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Volunteer FAQ

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

You must be at least 17 to volunteer in the shelter. For those under 17, we recommend discussing fostering with your family. We also have a need for toys, and have a craft book with craft making activities for those under 16. Please email for a PDF copy.

How do I become a volunteer?

Your first step is to fill out a Volunteer Interest Form. After we get a chance to review your interest form, you will receive an invitation to join us at our next volunteer information session, where you will learn more about our volunteer jobs and responsibilities. We then evaluate your needs and preferences with our current openings and try to find an appropriate position for you.

I received an invite to the information session, but I have a schedule conflict for that date. What now?

We hold information sessions at least once a month. If you cannot attend the first available date we will email you with the next date as soon as it is set. You can also check our Upcoming Information Session dates on our Volunteer webpage.

What’s the time commitment?

We ask our volunteers to commit to at least one two-hour shift per week for a minimum of three months. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for more shifts and are encouraged to volunteer beyond their three month initial requirement. We ask that you do not miss more than two shifts during that initial three-month period.

What if I have a vacation where I will have to miss a shift?

Email us at to notify us, as soon as you know you will be missing a shift. During your first three months, we ask that you miss no more than two shifts. If you have to miss more, we will ask that you reevaluate if your chosen shift is appropriate with your schedule. We will also ask that you make up any missed shifts by coming in to volunteer at a different time or by extending your next shift.

Can I receive credit for service hours for school?

Yes. You must notify the Volunteer Coordinator in advance. You must also be at least 16 years of age. Please note that we will sign your completed service hours at the end of the three-month commitment. You must also have your hours signed at the end of your volunteer service, no more than six months after you have stopped volunteering.

Can I complete my court-ordered community service hours here?

Yes. You must notify the Volunteer Coordinator in advance. Please note that we will sign your completed service hours at the end of the three-month commitment.

Do you have any group volunteer opportunities?

Occasionally we will have a large project that can utilize a group of volunteers. However group opportunities are extremely limited. Please email if you are interested in a group opportunity.

Will I need to work holidays?

If you are a retail or administrative volunteer, you do not need to work certain holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, July 4th). However, cats still need care on holidays so cat care volunteers and general cleaning volunteers are required to work holidays. On some of our more popular holidays we have volunteers who are willing to cover for those who will be out of town, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you have any other questions, please email