Volunteers Make a Difference Here

There's something for everyone at Woodford Humane! Whatever it is that you love to do, we'd love to put your talents and passions to work for our homeless pets. From walking dogs to event planning to photography, there are a million ways to help. We'll help you find your niche.


For the sake of safety, we do have a minimum age requirement of 14 years old, and all volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Younger folks who want to help are encouraged to do so through our Humane Education Coordinator Julia Johnson, who can help arrange group visits to the Adoption Center and activities that are less hands-on with the animals.

Volunteer Orientation

In order to ensure an enjoyable and safe environment for our animals and new volunteers, orientation is required prior to your first visit. Please call the Adoption Center at 859-873-5491 or email Community Outreach Director Casey Hernandez in order to reserve a seat. Volunteer orientations are pre-scheduled and contain a limited number of seats. If you miss your scheduled orientation time, please contact us in order to reserve a spot in another session.

Orientations take place at our Adoption Center from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, and typically fall on the third Tuesday of every month. Check our events calendar to find the next orientation date! You'll get a great overview of Woodford Humane's past and present, as well as a chance to meet staff and pets, and familiarize yourself with our facility.

Why Volunteer?

Everyone's reasons for becoming a volunteer are different, but the one thing that brings us all together is our love of animals! Volunteering can be an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, get a little cuddle time with some furry friends (great if you don't or can't have pets of your own), or just give back to a cause that means something special to you.

When you volunteer at Woodford Humane, you can feel certain that you've made a difference. Without our volunteers supporting our adoption efforts, helping us raise funds, cleaning, feeding, exercising, and just plain loving our pets, we could not provide the exceptional care that we do.

How to Get Started
  1. Fill out a Volunteer Application and waiver, and review our policies. If you are between 14 and 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign your waiver.
  2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation - check our events calendar for the next date!
  3. Talk to Casey about what you want to do; she'll help you find your best route to begin volunteering! Keep in mind that some activities may be seasonal, require additional training, or be full to capacity.