Donate to Hawaii Island Humane Society


Volunteers help in many ways and every position helps. By becoming a part of our team of dedicated volunteers and staff, you will be helping the animals and the people of Hawaii.Molly Chispa volunteer

There are many areas where volunteers can work at HIHS, along with the training and time commitments.

Sample Volunteer Tasks:

  • Cat Socialization: Playing, brushing, giving treats
  • Dog Socialization: Taking a dog in the park, bathing, basic obedience training
  • General Help: Re-fill water bowls, laundry, help front desk staff
  • Special Event Support: Help at one of our fundraising or mobile adoption events. Assist in marketing the event, support staff at the event or sit with adoptable animals.
  • Photography: We use photos to promote adoptions on social media, our website and printed material. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to help.
  • Have a special skill or talent? Let us know and we can customize a project for you or let you know when you need your help.


Download the Volunteer/Foster brochure here.

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Do you like to take photos and love animals? We need a volunteer photographer at our Waimea shelter for dogs and cats. It's very flexible - come when you can. Professional photographers not necessary. If you're interested in helping shelter animals by taking photos, please call Bebe Ackerman at 808-217-0154 or email her at

Check out this before and after photo - it truly makes a difference!!

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How to Apply

An orientation and signed waiver are required before you may begin volunteering. In orientation you will learn about our policies, procedures and get a tour of the shelter. After orientation you are free to volunteer any day and time that our shelter is open. Contact Bebe Ackerman at 808-217-0154 or email to schedule your orientation!This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dogs are more likely to be adopted after having a run in the yard and a nice bath. Our feline friends need human interaction and someone to cuddle with!

Get started with the Volunteer Application.