Volunteers keep tails wagging 365 days a year. If you’re ready to make pets smile, follow the steps below.

1. Check out the current volunteer needs below. If you don’t see a position that’s a good match today, check back at a later date. CHS does not keep a waiting list.

2. See a position that interests you? Watch the Virtual Open House video to learn more about becoming a CHS volunteer. This is a requirement before you apply.

3. Watched the video? Liked what you saw? Now it’s time to Apply to Volunteer. Make sure to specify the role and shift that interest you. Selected applicants will be invited in for an interview. CHS is not able to process applications that do not meet the basic requirements.

You need to be 18 or older to volunteer. Under 18? Don’t worry! You can still get involved.

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Newington Adoption Center
Updated 1/17/20

Germ Busters

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Open Shifts:
Wednesdays 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursdays 8:00AM-10:00AM
Fridays 8:00AM-10:00AM

The Newington adoption center needs volunteers to join the Germ Busters team. Germ Busters help control the spread of harmful disease by working to keep the building clean and disinfected. Duties may include cleaning cat cages or dog kennels, sweeping, disinfecting floors and walls, etc.

Requirements: 18+, have active health insurance, comfortable working around all types of animals, be in good physical condition, able to work independently with limited supervision, must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and communicate effectively with staff, other volunteers and the public.

Commitment: 2 hours per week on a set-schedule for at least 6 months

Transportation Drivers

Open Shifts:
Volunteers with weekday availability needed.
Volunteers will be contacted as transport needs arise.

Our Newington adoption center needs volunteers to transport animals to medical and grooming appointments.  Volunteers will use their own vehicle to take animals in crates to appointments with specialty veterinarians or groomers. Some appointments are drop-offs and others require the volunteer to wait with the pet and return them to the Newington adoption center following the appointment. We especially need volunteers with large vehicles and the ability to transport large, crated dogs. Most appointments occur during the week and are within a one-hour radius of our Newington adoption center.

Requirements: 18+, have active health insurance, be in good physical condition, able to work independently, general animal handling experience.  Must have own vehicle, valid driver’s license and at least $100,000 in auto liability insurance coverage per incident.

Commitment: 1-2 assignments per month, as needed.  Must be willing to participate in the program for a minimum of 6 months.

Call Center Assistants

Open Shifts:
Thursdays 9:30AM-1:30PM
Thursdays 1:30PM-5:30PM

Friendly and compassionate volunteers with exceptional customer service skills are needed to assist the staff in our Newington call center. Volunteers will take calls and answer questions about CHS’ programs and services, check voicemail messages and return calls and will make adopter follow-up calls to check in on pets who have recently been adopted. Training will be provided.

Requirements: 18+, have active health insurance, able to work independently with limited supervision, general animal knowledge.  Must be friendly, compassionate and comfortable speaking to all types of people. Must have excellent phone and computer skills and the ability to type quickly and accurately. Must be a quick learner and able to recall details of CHS services. Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions effectively and communicate with staff, other volunteers and the public.

Commitment: 4 hours per week on a set schedule for a minimum of 6 months.