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CAP is in need of volunteers who can commit to a regular schedule with a minimum of 1-2 volunteer shifts per month, for at least six months. Shifts can range from 2 hours or more. CAP does not offer short-term volunteer positions. Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with other volunteers and staff, work well independently or as part of a team, and provide their own transportation. (CAP does work with corporate work groups. See below for more information).
Due to the amount of training required to work with shelter animals, it may take several weeks to become an “official” volunteer. Training new volunteers takes significant time and resources, so if you know in advance that you cannot maintain a long-term volunteer commitment please consider making a donation online or giving in other ways.
CAP accepts teens age 14 and up as part of our volunteer corps. Youth age 14-15 must have a parent or legal guardian attend training and volunteer side-by-side with them at all times. When volunteering, one parent may supervise only one child at a time. Youth age 16-18 may volunteer without parental supervision, but a parent or legal guardian must sign a legal release. (Prospective youth volunteers age 16 and up must contact the volunteer coordinator for questions and information; do not contact the volunteer coordinator on behalf of your child if they are age sixteen and up.) Students who wish to earn service hours for school but do not meet the volunteer age requirement or cannot make a long-term commitment can find a list of home-based service projects (link to CAP Projects PDF).
Volunteers are required to have an up to date Tetanus vaccination.
Interested in helping CAP from home or with a group? Download this PDF with ideas for volunteer projects.
Volunteer service hours cannot be used to satisfy court-ordered Community Service. For information on how to complete court-ordered community service at CAP, go to our Community Service page.
Available Volunteer Positions
- Administrative Assistant
- Childrens’ Programs
- Cleaning- cat kennels
- Cleaning- rabbits
- Dog walking
- Dish washing
- Meet and Greet- Cat
- Meet and Greet- Dog
- Pet Supply Store
- Surgery Clinic Assistant
- Vaccination and Wellness Clinic Assistant
- Community Outreach
- Ebay Store
- Feral Cat Assistance Program
- Foster Care
- Humane Education
- Tails on Trails
How to Become a Volunteer
Step One: Volunteer Information Session
This is a two-hour overview of CAP’s services, volunteer opportunities, volunteer expectations, and shelter policies, followed by a thirty minute tour of the shelter. You may register for a Volunteer Information Session by selecting an upcoming session date on the Volunteer Events page and completing a short registration form.
Enrollment is limited for each class.
Seating is limited. Do not bring children or un-enrolled guests.
Youth age 14-15 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian who will be volunteering with them.
Step Two: Mentoring
All incoming shelter volunteers are required to complete a two hour mentor session before handling animals on their own. Incoming volunteers seeking volunteer opportunities that do not involve handling shelter animals (Pet Supply Shop, Community Outreach, FCAP, and Vaccination and Wellness Clinic) will coordinate on-site training with the associated program director.
Each year, many dedicated volunteers donate their time, talents and efforts to help our shelter animals. Their willing hands and caring attitudes can calm anxious dogs and cats when they first arrive at our shelter, guide families as they look for new pets, foster animals needing special care, wait on customers in our Happy Tails Pet Supply Shop or CAP eBay Store, help in the low cost vaccination and wellness clinic, help in our in-house spay/neuter lcinic and help with special events.