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 Westport Adoption Center
Updated 11/7/2019

Dog Walkers

Open Shifts:
Sundays 12PM-2PM
Sundays 3:30PM-5:30PM

Love dogs? The Westport 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

Front Desk Assistants

Open Shifts:
Mondays 12PM-2:30PM, 2:30PM-5:30PM
Tuesdays 12PM-2:30PM, 2:30PM-5:30PM
Wednesdays 12PM-2:30PM, 2:30PM-5:30PM
Thursdays 12PM-2:30PM, 2:30PM-5:30PM
Fridays 12PM-2:30PM, 2:30PM-5:30PM
Saturdays 9:30AM-1:30PM, 1:30PM-5:30PM
Sundays 9:30AM-1:30PM, 1:30PM-5:30PM

The Westport 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 hours per week on a set-schedule for a least 6 months.

Cat Cuddlers

Open Shifts:
Mondays 3:30PM-5:30PM
Tuesdays 3:30PM-5:30PM
Wednesdays 3:30PM-5:30PM
Thursdays 3:30PM-5:30PM
Fridays 3:30PM-5:30PM
Saturdays 3:30PM-5:30PM
Sundays 3:30PM-5:30PM

Experienced cat enthusiasts are needed to join the volunteer team at the Westport 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, 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