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Behavior, Training, and Socialization (BTS)

If volunteers show a commitment to WHS and to volunteering, and if they are interested, they may be invited to join our Behavior Program. Behavior Volunteers learn how to run a Behavior, Training, and Socialization Shift to enrich the lives of all the shelter animals during their stay. The canine behavior team also holds play yard time and one on one training every day for dogs to burn off energy and learn skills to interact with other dogs; the feline BTS team spends time interacting with the cats, improving the social skills of the shy kitties and generally enriching their stay. 

**Please note that at this time WHS is only recruiting for canine BTS volunteers who have week day availability** 

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  • Attend a general volunteer orientation (applicants will be invited to an orientation if their interests and availability meet the current needs of WHS) 
  • Meet the capabilities outlined in the 'Essential Capabilities of Adoption Center Volunteers' document found here
  • Show a level of commitment to WHS and to volunteering (volunteer a minimum of once a week for a period of time)
  • Onsite safe handling training and training on WHS procedure.
  • Schedule behavior shift training with volunteer@washhumane.org.


  • BTS volunteer commit to a weekly shift at the same time each week for a minimum of 6 months
  • Complete Behavior Shift Training Checklist with Mentor Trainer.
  • Must follow behavior shift protocol.


  • Invitation to the online Yahoo discussion group for WHS Behavior Buffs. The discussion group covers behavior, training, and socialization questions, a reader’s book club, announcements for special projects, and training opportunities.
  • Invitation to special training opportunities for behavior volunteers and WHS staff. 

More info on the Volunteer Behavior program contact volunteer@washhumane.org.

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