Ways to Help

There are many ways you can help make a difference in the lives of our area’s homeless animals.


Your monetary donations help to support our operations as we rescue and care for the abused and abandoned animals in our area.  Those donations are used for things such as medical tests and treatments, and vaccinations.  Your gifts also allow us to employ the only Humane Agent in our area.

For over 50 years, Fort Defiance Humane Society has worked tirelessly to put an end to animal abuse and neglect. Your tax-deductible donation will help fight cruelty and make a life-changing difference for animals in our area. Donate in one of these ways:

  • Monthly Donation
  • One-Time Donation
  • Memorial and Honor Gifts

Planned Giving Program

There are various forms of planned giving options that can be planned in advance by naming FDHS as the beneficiary:

  • Insurance Plans
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Real Estate
  • Stocks/Bonds
  • Personal Property

Contact us today to hear more about our program.

Volunteer Your Time

We have volunteer opportunities available for willing volunteers of all abilities and interests. Whether your heart lies in direct care of our residents or helping to raise the necessary funds at an event, there are many ways you can help!

  • Dog Walking
  • Feline Enrichment
  • Cleaning
  • Grounds Keeping/Maintenance

If you are interested in volunteering at FDHS, please download and review the Volunteer Manual, Volunteer Manual Acknowledgment Form, and the Volunteer Waiver of Liability. Our Volunteer Coordinator conducts orientation training on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Please bring your signed Volunteer Waiver and Volunteer Manual Acknowledgement Statement to your orientation training. Once your training is complete, you can begin volunteering!

Foster Care

Loving homes are needed for foster care year-round! Foster care is needed for pregnant, bottle-fed, medical/behavior case animals, and those long-term residents that could use a break from shelter life. To foster an animal, you must be over 18 years of age, submit a completed Adoption Application, and sign the Foster Care waiver form. Fostering helps prepare animals for their forever home and allows more space at the shelter to care for new animals. Please visit the shelter to discuss whether fostering is right for you and your family.

FDHS Sponsorship Program

We have several sponsorship options available.

  • Cat/Kitten Room sponsor
  • Big Dog Kennel sponsor
  • Adoption sponsor for featured animal of the month

Note:  Any of the above can be in memory or honor of a person or a pet too.


  • $50 – name displayed on sponsor board at the shelter
  • $100 – name displayed on sponsor board at the shelter and a FaceBook post
  • $150 – name displayed on sponsor board at the shelter and a post on our FaceBook page and website
  • $165 – sponsor a dog ($80 to sponsor a cat) of the month, name displayed on sponsor board at the shelter and a post on our FaceBook site
  • $200 – name displayed on sponsor board at the shelter and a post on our FaceBook page and website, plus a picture of a pet
  • $500 – annual sponsor, name displayed on sponsor board at the shelter and a post on our FaceBook page and website, plus a picture of a pet (listed all year), plus a sponsor decal with “I am a proud supporter of Fort Defiance Humane Society” or an Emergency Pet Sticker for home.

If you wish to begin sponsorship of the Fort Defiance Humane Society, please complete this form.

Shelter Wish List

FDHS uses a lot of supplies on a daily basis caring for our guests!  The most used supplies on our wish list are:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Bleach Wipes
  • Dry Dog and Puppy Food (grain free)
  • Dry Cat and Kitten Food
  • Wet Cat and Kitten Food
  • Cat Litter
  • Collars/Leashes
  • Garbage Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Copier Paper
  • Bottled Water (gallons and individual bottles)
  • New or gently used towels and blankets

Amazon Smile

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Amazon.com has more than 300 million users, but many do not realize that their everyday purchases can benefit their favorite cause or charity – at absolutely no additional cost!

Shop at smile.amazon.com for the same low prices and huge selection, plus the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization –

Fort Defiance Humane Society!

1) Using the link above sign into your Amazon account

2) Click on “supporting” and select Defiance County Humane Society

3) Shop like normal!

Kroger Community Rewards

1) Go to www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow

2) Create or sign in to your account

3) Scroll down to the “Kroger Community Rewards” section of your account page

4) Select “Enroll Now” or “Edit”

5) Enter Fort Defiance Humane Society or our code 10516

6) Select us from the list and click save!

Help Organize a Fundraising Event

Animal shelters often partner with local bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues to put on fundraising events. If you know of a local establishment that would be perfect for a fundraising event, take the initiative to approach them and help coordinate the details on behalf of our shelter! You can also use Facebook Fundraising or GoFundMe to create an online fundraiser benefit for our shelter.

Also consider organizing a fundraiser within your own company to benefit our shelter.  Some companies will also do matching donations.  Check out what might be available right in your own backyard!

Finally, consider being a sponsor for one of the FDHS planned fundraiser events. It’s a great way to participate in a fundraiser that is already organized, it benefits the shelter, and it can be a great marketing tool for your company.  Check out our Events Page to see what is already on the calendar!