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Dear Valued Community Members,

The Community Engagement Department of Capital Humane Society is thrilled to announce an exciting development in the year 2024. We are expanding our team to include additional staff members, a move that promises to significantly enhance the development and growth of our volunteer and humane education programs.

The influx of new staff support will allow Capital Humane Society to introduce a variety of fresh and exciting volunteer roles and opportunities to the public. Our commitment to community engagement remains steadfast, and we are eager to provide a more enriching experience for our volunteers.

As part of this expansion, we recognize the importance of streamlining processes to improve onboarding and overall volunteer satisfaction. Our aim is to create a seamless and enjoyable experience for all individuals involved in supporting our mission.

During this period of growth, as we onboard and train our new staff and implement exciting improvements, we will temporarily be accepting applications exclusively for our required community service volunteer program. This focused approach will enable us to ensure the smooth integration of new team members and enhance the overall volunteer experience.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our generous community, whose passion for supporting our mission through volunteering has been a constant source of inspiration. Your patience and understanding during this time of development and growth are greatly appreciated.

Together, with your unwavering support, we look forward to strengthening our capacity to make a positive impact on the lives of animals in need. Thank you for being an integral part of the Capital Humane Society family! If you would like to be notified about the reopening of the volunteer application please click the following link to submit your contact information: Notify me please!




  • All on-site volunteers must be at least 13 years old.
  • On-site volunteers between 13 & 15 years old must have a parent or guardian present at all times.
  • Most on-site volunteer roles require a minimum commitment of 4 service hours per month, some require more.
  • All on-site volunteers agree to assist with general cleaning duties as needed.
  • Volunteers cannot have a documented history of neglect or abuse towards animals.
  • Volunteers must demonstrate behavior that aligns with CHS's Workplace Culture Agreement.
  • Pay a one time $10 volunteer fee to cover the cost of volunteer t-shirt.



I have required community service hours, am I able to complete them at CHS?

Our community service volunteer program is separate from our general volunteer program.  To learn more and submit an application click here.

I want to volunteer but I’m under 13 years old, how can I help?

Although the nature of our on-site volunteer work does not currently allow for those under 13 to volunteer, we are working on developing programs that would provide volunteer opportunities to the younger kiddos!  At this time we do not have an estimated roll out date for these programs, stay tuned for more information!  In the meantime, we always encourage interested individuals to consider hosting fundraisers and donation drives outside of the shelter environment as a great way to support our shelter and our animals!

What are the on-site volunteer hours?

Volunteers at our adoption center are typically at the shelter between the hours of 8AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-5PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteers at our intake center are typically at the shelter between the hours of 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-4PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Do I have to commit to a certain number of shifts per month in order to volunteer?  What if my schedule changes frequently?

Certain on-site volunteer roles, especially those that involve direct handling of the animals, require a significant amount of training and therefore to be considered for these roles we ask for a commitment of at least 6 months of volunteer work with a dedicated weekly shift. Many of the other available on-site volunteer roles are more flexible.  Please read each volunteer job description closely before applying to ensure you are aware of all qualifications and time requirements.  We understand of course that life can be unpredictable and that our volunteers balance many other responsibilities outside of their duties here, therefore we do our best to be accommodating with scheduling.