For students looking for a way to give back to our local community and spend more time with animals, the Blue Mountain Humane Society at 7 E. George Street in Walla Walla is a great place to start.
Founded in 1967, The Blue Mountain Humane Society is an animal support center and shelter located just ten minutes from our campus. Their mission is to “prevent cruelty, promote kindness and to foster the human-animal bond.” 
According to the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies: “In addition to sheltering pets, [they] provide subsidized spay, neuter, and vaccine services for pets belonging to income-qualified families.” 
The Blue Mountain Society is always looking for volunteers of “all ages.” Their application process takes about 15 minutes and only requires volunteers to commit 1 hour per month for three months. 
Those interested in volunteering at the Blue Mountain Humane Society have many options available to them. For those who just want to spend time with animals, there are volunteer dog walking and animal care positions available. For others wanting an active role in their community there are shelter-hosted neighborhood pet events. Even those interested in the medical or veterinary fields have options, as there are volunteer positions available in the surgery clinic. 
The Blue Mountain Humane Society is a non-profit organization, so even if there is not time to volunteer, donations are always welcome. There are several different ways to give on their website, from a one-time gift to buying or donating something to their wish list. You can also drop donations off in person, either in their donation box located outside of their gate or in the front office where you can get a donation receipt for tax deductions. 
For anyone looking for more information, go to bluemountainhumane.org or call (509) 525-2452. Their business hours are weekdays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.