Please watch our orientation video, review our volunteer handbook and complete the quiz below to ensure before filling out the volunteer application.

Orientation Video:

Volunteer Handbook:



1. WHS volunteers must be at least 16 years old.


3. Our Volunteer Program will not satisfy court mandated community service hours.

4. Our Volunteer Program requires a weekly commitment on a year-round basis. It is not intended for short-term or student projects. Please visit our website for suggested activities to meet school or group requirements.

5. YOU WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL AFTER YOUR APPLICATION IS PROCESSED. The Volunteer Manager will reach out within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application.

Name and Address

General Information

Emergency Contact Information


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.


Do you have any medical conditions or limitations that could hinder your participation in volunteer activities? YES/NO If so, please describe.

Skills & Training

Relevant Skills & and Training:

Which volunteer team(s) are you interested in?

What volunteer positions are you interested in? Choose up to 3 that interest you most.

Public Interaction

Volunteering at WHS involves frequent interaction with the public and staff. How do you feel about interacting with all types of people and taking direction from others?


WHS makes every possible effort to work with the needs (behavioral, medical, etc.) of every animal in our care. We DO NOT euthanize animals due to age, space, or length of stay. However, euthanasia is necessary in some instances. How do you feel about this?


Please provide information on any pets you have at home, including what kind (dog, cat, rabbit, reptile, etc).

Volunteer Goal

Besides helping animals, what do you hope to gain from volunteering at WHS?

Volunteer Service Agreement

I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a volunteer, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including the acceptance of established volunteer policies and procedures before I may begin volunteering.


As a volunteer for the Whatcom Humane Society, I agree to:


Serve in an entirely voluntary capacity, without receiving any compensation or employment benefits available to regular WHS employees.


Make a commitment of at least 6 hours per month (if necessary per job description) for a minimum of 6 months to my volunteer services.


Adhere to sign-in, scheduling (if necessary), training and safety procedures.


Carry out my volunteer duties in accordance with training protocol and seek assistance from WHS staff when necessary.


Conduct myself with dignity, courtesy and consideration for others (two and four legged) and strive to make my volunteer duties professional in quality.


Wear my volunteer T-shirt (or other appropriate uniform) and name badge at all times while in the facility.


Wear appropriate clothing for the duties I am performing. Absolutely NO shorts or open-toed shoes allowed.


ALWAYS exercise compassion and care with animals, never treating an animal in a way that could be construed as abusive or disrespectful.


NOT discuss animals housed in the stray kennels, quarantine kennels or animals being held in protective custody at the shelter.


Accept the guidance and decisions of the professional staff at WHS regarding animal care decisions and volunteer procedures. Any problems or disagreements should be discussed with the Volunteer Manager.


If I am away from the Whatcom Humane Society for 2 months or more I understand that I will be required to go through a retraining course in the areas for which I have been volunteering.


I am volunteering at WHS as a concerned citizen. I will not ask WHS to track my hours for court appointed community service or school projects.


I agree to be trained in one area and stay in this area for at least 3 months before being cross-trained in any other area.  I also agree that the needs of WHS may supersede my desires in working in a particular area.



I understand the handling of animals and other volunteer activities involves a risk of injury. On the behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives and executors, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Whatcom Humane Society, its employees and agents from any claims, causes of action and demands of any nature arising out of, or in connection with my volunteer activities on behalf of the Whatcom Humane Society.


I understand in the event of an accident while performing my duties as a volunteer, I will be covered by the State of Washington Workers Compensation Insurance for medical costs only.


I understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering and I hereby authorize WHS to use any photographs of me in its possession for public relations purposes.