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 11/15/2019

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:
Tuesdays 2:00PM-5:0PM
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

Animal Enrichment Volunteers

Open Shifts:
Saturdays 10:00AM-12:00PM

Want to cheer up the animals during their stay? The Newington adoption center needs volunteers to join the Animal Enrichment team. Enrichment volunteers provide mental stimulation for the animals to keep their minds busy while they await adoption. Duties include filing kong toys and distributing them to the dogs and cats, handing out puzzle toys, performing training drills, utilizing laser pointers, scented sprays and more.

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:
Saturdays 1:30PM-5:30PM
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, 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. Excellent customer service, computer and phone skills.

Commitment: 2 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 and assist with keeping the cages clean and tidy. 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, 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