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 from our shelter who are in need), as they may have opportunities for underage volunteers.

Are there vaccination requirements to volunteer?
Yes. The County Board of Supervisors issued a Mandatory Vaccine Policy to protect the health and safety of our shelter employees and the community. The policy requires all employees and volunteers to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to the County. Those with a qualifying medical condition or disability or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated may apply for an exemption.

Is there a minimum time commitment?
Due to the resources required to train new volunteers, we ask for a minimum commitment of 8hrs a month, 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 a vital part of our operations every day the shelter is open for business, and then some! Most shifts are from 9am – 1pm, and 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.  We are open late on Wednesdays, so there is an additional evening shift until 7pm. There are occasional events and other opportunities on days that the shelter is closed to the public. At this time, our greatest need is for dog and cat volunteers, especially on Saturdays (both morning and afternoon). But really, any service you can provide will be greatly appreciated by the staff and the animals!

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.