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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.

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Newington Adoption Center
Updated 9/29/22

Doggy Field Trips & Sleepovers

The Newington adoption center is looking for dog lovers to give the shelter dogs a break from the kennel. Volunteers will take dogs on short outings (4-6 hours) or sleepovers for a night or two.


Requirements:
18+, have active health insurance, experience with dog handling, 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: Once or twice a month for a minimum of six months

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Germ Busters

The Newington adoption center needs volunteers to join the Germ Busters team. Volunteers help control the spread of harmful diseases by working to keep the building clean and disinfected. Duties include cleaning dog kennels, sweeping, washing floors, 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, 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 8AM-10AM
Wednesdays 8AM-10AM
Thursdays 8AM-10AM
Fridays 8AM-10AM
Saturdays 8AM-10AM

Substitute Dog Walkers

Love dogs? The Newington adoption center needs experienced dog owners with flexible schedules and weekday availability who can fill in when regularly scheduled volunteers are out. Once trained, substitute walkers will be added to the contact list and notified when help is needed. Volunteers who apply for this position must be available for three to four 2-hour walking shifts per month. 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 shift, at least 3-4 times per month

Transport Drivers

The Newington  adoption center needs reliable volunteers who can transport pets in their own vehicles on behalf of CHS. We especially need drivers with flexible schedules, weekday availability and the ability to help on short notice. Pets may need to be driven to an off-site veterinary hospital for an appointment or surgery or may need to be driven between two of our adoption centers in CT. Some rides will be one-way drop-offs and others will require the volunteer to remain with the pet during their exam and then return them to CHS. Drivers may also be needed to pick up donations on behalf of CHS.

Requirements: 18 +, have active health insurance, have their own vehicle and auto insurance, must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and communicate effectively with staff, other volunteers and the public.

Commitment: As needed. May be needed to drive as often as 1 to 2 times per month.

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