Volunteering at KCPP

Volunteers are the heart of KC Pet Project and without their time, talents, and resources we would not be able to save the lives of over 10,000 animals each year. Whether you have a free day on the weekend or an occasional hour after work, there is a place for you at KC Pet Project. Join us today to help change an animal’s life forever.

Volunteer Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Volunteer Program at the Kansas City Pet Project is to provide a fulfilling experience to the volunteer, and provide necessary assistance where it’s needed at KCPP. Volunteers are one of our most valuable resources. With your commitment and assistance we will work together to make the organization successful in promoting animal welfare, providing public education on the proper care and treatment of animals, and giving shelter animals some much needed love and attention!

If you are interested in volunteering at the shelter you must fit the below requirements:

  • At least 16 years old or older to volunteer alone, or must be supervised by supervisor/guardian at all times
  • Have a working email account.
  • Must be able to purchase a volunteer t-shirt and wear it every time that you volunteer.
  • Must be able to commit 4 hours of time a month in the first 3 months of volunteering
  • Mature and respectful attitude is required while at shelter at all times.
  • Support the Kansas City Pet Project mission.

*We cannot accommodate volunteers with criminal records that include felonies, or charges involving theft, abuse, or cruelty to animals.

How to Volunteer

We are so excited you want to join us as a Volunteer for Kansas City Pet Project, and can’t wait to welcome you to our team!

To Volunteer at Kansas City Pet Project, please complete the following steps:

1. Download our Volunteer Handbook
This has specific information relating to our policies and procedures, as well as an overview of the different ways you can give your time!

2. Watch our Volunteer Orientation Video
Once you complete this video, you’ll be directed to a short Orientation Quiz that asks questions pertaining to the video – so, keep a pen and piece of paper handy for note-taking!

3. Once you’ve finished your Orientation Quiz, you’ll be given information on how to sign up for a Shelter Tour at one of our three Adoption Center locations. At the Shelter Tour, you’ll be given an opportunity to purchase your Volunteer T-Shirt, and information on how to sign up for your first volunteer shift!

If you have any questions about our Volunteer process, please reach out to the Volunteer Program Manager at Alyssa.Willett@kcmo.org

Group Volunteering

If your group is interested in volunteering at our shelter, we’d love to hear from you! We host corporate groups, youth groups, service clubs, and more at our Main Shelter. Whether your group would like to spend a couple of hours at the shelter, or schedule recurring visits we would love to have you visit us.

Groups help us complete tasks around the shelter that would normally consume valuable staff time, which then takes away from the animals in our care! We rely on groups to help us with general tasks around the shelter such as light landscaping, sorting donations, making enrichment treats, and other various sanitational needs. While groups aren’t able to walk dogs, or socialize with our cats one on one (as this requires further training), we end every group visit with some playtime with cats, and a dog!

To find out more information on how to schedule your group, please email our Volunteer Program Manager, Alyssa Willett, at Alyssa.Willett@kcmo.org

Community Service

Kansas City Pet Project is happy to work with members in our community who need to complete court ordered community service. However, we are not able to accommodate individuals who have a felony charge, or an assault, theft, or animal related offense. We are also only able to accomodate Community Service workers at our Main Shelter location off Raytown Road.

The first step to completing community service at KC Pet Project is to reach out to our Volunteer Program Manager, Alyssa Willett. Please email her to discuss your community service hour needs, and schedule a time for your first visit. Alyssa.Willett@kcmo.org

Other Ways to Help

If you’re unable to give your time to Kansas City Pet Project as a volunteer, you can help us in other ways! We are always in need of different items at the shelter, and you can order straight from our Amazon Wish List and have it delivered to our doorstep, or collect donation items from our Shelter Wish List.
You can also make some fun at home projects that can really make a difference for our shelter pets!