Volunteer With Us

Mahalo for your interest in joining our volunteer program! When you join the Hawaiian Humane ʻohana, you’re joining a community of volunteers and staff committed to providing love and support for the pets in our care.   



Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently accepting volunteer applications for:

We will continue to open up more opportunities. We appreciate your patience in this process as we launch our new programs while we meet the needs of our shelter during the pandemic.

Volunteer requirements

  • Age – At this time, all roles except Off-Site Cat Adoptions, require that volunteers be at least 18 years of age. Youth interested in getting involved can also check out our education and service-learning opportunities.
  • Time commitment – Volunteers must be able to make a commitment of 3 hours per week for at least 3 months. Unable to make the required commitment? Our Off-Site Cat Adoption Volunteer role requires a commitment of 1 hour a week for at least 3 months.

Application process

Upon submission, your onboarding process will take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete. There is a $25 suggested program donation that covers the cost of administrative processing, background check fees and volunteer uniform. 

1. Application
2. Virtual General Volunteer Orientation (GVO)
3. Interview & Background Screening
4. Training Classes


Other Volunteer Programs

This role is an on-call position and only deployed in the case of a natural disaster. EPS volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Emergency Pet Sheltering (EPS) is a program that responds to emergencies and disasters island-wide as it pertains to animals. Through this program, we set up temporary pet shelters adjacent to human emergency shelters across the island to house the pets of individuals in our community, with our goal of keeping pets and their people together. Volunteers in this role would be responsible for supervising these pet shelters with Hawaiian Humane support.


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Foster Volunteer

Foster volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Our foster care program helps animals in need of temporary tender, loving care. Shelter animals in need of care may be too young, underweight, ill, injured, recovering from surgery or require more socialization before being ready for adoption. 


Group Volunteering

Group volunteer opportunities are not available at this time. If your business or group would like to support the Hawaiian Humane Society, please visit our Wish List or Ways to Give pages to learn more about how you can offer support through donations.