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Volunteers are not paid ~
not because they are worthless,
but because they are priceless"
~Unknown~


Volunteer

ABOUT THE FOSTER PROGRAM

Our foster network is a vital part of our ability to help more animals. You can make a difference for these animals by taking them into your home and helping prepare them for adoption. To learn more about the foster program, click here.

GENERAL VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering for Capital Humane Society. As a volunteer, you are part of a compassionate, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of companion animals. Opportunities to help include assisting with cleaning, grounds work, animal enrichment activities, special events, humane education and more. We are very fortunate to have many people who wish to volunteer to work with the animals. Generally those who start by helping us with cleaning type tasks go on to fill the open positions working with the animals. 

REQUIREMENTS

Individuals who are interested in volunteering need to first attend a general information session. Additional training is then required depending on your area of interest and is scheduled after the orientation.

Giving the animals in adoption a good quality of life is a priority for us and we depend on our volunteers to provide exercise and attention on a regular basis. For this reason, we ask for a once a week commitment for 6 months for positions working with the animals.

The minimum age to volunteer on your own is 16. Youth 13-15 years of age may volunteer if accompanied at all times by an adult guardian that also attends all volunteer training.

Younger people often choose to help homeless pets at the shelter by having pet supplies from our wish list donated to the shelter in honor of their birthday or a special occasion. This creative and kind act is a wonderful way to give of your time and show support to the humane society. For a complete wish list, click here.

Children can also make enrichment toys for the pets in the adoption program. Click on the information at the bottom of this page for instructions.

REQUIRED HOURS FOR SCHOOL, COURT, ETC.

Individuals who need to complete required community service hours for civic organizations, schools and court-appointed assignments are needed to assist with cleaning and organizing tasks. Some restrictions apply.

GETTING STARTED

The first step to getting started in the volunteer program is to attend a general information session. At the orientation you will learn more about our program, current volunteer opportunities and training requirements. Applications will be reviewed and we try to match your area of interest and availability with our current needs.

UPCOMING SESSION

Saturday, October 28 at 11:30am - This session is now full.

Saturday, November 18 at 11:30am - This session is reserved for individuals who are willing to start by helping us with cleaning tasks such as washing dishes.

Space is limited and sessions fill up quickly. Please email edvol@capitalhumanesociety.org with your name and the session date you wish to attend. An online application will be emailed to you.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

-Please consider providing foster care to help special animals in need. Click foster care for more information and an online application.

-Volunteer your time to make enrichment items for the pets at Capital Humane Society. The items can be dropped off at either of our locations. Find the instructions below.