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, one is 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 extremely fortunate in receiving an abundance of volunteer requests to work directly with the animals. Though this need persists indefinitely, Capital Humane Society is an organization with many important volunteer roles. Generally individuals are allowed greater opportunity for learning and growth in working up from cleaning-related tasks to ultimately fill open positions working with the animals.
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.
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.
The February session is now full. Please check back later this month to learn the date of the March session.
In the meantime, please consider volunteering for our foster program. Click here to learn more and find an online application.
Another way to help is by making and donating enrichment items for the pets at Capital Humane Society to enhance their quality of life while they are in the animal shelter. The items can be dropped off at either of our locations. Click on the image below for instructions. Thank you for caring!