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.
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.
Pre-registration is required. The program fee must be paid prior to scheduling anyone for an orientation.
2015 Volunteer Orientation Dates:
Wednesday, March 4 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family) - FULL
Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adult-16+) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Family)
Wednesday, April 1 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family)
Saturday, April 18 - ORIENTATION CANCELED DUE TO CAHS EVENT
Wednesday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family)
Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Adult-16+) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Family)
Wednesday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. (Adult and Family)
To register, please call (517) 626-6060.
Monday-Saturday 12-7 p.m.
Sunday - CLOSED
*Volunteers may come to the shelter during our normal business hours only. There is no required time commitment. Volunteers are not allowed in the building on Sundays or any day or time 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 no longer available.
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.