Frequently Asked Questions

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How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be a minimum age of 18yrs old. Animal advocates under the age of 18 are encouraged to reach out to local rescues groups (many of whom take animals animals from our shelter who are in need), as they may have opportunities for underage volunteers.

Is there a minimum time commitment?
Due to the resources required to train new volunteers, we ask for a minimum commitment of 8hrs a week, for at least 6 months.

May I complete my court-ordered community services hours at CCAS?
For the reasons mentioned above, we do not accommodate short-term volunteers, or sign-off on court-ordered community service hours at this time.

What days or hours are volunteers needed?
Volunteers are busy saving lives whenever the shelter is open for business, and then some. Most shifts are from 9am-1pm, and 1pm-5pm, and on Wednesday until 7pm. On Sundays, when the shelter is closed to the public, volunteers still provide physical enrichment to our shelter dogs and host our Sunday Adoption events.

I work during the week. Can I volunteer on the weekends? 
Definitely! Saturday is one of our busiest days, and Sunday volunteers make it possible for animals to be adopted when the shelter is not open.

What volunteer opportunities are there?
Volunteers help in many ways, including animal socialization and adoption counseling, shelter support, foster homes, and more! Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information!

How long does it take to get started? 
Training requirements vary, depending upon the assignment you’d like to participate in. It may take anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months to complete your training. Depending on your own availability to participate in the training opportunities provided, it could take longer than 2 months. Learn more about the onboarding process by visiting our Getting Started page.

Once I become a volunteer, how do I view or set my schedule?
Volunteers can view and edit their schedule using the Volunteer online portal. Access to this portal begins upon completion of Day One training, and all volunteers are required to use this online portal to sign in and out of their shifts and track their volunteer hours.

How do I get started?
Visit our Getting Started page to learn more.