Volunteers keep tails wagging 365 days a year. If you’re ready to make pets smile, check out the current volunteer opportunities below.

See a position that interests you? Read about the Essential Volunteer Capabilities then complete the volunteer application. Specify the role and shift that interest you. Selected applicants will be invited in for an interview.

Volunteer opportunities change often. 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.

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 9/20/2019

Germ Busters

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Open Shifts:
Tuesdays 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursdays 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

Laundry Room Assistants

Open Shifts:
Wednesdays 2:00PM-5:00PM
Saturdays 2:00PM-5:00PM

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

Adoption Desk Assistants

Open Shifts:
Wednesdays 12:00PM-2:30PM
Sundays 9:30AM-1:30PM
Sundays 1:30PM-5:30PM

The Newington adoption center is looking for friendly volunteers with excellent customer service skills to assist at the front desk. Desk volunteers greet customers, answer basic questions about the adoption process and utilize the animal database to look up and record information.

Requirements: 18+, have active health insurance, comfortable working around all types of animals, able to work independently with limited supervision, able to follow verbal and written instructions and effectively communicate with staff, other volunteers and the public. Excellent customer service, computer, and phone skills.

Commitment: 2-4 hours per week on a set-schedule for at least 6 months

Cat Cuddlers

Open Shifts:
Fridays 3:30PM-5:30PM
Sundays 3:30PM-5:30PM

Experienced cat enthusiasts are needed to join the volunteer team at the Newington adoption center. Volunteers provide socialization and exercise for the cats during their stay. Safety training is provided.

Requirements: 18+, have active health insurance, comfortable working around all types of cats, 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

Medical Assistants

Open Shifts:
Mondays 8:00AM-11:00AM

Animal lovers are needed to assist the veterinary staff at our Newington adoption center. Volunteers assist with cleaning kennels and cages, walking dogs undergoing medical care, restocking supplies and acting as assistants to the staff. This is a great opportunity for students who are pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Safety training is provided.

Requirements: 18+, have active health insurance, comfortable working around all types of cats, dogs and 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. Experience working in a veterinary or human medical environment preferred.

Commitment: 3 hours per week on a set-schedule for at least 6 months