Current Volunteer Opportunities

FOSTER-see previous page for Foster application



Foster volunteers provide temporary care for one or more shelter pets in their own homes until the pets are ready for adoption. Often, these pets are too young to be placed in the shelter or have special needs that require a nurturing home environment.  After spending time in foster care, these pets are healthier and happier, which means they are well-prepared to be adopted by a loving family. As a foster parent, you may give a mother cat and her kittens a place to live until the kittens are old enough for the entire family to return to the shelter for adoption. You could help rehabilitate a dog with a broken leg that is healing or you might foster an animal that needs behavior modification, socialization or one that is not thriving in the shelter. Foster animals may stay anywhere from two weeks to three months or more. Animals are matched with foster parents based on the individual needs of the pet and the experience, preference and availability of foster parents. KHS fosters animals year-round, but the greatest need is during “kitten season.”


Provide a clean, safe, loving environment.

Follow all directions given regarding feeding, medications and care.

Agree to home visits and periodic checks.


Must be 18 years or older.

You must own your home or have landlord permission and have a safe, clean room designated for the animals.


Varies depending on animal being fostered.



MAINTENANCE (Building, vehicles, landscape, etc.)

*We currently need help shoveling snow.


KHS relies heavily on our volunteer base to assist with shelter, thrift store, and vehicle maintenance needs.  If you are a 'handy' person willing to work on a variety of maintenance needs, please let us know! Our 40-year old building could use you!  We always need help mowing, weed eating and with snow removal.


Varies depending on the job.


Must be 18 years or older.

Varies depending on the job.


Varies depending on the job.






Fundraising events are a crucial part of everyday life at the shelter.  Several events occur throughout the year and are managed mostly by volunteers.  Each event is unique and requires a variety of skill sets.


Assist the Development Director and Volunteer Coordinator with fundraising strategies and event coordination.

Work with fundraising committees to support fundraising activity plans that maximize participation and/or contributions, while minimizing costs.

Coordinate and promote fundraising events and activities that encourage new and/or increased contributions.

Assist with the solicitation of cash and in-kind donations and sponsorships from individuals and businesses.

Secure commitments of participation and donations from individual and corporate donors.


Must be 18 years or older.

Must have previous fundraising experience.

Must have good knowledge of the community.

Strong motivational and persuasive skills.

High level of attention to detail.

Must have reliable transporation and is willing to utilize your own vehicle.

Hours will vary depending on the fundraiser schedule.  Weekends and evenings are typical.


Dependent upon event.





*Shifts are currently full. Please email to be placed on a wait list.


The Customer Service Volunteer is responsible for providing quality assistance to the community. You will assist KHS front desk staff by professionally promoting our mission, services, programs, events and adoption efforts.


Answer phone calls, take and deliver messages to staff.

Return voice mails and record in voice mail book.

Greet and direct the public.

Distribute forms to the public.

Assist with animals in and out of vet room on spay/neuter  days.

Knowledge of all programs that KHS offers.


Must be 18 years or older.

Must be able to commit to a minimum of one 3-hour shift per week.

Shifts are Monday-Saturday 12-3 & 3-6 and Sundays from 12-2 & 2-4.

*Contact us to see what shifts are currently open.

Customer service experience.

Business phone handling experience.

Ability to remain calm in a busy and at times stressful environment.

Cat & dog handling experience to assist customers and staff.


Must be able to sit and stand for long lengths of time.

Must be able to lift 50+ pound dogs/crates into vet room on spay/neuter days (Tuesday and Thursdays and occasional Fridays)

Must have excellent hearing and be able to hear in a very noisy environment.





*Please email to be put on a wait list.


Dog walkers are responsible for giving dogs increased physical exercise through walking and enrichment by interacting with them in the yard, which will help to alleviate their stress and boredom while they are here at the shelter. Dog walkers will work with dogs of various sizes, shapes, breeds and manners.


Clean up after dogs while walking and also in kennels if needed.

Must have a high tolerance for loud noises and adverse weather conditions.

Read kennel cards to learn as much as possible about the dog before walking.

Commit to using the handling and training protocols outlined by KHS.

Be receptive to feedback and have a willingness to learn.

Dog walkers will also assist with adoptions when needed.


Must be 18 years or older.

Have basic dog walking experience.

Must complete KHS dog walk training.

Must commit to two-1hour shifts per month to remain an active volunteer.

Available to walk dogs during open hours. Monday-Saturdays 12-6 and Sundays 12-4. Sign up in hour increments.


Must be in good  physical condition because of the high level of physical activity involved.

Must be able to bend and kneel to harness dogs.

Visting the Shelter


Shelter Hours

Viewing Pets

Monday-Saturday 12 - 6 pm

Sunday 12 - 4 pm


Meeting Pets and Adoptions

Monday-Saturday 12 - 5:30 pm

Sunday 12 - 3:30 pm


Physical Address

11650 N. Ramsey Road

Hayden, ID 83835


Mailing Address

PO Box 1005

Hayden, ID 83835


208.772.4019 - Phone

208.762.8645 - Fax


Chase, 3-yr-old, male, Pit Bull Terrier
Misty, 1-yr-old, female, DMH

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