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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 Westport Adoption Center
Updated 4/21/22

Critter Cuddlers

Volunteers with small animal experience are needed to provide socialization and enrichment for the small animals at the Westport adoption center.  Volunteers will work with the rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and rodents. Volunteers may also assist with cleaning the small animal enclosures.


Requirements:
 18 or older, have active health insurance, be in good physical condition, able to work independently with limited supervision, able to follow verbal and written instructions and effectively communicate with staff and other volunteers. Must have experience owning and handling small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets or rodents.

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

Open Shifts:
Sundays 2:30PM-4:30PM
Mondays 9AM-11AM
Mondays 2:30PM-4:30PM
Tuesdays 2:30PM-4:30PM
Thursdays 9AM-11AM

Laundry Room Assistants

The Westport 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. Volunteers play a vital role in cutting down on the spread of illness by making sure all items are clean and sanitary.


Requirements:
18 or older, have active health insurance, be in good physical condition, able to work independently with limited supervision or with the assistance of a job coach, able to follow verbal and written instructions and effectively communicate with staff and other volunteers.

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

Open Shifts:
Sundays 9AM-11AM
Mondays 9AM-11AM or 2:30PM-4:30PM
Fridays 9AM-11AM or 2:30PM-4:30PM
Saturdays 9AM-11AM or 2:30PM-4:30PM

Animal Enrichment Volunteers

Want to cheer up the animals during their stay? Volunteers are needed to provide mental stimulation for the pets at the Westport adoption center. You’ll get to hand out lots of fun, tasty treats and perform activities such as spraying essential oil sprays and turning on the sound machines.


Requirements:
18 or older, have active health insurance, be in good physical condition, able to work independently with limited supervision, able to follow verbal and written instructions and effectively communicate with staff and other volunteers.

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

Open Shifts:
Sundays 9AM-11AM
Mondays 2:30PM-4:30PM
Tuesdays 9AM-11AM or 2:30PM-4:30PM
Wednesdays 2:30PM-4:30PM
Fridays 11:30AM-1:30PM or 2:30PM-4:30PM

Cat Cuddlers

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 or older, 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.

Open Shifts:
Saturdays 2:30PM-4:30PM

Front Desk Assistants

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 or older, 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 at least 6 months.

Open Shifts:
Sundays 2PM-4PM
Mondays 2PM-4PM
Tuesdays 12PM-2PM
Wednesdays 12PM-2PM
Thursdays 12PM-2PM and 2PM-4PM
Fridays 12PM-2PM
Saturdays 12PM-2PM and 2PM-4PM

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