The Humane Society is always happy to have volunteers come out and help care for our animals. The animals like new faces as well.

Are you interested in Volunteering?  Please contact HSoP and schedule your first shift!  Due to limited space, HSoP can only accommodate so many volunteers at one time. 

Volunteer Hours are available Monday through Friday from 2:00-5:00.  We schedule three volunteers at a time.  To sign up today!

Contact HSoP (208) 883-1166


Do you have questions about volunteering with us? Visit our Volunteering FAQs page!


Volunteer Guidelines

  1. Check in with a staff member upon arrival.

  2. The staff member will assign you to do something that might include:

    • Cat Cuddling

    • Cat brushing

    • Taking cats into our adoption room so they can play and stretch their legs.

    • Dog socializing

    • Dog brushing

    • Laundry

    • Washing dishes

    • Scooping dog kennels

  3. While at the shelter, listen to what the staff member advises you to do. The staff member is responsible for your actions, so please do as instructed.

  4. You might hear many things while you are at the shelter, including stories about people abusing their animals and many other issues.

  5. Volunteers may not speak for the Humane Society of the Palouse, Inc. concerning its animals, policies and procedures, or other matters involving the Humane Society. These matters will be handled strictly by the staff or Board of Directors.

  6. The sick/isolation room is off limits unless otherwise instructed by a staff member.  You must follow all of our disease control procedures. This is for your safety, as well as the safety of the animals at the shelter and in your own home.

  7. If you see a customer who needs assistance, please alert the staff.  Do not ever attempt to answer questions yourself.

  8. Please stay out of the office and restricted areas

  9. Please don't answer the phone.

  10. If an animal needs special attention (fighting, nails needing to be clipped, or worse), please do not attempt to solve the problem yourself, but get a staff member to help.

Junior Volunteers

Additional Guidelines for Younger Volunteers


  • You must be at least 12 years old to be a junior volunteer and you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

  • If a Junior Volunteer is 16-18 years old they may volunteer alone.  A parent or guardian does need to accompany the first visit to sign off on the Junior Volunteer waiver.

  • There is a 3-strikes rule!  If we have to remind you about following these rules three times, you will not be allowed to return to volunteer without a parent.

  • HSoP can not accommodate volunteers under the age of 12 at this time. 

***Junior Volunteers can socialize with animals that are already accustomed to younger people.  If an animal is not comfortable or socialized with children, you will not be allowed to interact with them.***

Group Volunteering

Thank you for considering HSoP as the beneficiary of your groups’ philanthropy! Due to space restrictions experienced by HSoP, we are unable to accommodate groups of volunteers on site.  However, a group of co-workers, friends, students, etc., can do a lot for the animals currently at HSoP by organizing a fundraiser, a pet food drive, or pet supply collection for the homeless animals of Latah County.


While we aren’t able to accommodate groups at our shelter, your group efforts can still make a huge difference to the homeless animals found in your community.


After your group has organized a fundraiser, supported a pet food drive for our Pet Food Pantry, or done a supply collection, a tour is a wonderful way to top off the experience!  This is a great way for your group to see exactly how your efforts have benefited your pet community.


To schedule a group tour, or for fun ideas for group projects, please contact us at:



Fun ideas for how groups can help:

  • Car washes

  • Helping at HSoP events

  • Baked sale

  • Donation drives

  • Pet food drive

  • Making dog toys

  • Making dog treats

  • Making cat greats

  • Making cat toys

  • Making blankets for our kitties!

    • Our cats and kittens love to lie on handmade blankets. You can knit, crochet, or tie blanks out of fleece. The recommended measurement is about 18-20” x 18-20” when you’re finished.

Court Mandated Community Service

Thank you for your interest in serving your mandated community service hours at the Humane Society of the Palouse. Individuals seeking to fulfill community service requirements do not participate in the volunteer program: they complete projects and tasks that do not involve any contact with the animals or the clients at the shelter.


Community Service Volunteers must read the guidelines, complete information profile, and sign the code of conduct/waiver in order to get started. Please note that the Humane Society of the Palouse reserves the right to refuse a Community Service Volunteer for any reason.


  • Community Service Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Volunteers must schedule in advance

  • Time slots available are from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, Monday – Saturday

  • To sign up, please contact HSoP at 1-208-883-1166

  • HSoP reserves the right to turn away any volunteers who do not show up on time and to ask volunteers to leave early if there is not enough work available.

  • Shifts are filled on a first-come first-serve basis and HSoP can only accommodate 1 volunteer per morning.

  • Duties may include laundry, dishes, sorting donations, cleaning, and more.


Dress Protocol


  • To prevent slipping, exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, and injuries, all Community Service Volunteers must wear flat, enclosed rubber-sole shoes at all times.

  • All Community Service Volunteers may not wear: thong sandals, flip flops, or any shoe with an open toe, torn, tattered, bleach-stained clothing, cut-off shorts, T-shirts with a controversial or offensive message, halter tops, back-less shirts, half-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops, dangling earrings or other jewelry that may interfere with volunteer duties.

DIY Volunteering Ideas

Are you interested in helping HSoP but are unable to come into HSoP during our hours of operation? 


This page has great ideas for how you can still help the homeless animals.  Did you know that providing the homeless dogs and cats with toys is very important for their well-being?  The ideas on this page will help you make some very special critters their own toys that are theirs to keep both at HSoP and in their new home.  

Do you have a large group that would like to help HSoP? 


These ideas are great for a large group to do together and then bring into HSoP.  Under each idea, you will find how many volunteer hours you can receive for donating these DIY items. 

Toys needed at HSoP

Stuffed Monkey’s Fist Knot:

  • 1 hour awarded per every 2 toys.

  • Click here for instructions.

No-Sew Fleece Blankets:

  • 1 hour awarded per every 2 blankets.

  • Click here for instructions.

Fleece Dog & Cat Toy:

  • 1 hour awarded per every 5 toys.

  • Click here for instructions.

Flirt Pole:

  • 1 hour awarded per every 2 toys.

  • Click here for instructions.

Ball & Tug Dog Toy

  • 1 hour awarded per every 2 toys.

  • Click here for instructions.

Animal from our shelter.