Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society. Volunteers contribute to the success of everything we do and our animals benefit tremendously from the time and compassion they give.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dog Socialization
  • Cat Socialization
  • Housekeeping
  • Administrative/Office
  • Foster Care
  • Education Counselor
  • Greeter
  • 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 short-term volunteer service, court-ordered community service, or restitution.
**Please note that all volunteers 18 years and older are required to submit to a background check through ICHAT. This is for the safety of our pets, children, volunteers, and staff.

Family Volunteer Requirements

  • Children between the ages of 8-15 must have a parent/guardian (21+) physically with them at ALL times. For safety reasons, one adult (21+) may only volunteer with 2 children (8-15) at a time.
  • Must attend an orientation (ALL members of the family)

Important Notes

Current Volunteers: If you are a CAHS volunteer and have not volunteered at the shelter in over one year, or you volunteered less than 10 hours in the past 12 months, you MUST attend a refresher orientation, at no charge, prior to coming back to the shelter. To schedule a refresher orientation, please email Lexy at Thank you. 

Students: We cannot accommodate students who are required to fulfill short-term community service hours. CAHS will not grant community service hours to any volunteer, unless they can make the required time commitment. Once a student has been a volunteer for at least 3 months, we are happy to verify hours for school/college.

Cost: $25 per adult (16+) and $10 per child (8-15)

How to Volunteer

To become a volunteer, you must pre-register and attend an orientation. A program fee of $25 for adults (16+) and $10 for children (8-15) 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. Program fees are non-refundable. For questions regarding volunteering, please contact our Programs Manager, Lexy Ritenburgh at

Adult Volunteer Program – Adults must be at least 16-years-old and attend a volunteer orientation.
Family Volunteer ProgramThis is for children ages 8-15 years who are physically accompanied by a parent or guardian, who is at least 21-years-old, at ALL times. All family members who will be volunteering MUST attend an orientation. When registering for the family orientation, all members of the family who are 16+ should pay the $25 fee.

2020 Volunteer Orientation Dates
-Wednesday, March 4 – Adult (16+) and Family from 5:30-7:30 p.m. – ORIENTATION IS FULL!
-Saturday, March 21 – Adult (16+) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Family from 1-3 p.m.
-Wednesday, April 1 – Adult (16+) and Family from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
-Saturday, April 25 – Adult (16+) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Family from 1-3 p.m.

To register for an upcoming orientation, please click on the button below:

Volunteer Hours: 12-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

*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.