Volunteer

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.– Author Unknown

Each year, hundreds of volunteers log thousands of hours to help us provide programs and services that simply would not be possible without the help of our Volunteers.

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities at BFHS. If you have a gift or skill you’d like to share that you don’t see listed, contact us at volunteer@bfhs.com and let us know.

Volunteer Requirements:

Attend a Volunteer Orientation16 years of age and overAble to commit to 8 hours over a 3 month periodAble to bend, squat, twist, lift, or stand for long periods.Possess customer service skills and are able to read, write, and communicate clearly. All volunteer positions will work directly with the public, staff and other volunteers.Have access to the Internet and an email account.Able to pass a background check.

Volunteer Orientations:

We hold a volunteer orientation every other Tuesday at 6:15pm at our facility, 1736 E. 7th Ave. Kennewick, WA 99337. The orientation lasts about an hour. We will learn a bit about BFHS, what our volunteers do, and some of the other programs we use to support the animals. We will also take a short tour of the facility. At the end of the orientation, if you choose to volunteer, you will fill out a volunteer application (if you haven’t already), availability schedule and identify which volunteer opportunities you are interested in. Our volunteer coordinator will then follow up with you to schedule subsequent safety and work-related training shifts based on what you are interested in.

Our Volunteer Positions Include:

Cat and Dog Kennel Assistants: Walking and exercising dogs, brushing and combing dogs and cats, playing with puppies, and handling cats and kittens. Cleaning animal enclosures, dishes, laundry.
Outreach Efforts:
Have fun and educate the public at the same time about the mission of BFHS and the need for adoptive homes for hard to adopt animals.Fundraisers: Help organize fundraisers, set up tables and chairs, man booths.Offsite Adoption: Organize and help execute adoption events, complete adoption of animals. Supervise animals at all times to ensure animals are enjoying the event.Pet Therapy: Visit local retirement and assisted living homes with an appropriate animal, supervise animal at all times during visit to ensure both residents and animals are enjoying the visit.
Office Help:
Working in our shelter office and reception area is a great way to build your resume! All kinds of tasks from filing, reception duties, and more help free our staff to provide more direct care for our animals.
Data Entry/Medical Intake Assistant:
Assist medical staff during intakes, input data on individual animals regarding vaccinations and surgeries or other procedures.
Photography:
Use your skills in photography to help our animals find homes! Or assist photographers by handling animals and helping our photographer get that perfect shot.Other opportunities to serve include humane education, pet photography or photographers assistant, grounds-keeping, donor stewardship, and more.

Join us! Give one day, or one small deed. It will make a difference. You’ll see.

Please contact our Shelter Services Supervisor Amanda Villarreal by email at volunteer@bfhs.com or by phone at (509) 374-4235. Feel free to contact us below with any questions or concerns.