Get Involved

Many Ways To Help

 There are many ways to get involved and help the pets at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. We rely on volunteers to help the animals in our care receive adequate attention, affection, exercise, care, and love. 

We need foster homes for our most young and fragile pets, and our bigger pets require regular help in learning their manners so that they too can find homes. There are so many ways to help.

We also rely on our members and donors to provide the products and cash that it takes to keep the animals fed, sheltered, and medically attended. 

Beside donations, much of our funding comes from our annual fundraisers. We can use reliable volunteers to help with these events. We are continually running or planning events, so give us a call or send an email if you want more information of our upcoming events. 

(It is a common misunderstanding in the community that we are a county funded shelter. We do have stray animal boarding contracts with Skagit county and with a number of cities in both Skagit and Snohomish counties, but we are a private non-profit organization that relies on donations, fundraising, and profits from the sales at our thrift shop to keep our doors open.)

Visit the tabs above to learn more about volunteering, donating money or products, fostering animals in need, or becoming a member.
 

Many Ways To Help

 There are many ways to get involved and help the pets at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. We rely on volunteers to help the animals in our care receive adequate attention, affection, exercise, care, and love. 

We need foster homes for our most young and fragile pets, and our bigger pets require regular help in learning their manners so that they too can find homes. There are so many ways to help.

We also rely on our members and donors to provide the products and cash that it takes to keep the animals fed, sheltered, and medically attended. 

Beside donations, much of our funding comes from our annual fundraisers. We can use reliable volunteers to help with these events. We are continually running or planning events, so give us a call or send an email if you want more information of our upcoming events. 

(It is a common misunderstanding in the community that we are a county funded shelter. We do have stray animal boarding contracts with Skagit county and with a number of cities in both Skagit and Snohomish counties, but we are a private non-profit organization that relies on donations, fundraising, and profits from the sales at our thrift shop to keep our doors open.)

Visit the tabs above to learn more about volunteering, donating money or products, fostering animals in need, or becoming a member.
 

Shop At Our Thrift Shop

 The Humane Society Thrift Shop in Mount Vernon, Washington is our primary means of fundraising for the animal shelter. Shopping at our thrift shop is a win/win opportunity: you get cool second hand duds, and we get the money that we need to continue our life-saving program. The thrift shop also has select friendly felines available for adoption. You can visit the shop at the address below:
 

Shop At Our Thrift Shop

 The Humane Society Thrift Shop in Mount Vernon, Washington is our primary means of fundraising for the animal shelter. Shopping at our thrift shop is a win/win opportunity: you get cool second hand duds, and we get the money that we need to continue our life-saving program. The thrift shop also has select friendly felines available for adoption. You can visit the shop at the address below:
 

Foster

 

Saving the lives of kittens and puppies

We are incredibly grateful to the foster families who help us give dogs with puppies, cats with kittens, and orphaned youngsters the best possible environment during their formative weeks. 
The Humane Society is often in need of good foster homes to provide care for young kittens or puppies until they are old enough to be adoptable. This can require up to a two month commitment. Foster homes need to have an area where they can isolate their own pets from the foster pets. If you are interested and are a responsible pet lover,
please email janine.c@skagithumane.com and humanesocietyofskagitvalley@gmail.com
I will send you some information but I truly encourage you to stop by the Humane Society to fill out an application.  We need as many Foster Parents on standby so when the need arises we call upon you.  Please let us know what you are willing to Foster, as our program can be as little as 4 weeks or up to 14 weeks.  It all depends on the needs.

Giving a mature pet a better chance

You may also choose to foster any of our other animals in the shelter. This helps free up room at the shelter so that we may take in other needy animals. It also helps dogs and cats by taking them out of the stressful shelter environment and helps to acclimate them to a home environment which makes them more adoptable. This is a unique request as the Humane Society is open 7 days a week, the need for a Foster of this kind of pet requires flexibility to be available to do meet and greets, 
 

Foster

 

Saving the lives of kittens and puppies

We are incredibly grateful to the foster families who help us give dogs with puppies, cats with kittens, and orphaned youngsters the best possible environment during their formative weeks. 
The Humane Society is often in need of good foster homes to provide care for young kittens or puppies until they are old enough to be adoptable. This can require up to a two month commitment. Foster homes need to have an area where they can isolate their own pets from the foster pets. If you are interested and are a responsible pet lover,
please email janine.c@skagithumane.com and humanesocietyofskagitvalley@gmail.com
I will send you some information but I truly encourage you to stop by the Humane Society to fill out an application.  We need as many Foster Parents on standby so when the need arises we call upon you.  Please let us know what you are willing to Foster, as our program can be as little as 4 weeks or up to 14 weeks.  It all depends on the needs.

Giving a mature pet a better chance

You may also choose to foster any of our other animals in the shelter. This helps free up room at the shelter so that we may take in other needy animals. It also helps dogs and cats by taking them out of the stressful shelter environment and helps to acclimate them to a home environment which makes them more adoptable. This is a unique request as the Humane Society is open 7 days a week, the need for a Foster of this kind of pet requires flexibility to be available to do meet and greets, 
 

Volunteer!

Why Volunteer?

 
Make a Difference!

  • Be part of a team dedicated to helping homeless and abused animals in our community
  • Meet people with similar interests
  • Share special skills and develop new ones that benefit both yourself and the organization
  • Enhance your resume with valuable experience
  • Acquire references for educational or employment interviews
  • OVERLOAD ON UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND WET KISSES!

How Can I Help?

 

  • Help us enrich the dogs and cats with exercise
  • Groom cats and dogs 
  • Help us with Outreach Adoption Events & educating the community
  • Match lost & found records 
  • Clean kennels between 8 and 11 am 
  • Assist in feeding and watering pets
  • Become a Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Bottle-feed the very young animals 
  • Take pets to nursing homes 
  • Assist at the Thrift Shop 
  • Assist in developing humane education programs
  • Afternoon Care for animals
  • Make dog collars 
  • Graphic Design, Marketing and Social Media
  • Help with fundraisers
  • Assist potential adoptees in kennel area 
  • Become a board member 
  • Bathe dogs in our large bathing tub
  • Help with dog training
  • Help with paperwork and administrative tasks
  • Transport Feral Felines to get spayed or neutered 

Sign Me Up!

Sign me up! 

  • To become a volunteer or for more information, please stop by HSSV or call us at (360) 757-0445 Orientation is approx 1 hour includes a tour.
  • We hold a volunteer orientation most months on the second Saturday at 10:00 am at the shelter (please call to register or email at janine.c@skagithumane.com). Please check our Upcoming Events Calendar on the bottom of our homepage to confirm volunteer orientation dates.
  • All volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Even the youngest helpers can share their love and compassion with our pets, but parents must be able to commit 100% attention to helping young volunteers. 
  • Please read our Volunteer Manual and fill out and turn in the Volunteer Application/Liability forms on pages 9 and 10. (Directions: From Google Docs, click on the Download button to move the document onto your computer. Then you can type in your information, print pages 9 & 10, sign, and bring them to the volunteer orientation.) Download the Volunteer Manual/ Volunteer forms

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Volunteer Manual

Click on a file to download.