Ways you can help by volunteering at CHA Animal Shelter…

CHA Animal Shelter is a volunteer, nonprofit animal shelter dedicated to finding homes for homeless cats and dogs. We rely on over 400 volunteers for their talent and the generosity of their time to accomplish this goal.

To get started with volunteering in the shelter, we ask that each potential volunteer attend an orientation and then a follow-up training class before beginning their first shift. 

Examples of volunteer opportunities at CHA Animal Shelter are:

In-shelter work

  • Care for and socialize with the animals

o    Volunteer Job Description – Cat Care Taker

o    Volunteer Job Description – Dog Care Taker

  • Assist with maintenance and upkeep of the shelter
  • Assist potential adopters with meeting the adoptable animals


  • Perform adoption follow-ups
  • Filing and paperwork
  • Data entry for animal records into PetPoint
  • Help with special events at the shelter

To become a CHA volunteer:

  1. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to work in the shelter.
  2. Volunteers between the ages of 14 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also a volunteer.
  3. Persons from 16 to 18 years of age may volunteer independently with the signed consent of a parent or guardian.
  4. Adult volunteers are requested to not bring their young or non-volunteering children with them to the shelter when they are working.
  5. CHA does not honor court-mandated volunteering.

Questions? Email Catherine@chaanimalshelter.org.


  • Plan and participate in fundraising functions
  • Contact businesses for donations of items or services
  • Spread the word to the public about our fundraising events!
  • Click HERE for our fundraising tips and toolkit

CHA Animal Shelter has a foster program that allows our volunteers to house animals with special needs on a temporary basis in their homes. This program allows CHA pets to recover from medical conditions, grow to a healthy and adoptable age, or just get relief from the stress of the shelter in a caring environment. The Foster program is open to all CHA volunteers. If you are unable to volunteer regularly with CHA Animal Shelter but are interested in providing temporary care and shelter to animals in need, you can begin the process to become a foster parent by attending a brief training and orientation. For our foster application, click here! Please email your completed application to Foster@CHAAnimalShelter.org.