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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.

Complete mandatory service hours for court. 

Volunteer Opportunities at the Newington Adoption Center
Updated  2/1/23

Laundry Room Assistant

The Newington adoption center is looking for reliable volunteers to assist in our busy laundry room. Volunteers wash and fold pet bedding and clean and disinfect dishes, toys and other pet items utilizing a commercial dishwasher. Volunteers play a vital role in cutting down on the spread of illness by making sure all items are clean and sanitary.

Requirements: 18+, have active health insurance, be in good physical condition, able to work independently or with the assistance of a job coach.

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

Open Shifts:
Fridays 2PM-4PM

Dog Walkers

Love dogs? The Newington adoption center needs experienced dog owners to join the volunteer team. Volunteers walk and socialize the dogs during their stay. Volunteers must be able to manage dogs up to 120 lbs. and must be willing to work with dogs with minor behavioral issues such as pulling on the leash, jumping, and dogs who become overly excited or are reactive towards other dogs. Safety training is provided.

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

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

Open Shifts:
Mondays 3PM-5PM

Critter Cuddlers

Looking for some critter love in your life? The Newington adoption center is looking for experienced critter owners to spend time socializing and playing with the small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice, rats, etc.) Some cleaning may be involved. Safety training is provided.

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

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

Open Shifts:
Mondays 11AM-1PM

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