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 assist 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.
Becoming a Volunteer
All volunteers must pre-register and attend an orientation. The orientation will provide you with background information about the mission, programs, and services of the shelter. Volunteers are required to pay a program fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children to help offset the costs of your volunteer t-shirt, materials, and administrative costs of running the volunteer program. This fee helps to ensure that the vast majority of our funding is spent directly on animal welfare.
The program fee is required prior to scheduling anyone for an orientation.
2014 Volunteer Orientation Dates:
Wednesday, March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. (Adult and Family) - FULL
Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adult-16+) and 1:30-3 p.m. (Family) - FULL
Wednesday, April 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. (Adult and Family)
Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adult-16+) and 1:30-3 p.m. (Family)
To register, please call (517) 626-6060.
Monday-Friday 12-7 p.m.
Saturday 12-5 p.m.
*Volunteers may come to the shelter any time during our normal business hours. There is no required time commitment. Volunteers are not allowed in the building on Sundays or any day the shelter is closed.
Family Volunteer Program
The Family Program is for families with children between the ages of 8-15 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 Program (CSP)
CAHS offers volunteer opportunities for community service volunteers such as National Honors Society, elementary, middle, and high school service hours as well as college service programs. All Community Service Volunteers are required to register and attend a volunteer orientation.
Court Ordered Community Service Program (COCSP) - THIS PROGRAM IS FULL
Individuals who want to volunteer at CAHS in order to complete court-ordered community service requirements are invited to apply for the CAHS Court Ordered Community Service Program (COCSP). COCSP is a scheduled and supervised volunteer experience where individuals will assist staff and other volunteers with work around the shelter such as cleaning, kennel enrichment, and any additional duties deemed fit. A limited number of positions are available and depending on offense, will be accepted at the sole discretion of the Community Relations Manager. To apply, please contact Penny Pearsall at
or call (517) 626-6821 ext. 111.
Jr. Volunteer League (JVL)
JVL provides local students, ages 8-17, an opportunity to volunteer with shelter pets in a safe, supervised environment. 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
or (517) 626-6821 ext. 130.