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“Because They Matter”

At C.A.R.A., our Volunteers are like family!

Our volunteers dedicate their time, experience and love to the animals under our care.  Shelter animals typically come from an abusive or neglectful situation and require extra care and love during their journey to a new home.   Our volunteers are a vital part in all areas of their care and the smooth function of our shelter.  There are a ton of different ways you can contribute even if it is just for moment before your life pulls you back into the fold of your everyday routine. 

Volunteer opportunities at the shelter

Volunteers at the shelter must be at least 18 years old (Student Volunteer Program for ages 13 and older).  The following roles require a commitment of the same day of the week every week (or every/other week) for at least 3 months.  For example, every Tuesday afternoon or every/other Tuesday afternoon.


Dog Walker – Dog walkers are scheduled in the afternoons between 12pm-5pm, and shifts last at least 2 hours.  Because we are a smaller shelter, dog walkers need to be physically comfortable handling most breeds and sizes of dogs.  Volunteers need to commit to a weekly or every/other week shift on the same day.


Cat Care – Cat care volunteers are scheduled in the mornings from 9am-1pm. Volunteers help staff clean the cat condos, provide fresh food/water/litter, and get the cat rooms ready for when the shelter opens at 1pm.  Volunteers need to commit to a weekly or every/other week shift on the same day.


Shelter Assistant – Volunteers come to the shelter weekly or every/other week between 12pm-5pm for at least 2 hours to assist with various tasks around the shelter.  This may involve doing laundry, greeting visitors, washing dishes, cleaning, making adoption packets, or whatever else the staff needs help with.


Cat Biography Writer – spend time with the new cats at the shelter and write biographies for use on our pet adoption page.


Handy-Person – Volunteer a few hours a week to help with various repairs and maintenance projects around the shelter.  Hours are very flexible, but a commitment of a few hours each week is needed.




Volunteer Opportunities Away from the Shelter

The majority of our volunteers work outside of the shelter, helping with special events, working on committees, attending off-site adoption events, serving on the board of directors, and many more crucial tasks.  Some of the opportunities include:


  • >Special events volunteer – Check our events page for upcoming dates.
  • > Offsite adoptions – help with monthly adoption days at Pet Supply Plus in Danville.
  • > Fundraising – work with our development manager on special fundraising projects
  • > Marketing – be part of our marketing team; help with grant writing, outreach events, photography, graphic design, and more.
  • > Special projects – join our list of volunteers who come to help on random special projects as needed.  Everything from painting to landscaping, to heavy lifting.  We’ll contact you when we have a need, you let us know if you’re available.




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Volunteer FAQ

What is the process to become a Volunteer?

>>   Your first step is to complete the volunteer enrollment form either online or at the shelter.


>>   Next you will be contacted by one of our staff for any follow up questions we may have or any question you may have.


>>   Once your application has been approved, we will contact you to set up a time for your orientation and animal handling class before you start volunteering.


>>   After attending orientation and completing the required classes, we will discuss with you your skill set and how best you can contribute your time to the animals.  You will then fill out the final paperwork and start scheduling times for you to shadow volunteers until you are ready to run solo.


*We do realize that becoming a volunteer is a lengthy process, but we ask for your patience.  We like all our new staff to be properly trained for their safety and wellbeing of the animals and the volunteers.

What will a Volunteer be able to do?

There is always something that has to be done at the shelter. Some things you can assist us with are:


>>   Cleaning the cages


>>   Doing dishes or laundry for the animals.


>>   Walking the dogs


>>   Socializing with the cats


>>   Help decorating the shelter for events and holidays


>>   Helping set up or break down and run adoption events in the community


>>   And any other type of special projects that come up from time to time.

What is the minimum required age to volunteer?

You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the shelter, unless you are participating as a Youth Volunteer for ages 13-18. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

I don’t have a computer or email. Can I just fill out a paper application?

Yes, we do accept paper applications. Please call the shelter for an available time to come and complete the form.

Do I need experience to volunteer?

No experience necessary. All we require is good communication, follow directions and have a willingness to learn. CARA will provide all training after you complete orientation.

All I want to do is just walk the dogs, why do I require training?

Shelter animals are different from your pups at home. We have to make sure that each of our animals receive a high-quality level of care and stay healthy physically and mentally as much as possible. In order to accomplish this, our volunteers need to be educated on safety procedures and protocols that are in place to reduce the risk of transferring diseases among the animals within the shelter. We also teach our volunteers how to properly interact with our shelter animals in order to reduce stress on the animals.

Will I have training before I am able to start volunteering?

Yes, we require all volunteer staff to go through our training process with on-the-job training before they are able to run solo.

What do I need to bring with me if I volunteer?

Everything you need as a volunteer will be provided to you at the shelter. If you plan on spending the day, make sure to bring lunch and/or dinner and snacks with you and don’t forget water.

What should I wear when volunteering?

We don’t require a strict dress code, just make sure to dress accordingly to the conditions you will be working in and the weather. Since working with animals can get messy, you may want to wear comfortable blue jeans due to the animals jumping on you or kittens wanting to crawl up your leg.

As a Volunteer, am I able to bring my children with me for the experience or personal reasons?

Unfortunately, we do not allow you to be accompanied by children while you are on duty for liability reasons. Having your children with you requires your attention and takes attention away from your objectives which can be dangerous for you both.

Since it is an animal shelter, can I bring my dog with me while I volunteer?

Sorry, we do not let you bring your animals to the shelter for liability reasons. Your pet is considered a distraction from your duties which can be dangerous for the both of you.

Can my corporate or community group come and volunteer?

Yes, please contact us so we can accommodate your group.

May I be allowed to complete my court ordered community service hours at the shelter?

Yes, for more information visit our Court Mandated Community Service page.

If I decide to adopt one of the animals while Volunteering, do I get a discounted adoption price?

We do not discount adoption fees for any of our Volunteers or Foster Parents. The prices are set based off of the care and medical treatments they received while sheltered with CARA.