Donate to Hawaii Island Humane Society


Disclaimer: Unfortunately, we are not accepting new volunteers to our Animal Community Center in Kona at this time. Currently, we are unable to offer our Volunteer Introductions at ACC, so if this is your preferred location, please email so we can notify you when Volunteer Introductions become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Mahalo for your interest in Hawaii Island Humane Society. When you join the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s ‘Ohana, you are joining a community of volunteers and staff committed to providing a progressive and fear-free approach of care and love to all our shelter guests. Volunteers are a valuable and essential asset to our organization, and to the many animals in our shelters that need loving homes. We cannot do the work we do without people like you!

We have volunteer opportunities every day of the week in flexible shifts that work with your schedule, at both shelter locations. Come join our team and help socialize cats and kittens, enrich the lives of dogs, make sure our laundry is so fresh and so clean, and more! The minimum age to volunteer is 8 years old, and children under 16 years old will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during their shifts.

We have several opportunities available, such as:

  • Cat Room Assistant
  • Cat Socialization
  • Dog Kennel Assistant
  • Dog Behavior and Enrichment
  • Laundry
  • Events Assistant

We also have limited opportunities for group volunteer visits. To learn more, please contact

Happy volunteers

How to become a volunteer

  • Schedule an appointment for the Volunteer Introduction, where we'll discuss our organization and take a tour of the shelter to learn about the different volunteer opportunities.
  • Upon completing the Volunteer Introduction, you will be sent the link to fill out the Volunteer Application.
  • Once your application is approved, you can start signing up for shifts!
  • Schedule Appointment

For existing volunteers

Log in to the Volunteer Portal to sign up for shifts:

Contact information

Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (808) 334-3351