the animals and to provide assistance to the staff. Walking dogs (must be 18 years of age or older to walk dogs), petting and grooming cats, or doing laundry, filing, paperwork, and outside yard work are some of the ways volunteers help at the shelter. Because we have no set time limits on how long a pet may stay at our shelter, many pets are there for quite some time and need the exercise and attention that volunteers provide.
Satellite Adoption Events
We need volunteers to help with our satellite adoptions, which generally take place on Saturdays. This opportunity involves hanging out with dogs and cats at other locations in order to try to find homes for them. Volunteers can also prepare the pets for these events by bathing and grooming them at our shelter. We need persons who are especially comfortable and experienced with dogs.
Volunteers are needed to assist with special events such as Dog-N-Jog, Art Unleashed and The Kansas City Pet Telethon. Much preparation goes into making these fund-raisers successful and we really count on our volunteers to make it happen!
Dog Training Classes for Volunteers & Staff
Hands on training class using shelter dogs (please no outside dogs!) to teach people how to train in basic obedience skills, correctly getting shelter dogs into and out of kennels and the basics of loose leash walking, all using positive reinforcement training techniques. Presented by Mike Deathe with K.I.S.S. Dog Training. Classes are free and offered to HSGKC staff and volunteers only. RSVP required. Please RSVP to Jill. This class will also be offered June 22.
For more information about our volunteer program, please send an email or call Jill at 913-596-1000 ext. 122.