Become a Volunteer

Coronavirus Update for New Volunteers

Due to the impact of coronavirus, we are not accepting new volunteers at this time. Shelter tours for new volunteers will resume at a later date when it is safe to do so, and there will be high demand for these tours. We want to thank you for your desire to help the pets of our shelter. 

To help us during this time, you can sign up to be a foster and help us by sharing our adoptable pets

How do I become a KCPP Volunteer?

Volunteer at KC Pet Project

If you are 16 years or older:

1. Watch our Volunteer Orientation Video

2. Complete our Orientation Quiz
The quiz link will be listed in the video, and will need to be typed in to your browser to access

3. Select a location to attend our Shelter Tour:

  • Main Shelter (7077 Elmwood Avenue KCMO 64132)
  • Zona Rosa (7351 NW 87th Terrace, KCMO 64153)
  • 95th Petco (11620 W 95th Street, Overland Park KS 66214) 

4. Select a date for the Shelter Tour. We offer multiple Shelter Tours a month. If you do not see one available at the location you are interested in, please check back!

Junior Volunteer Information (Ages 7-15)

We love our Junior Volunteers! Our Junior Volunteers are able to assist with watering, enrichment, and various operational and sanitation tasks needed around the shelter. 

Our Junior Volunteers are not able to physically handle animals themselves, but they are able to assist their parent/legal guardian in doing so. All Junior Volunteers must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian at all times. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for following policies and procedures, attending animal-handling trainings (we always welcome our Junior Volunteers to also attend!), and ensuring the Junior Volunteer is following rules set forth by the organization.

The adult to child ratio for Junior Volunteers must be 1:1 (one adult to one child).

All volunteer onboarding, and paperwork, must be completed and signed by the parent/legal guardian of the Junior Volunteer. 

We are not able to accept volunteers 6 years old or younger.

Can My Work/School/Church Volunteer as a Group?

Yes! We would love to host your group at KC Pet Project! 

For more information on group volunteering, or to schedule a visit, please contact our Volunteer Manager at Alyssa.Willett@kcpetproject.org. Please include the type of experience you’re interested in, and the number of people in your group.

Adult groups (16 years old or older) 

We will schedule a tour and then split your volunteering time between light service (cleaning, laundry, special projects). We will end your visit spending time with an adoptable animal when possible!

For youth groups (7 years old to 15 years old)

Our opportunities vary. Please email the Volunteer Program Manager for further information. We are not able to accomodate youth groups 6 years old or younger.

Our groups are not able to walk dogs, or work one on one with cats (as this requires further training), but we do like to end group visits with a little playtime with one of our adoptable dogs when possible!

To find out more information on how to schedule your group, please email our Volunteer Program Manager!

I Need Community Service Hours for School. Can I Complete This at KCPP?

We would love to have you join us at KC Pet Project, and it’s a bonus that your contribution to our organization will also help you get needed service hours for your school. We do not, however, offer one-time service, or drop-in volunteer opportunities. If you need to complete hours for school, we would love to help you achieve this by becoming a regular volunteer!

Please remember, we do require that volunteers are able to commit to 4 hours a month of volunteering for the first 3 months. If this is not something you can commit to, you can check out our opportunities for Group Volunteering! We love hosting High School, and College groups!

Can I Complete Court Ordered Community Service at KCPP?

Kansas City Pet Project is happy to work with members in our community who need to complete Court Ordered Community Service (CS). Our CS workers offer staff support to our Canine Care Team, and assist with sanitation and operational needs.

We only offer Court Ordered Community Service at our Main Shelter location (7077 Elmwood Avenue Kansas City, MO 64132), and all interested individuals need to email the Volunteer Program Manager. Please include what your charge is, how many hours you need to complete, and the date you need to complete your hours by.

**We are not able to accommodate individuals who have a felony charge, or charges related to sexual misconduct, assault, theft, or animal related offenses. We only accept Court Ordered Community Service for individuals 18 years old or older.

I Can’t Give My Time Right Now, Can I Make a Donation?

Yes! Donations to Kansas City Pet Project help save the lives of the over 10,000 homeless animals we care for every year. Donate here

You are also able to mail a donation:

Kansas City Pet Project
7077 Elmwood Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64132

Or stop by one of our 3 Adoption Centers to drop one off. 

If you’d like to donate items we could use at the shelter, you can do so by visiting any of our 3 adoption centers during business hours. Not sure what to donate? You can order items 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! 

You can also make some fun at home projects that can really make a difference for our shelter pets!