Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization and our most important asset. As a private, non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the assistance of our caring, dedicated, and hard-working volunteers. Each and every day, our volunteers help to improve the lives of the homeless animals here at CAHS.
There are numerous ways to aid at our shelter. Volunteers help with animal care through assisting with kennel maintenance, exercise, training, socialization, and mental stimulation. They help find good homes, foster pets that need extra time or help, as well as educating both children and adults about responsible pet ownership and kindness to animals. Volunteers also assist at many special CAHS community and fund-raising events, such as the Fur Ball and Walk for the Animals.
In an average year, our volunteers contribute more than 16,000 hours in support of the approximate 10,000 animals we serve. Volunteers work side-by-side with shelter staff, and provide the needed manpower for those programs that improve the quality of life for shelter animals. They allow us to achieve excellence in all that we do for the animals, making the community a better place for both people and pets.
Please join us in our commitment to finding forever homes for the animals in our care.
Is our program for you? We hope so! Are you interested in working with some of our cuddly friends while they are waiting for their forever homes, or helping the Capital Area Humane Society with shelter cleaning, administrative support, foster care, dog walking, or cat comforting?
Becoming a Volunteer If any of our volunteer positions look interesting to you, taking the next step to become a CAHS volunteer is easy. The orientation will provide you with background information about the mission, programs, and services of the shelter. Depending on the position you select, additional training(s) may be needed.
A $10 non-refundable, pre-registration fee is required prior to scheduling anyone for an orientation. The fee does cover the cost of the volunteer t-shirt everyone is required to wear.
Volunteer Orientation Dates: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adult-16+) and 1:30-3 p.m. (Family)
Volunteers may come to the shelter any time during our normal business hours. There is no required time commitment. Family Volunteer Program The Family Program is for families with children between the ages of 8 and 15 who want to enjoy the experience of volunteering together at the shelter as a family unit. In the family program, a parent or guardian must volunteer with the children and provide constant close supervision of the children while volunteering. All members of the family who intend to volunteer must attend the orientation and TLC training.
Adult Volunteer Program You can join the Adult Program if you are 16 years or older on the day you attend orientation and you do NOT intend to bring children with you to volunteer.
Community Service Volunteers CAHS offers volunteer hours for Community Service patrons such as National Honors Society, elementary, middle,high school and college service hours, or Court-ordered Community Service. All Community Service Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation.