Volunteers

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” -Unknown

The Benton Franklin Humane Society graciously thanks the volunteers who help us provide programs and services that simply would not be possible without their help. From helping with fundraising to cuddling kittens to serving on the Board of Trustees, we value the precious time each and every one of our volunteers honors us with. We hope you’ll consider volunteering with us as well!

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available at the shelter. If you have a skill or gift that isn’t listed, please don’t hesitate to contact volunteer@bfhs.com and let us know!

Volunteer Requirements

*Attend a volunteer orientation
*Be 16 years of age or older
*Able to commit 8 hours over a 3-month period
*Ability to bend, squat, twist, lift, or stand for long periods of time
*Possess customer service skills and be able to read, write, and communicate clearly.  All volunteer positions will interact directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers.
*Have access to the internet and email
*Able to pass a background check

Volunteer Orientations

Orientations are typically held every other Tuesday at 6:15pm at our facility, 1736 E. 7th Ave, Kennewick, WA 99337.  These orientations last about an hour and attendees will learn a bit about BFHS, what our volunteers do, expectations, 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 tour, if you are still interested in volunteering, we will discuss availability and identify which volunteer activities you are interested in.  Our volunteer coordinator will follow-up with you prior to your first volunteer shift to ensure safety and work-related training are completed (where applicable) and to answer any other questions you may have.  Our goal is to make your volunteer experience one that feels good and is safe – for you and the animals.  

Our Volunteer Positions Include:

Cat and Dog Kennel Assistants: Walking and exercising dogs, brushing and combing dogs and cats, playing with puppies, handling kittens and cats, cleaning animal enclosures, dishes, and doing laundry.
Outreach Efforts: Have fun and help educate the public at the same time about the mission of BFHS and the need for adoptive homes, especially for those who may be harder to adopt. Under the direction of the Development Director, help organize fundraisers, set up tables and chairs, man booths.
Offsite Adoptions: Under the direction of our Adoption Coordinator, organize and help execute adoption events and complete adoption of animals. Supervise animals at all times to ensure animals are safe and enjoying the event.
Pet Therapy: Visit local retirement and assisted living homes with an appropriate animal, supervising animal at all times to ensure both the residents and the animals are safe and enjoying the visit.
Office Help: Working in our shelter office and reception area is a great way to build your resume! From filing to reception duties and more, volunteering helps 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, surgeries, or other procedures.
Photography: Use your photography skills to help our animals find homes! Not quite sure about your skills behind a camera? Assist photographers by handling animals and help the photographer get that purrr-fect shot!
Other Opportunities: Grounds-keeping, shelter maintenance, donor stewardship, humane education, and more!

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

Please contact volunteer@bfhs.com for additional information