Kauai Humane Society

As a volunteer, you are the key to the success of the Kauai Humane Society, and the achievement of our mission to help homeless animals.

Turn your passion into action. KHS volunteers provide a valuable service by helping animals and assisting in community programs. Volunteers learn new skills, meet new people and find their work rewarding. There are many ways to help!

Volunteer Opportunities

Socialize dogs:  Help keep our dogs happy, healthy, and well-adjusted while they wait for their forever home. Exercise and play with them, groom and bathe them, or just sit under a tree and pet one.

Entertain a feline: Cats and kittens long for loving attention. Play with active kittens and cats or just have an adult cat curl up on your lap.

Foster a pet in need: Invite a litter of puppies or kittens into your home for a few weeks socialize and have them mature to adoption weight and age. You can also help an animal through a medical trauma. We provide food, beds, medical treatments, and support. All you need to provide is the love and the home.

Special events: Assist with special events and community outreach programs that advocate animals, educate the public, and raise awareness of the Kauai Humane Society and our mission.

Humane education assistant:  Lend a hand in classroom presentations at our popular Critter Camps for school-age children or with our ‘Opio Kokua program on Saturday afternoons.

Volunteer with your pet: Volunteers take their visitation certified pets to visit long-term nursing facilities through our PALS Program, and PAWS to Read. PAWS volunteers take and their easygoing dogs to visit schools and libraries around Kaua`i to help kids improve their reading skills. PALS volunteers and their canine companions visit long term care facilities, senior living facilities and work with hospice.

Resale shop clerk:  Assist the staff in our Lihue store with customer service, cashiering, pricing, and shelving merchandise.

Save Our Shearwaters: Help with transporting birds from locations across all around the island to the shelter, as well as cleaning and feeding birds during rehabilitation. Additional training required by SOS team.

Take pictures: Increase an animal’s chance of adoption by photographing our animals for publicity materials and our website. This is a weekly commitment of 2 hours for 2 volunteers (a handler & a photographer).

Vaccine Clinic: Feline fix days, vaccine clinics, and spay/neuter program are keeping the KHS vet clinic staff very busy. We are looking for volunteers interested in assisting our vet staff deal with the constant demand for service.

Volunteer from home: We have opportunities for volunteers who cannot come into the shelter including: donation collections, outreach, behavior helpline, and adoption follow-up calls.  

Introduce dogs to Kaua`i: WOW Team (Wags on Wheels) visits communities and events around the island to introduce shelter dogs to potential adopters. Or sign-up to take KHS dogs to Petco and Natural Pet.

Gomez’ Galley: Have fun helping Kauai families keep their companion animals at home by distributing pet food at various locations around the island.

Front Desk/Office Assistant: Assemble adoption folders, greet visitors, or help with filing.

Volunteer Orientation: Volunteer orientations are an informative introduction to KHS and the opportunities that we offer.  The orientations are approximately three hours and include a tour of our facility and hands-on training. General Volunteer orientations are held at 10:00am on the second Saturday of each month, here in the classroom at KHS.

In addition to attending an orientation, we ask all volunteers to:

  • Attend a 1 hour hands-on training.  Additional training may be required for some positions.
  • Sign a waiver, code of ethics and photo release.
  • Purchase a volunteer T-shirt for $10.00.
  • Always wear closed-toed shoes for your safety.

Email Jessica for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to work alone. Children from 10-17 years-of-age may volunteer with parent or guardian who is also a Kauai Humane Society volunteer.