Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. Volunteers contribute to the success of everything we do and our animals benefit tremendously from the time and compassion they give.
- Dog Socialization
- Cat Socialization
- Foster Care
- Education Counselor
- Special Events
- Offsite Adoption Events
Adult Volunteer Requirements
- Must be at least 16-years-old
- Must attend an orientation
*We apologize, but CAHS does not provide court-ordered community service or restitution.
Family Volunteer Requirements
- Children between the ages of 8-15 must have a parent/guardian (21+) physically with them at ALL times.
- Must attend an orientation (ALL members of the family)
Students: Once a student has been a volunteer for at least 3 months, we are happy to verify community service hours for school/college. Students 8-17 may register for JVL (see below).
Cost: $20 per adult (16+) and $10 per child (8-15)
How to Volunteer
To become a volunteer, you must pre-register and attend an orientation. The program fee is due at the time of registration and allows us to provide your volunteer t-shirt, name badge, and general printed material without taking money away from the support of the animals in our care. To pay the program fee and register, please call (517) 626-6060.
2015 Volunteer Orientation Dates:
-Wednesday, September 2 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family)
-Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adult-16+) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Family)
-Wednesday, October 14 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family)
-Wednesday, November 4 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family)
-Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adult-16+) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Family)
-Wednesday, December 9 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family) - NO ORIENTATION ON DECEMBER 19
Monday-Saturday 12-7 p.m.
Sunday - CLOSED
*Volunteers may come to the shelter during our normal business hours only. Volunteers are not allowed in the building on Sundays or any day or time the shelter is closed.
Jr. Volunteer League (JVL)
JVL provides local students, ages 8-17, an opportunity to volunteer with shelter pets in a safe, supervised environment during the school-year (September-May). JVL members will play, groom, and socialize animals to improve their lives until they find a forever home. No training or parents required. This club is perfect for students completing school-requested community service or for those who would just like to spend more time with our shelter pets. The fee is $5 per day or $25 for six visits. For more information or to register, please contact our Humane Educator, Lindsay Sandusky, at
Other Volunteer Opportunities
If you know in advance that it will be difficult to find time to volunteer, please consider helping in other ways, such as donating to our wish list, becoming a foster parent, performing a one-time service project, or volunteering at a special event. For more information regarding any of our volunteer opportunities, please contact the Community Relations Manager, Penny Pearsall, at