Our Volunteer Program is now fully open! Click the "Sign Up Here" button below to apply to volunteer with us.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Kearney Area Animal Shelter!


Volunteering with the Kearney Area Animal Shelter can be a mutually rewarding experience for the pets as well as for you. It is a commitment that will benefit our community, our shelter, and our pets! You play a vital role in keeping our animal shelter up and running and are truly making a difference when you volunteer.


We've found that pets who have been able to spend considerable time with volunteers being socialized and working on obedience skills are more quickly adopted and have a much lower rate of being returned due to issues in their new homes.

We request that all of our volunteers complete a volunteer application to sign up. The Volunteer Coordinator will then reach out to applicants to schedule a time to attend a quick one-hour orientation. In the orientation, you will receive a tour of the shelter and learn about our policies and procedures.


PLEASE NOTE: With the reopening of the volunteer program, there is a large influx of applicants. We are so grateful that so many people want to help our shelter, but there is a wait time of at least 2 weeks before an applicant can start volunteering from the time they put in an application. If you are needing community service hours, you'll need to plan ahead and put in a volunteer application early to give you the best chance of getting your community service hours done in a timely manner. Applicants are contacted in a first come, first served manner. Thank you so much for understanding!

If you have any questions or want more information, please read the FAQ below or contact KAAS at (308) 237-7387.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

A volunteer must be 16 years old to volunteer without a legal guardian. Children between the ages of 10 and 16 may volunteer when accompanied by a parent/guardian who is a registered volunteer. Every volunteer under the age of 19 must have a signed parental consent form, unless the volunteer is enrolled in college and not living at home.

What are some basic requirements to become a volunteer?

  • Complete a volunteer application by clicking here.
  • Attend volunteer orientation which is required of all volunteers. This class is approximately an hour long and scheduled by the Volunteer Coordinator based on their scheudle and the perspective volunteer's schedule. Orientation is designed to give volunteers an overview of what to expect as a volunteer, an overview of the shelter, and our programs, policies, and procedures.

I have a limited schedule, how many hours are required of a volunteer?

That's why volunteer at the shelter is so great - you volunteer based off YOUR schedule! After your orientation, we suggest you volunteer atleast 4 hours per month to get the most out of your volunteer experience. We have no required minimum commitment other than volunteering atleast 1 hour every 6 months.

When are volunteer hours?

Volunteers are needed every day! Our general hours are listed below. During orientation, volunteers will be shown how to schedule themselves via their volunteer profile for available volunteer time slots. Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-Noon, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Can I volunteer for a college project?

Yes! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator so we can work with you to make the most of your project.

Can I volunteer for court ordered community service hours?

We do accept volunteers who have court ordered community service hours. These volunteers do not have any contact with shelter pets and may only perform cleaning tasks. Once hours are fulfilled for your offense, volunteers are welcome to go through cat and dog classes to become hands-on with the shelter animals as a volunteer.

  • Your offense must not involve a violent crime, theft, drugs, or assault.
  • You must not have a law enforcement history regarding the Kearney Area Animal Shelter.
  • You must be provide all information regarding the court order and/or probation/diversion officer information for follow up by our organization.