Each year, many dedicated volunteers donate their time, talents and efforts to help our shelter animals. Their willing hands and caring attitudes can calm anxious dogs and cats when they first arrive at our shelter, guide families as they look for new pets, foster animals needing special care, wait on customers in our Happy Tails Pet Supply Shop or CAP eBay Store, help in the low cost vaccination and wellness clinic, help in our in-house spay/neuter lcinic and help with special events.
Volunteers play a vital role in every aspect of what CAP does to save the lives of animals in the Houston area, and our goal is to have all volunteers well-trained and educated for the safety of animals, staff, and volunteers. CAP requires a minimum volunteer commitment of four hours a month for six months.
Due to the amount of training required to work with shelter animals, it will take several weeks to become an “official” volunteer once you begin the process. CAP does not offer any short term or seasonal volunteer positions. Training new volunteers takes significant time and resources, so if you know in advance that if will be difficult for you to maintain a long-term volunteer commitment please consider making a donation online or giving in other ways.
CAP accepts teens age fourteen and up as a part of our volunteer corps. Youth ages fourteen through fifteen must have a parent or legal guardian attend training and volunteer side-by-side with them at all times. When volunteering, one parent may supervise only one child at a time. Youth ages sixteen through eighteen may volunteer without parental supervision, but a parent or legal guardian must sign a legal release.
(Please note that prospective youth volunteers age sixteen and up must contact the volunteer coordinator themselves for questions and information; do not contact the volunteer coordinator on behalf of your child if they are age sixteen and up.)
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CAP is looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 1-2 volunteer shifts (4 hours) per month as part of an ongoing volunteer commitment. CAP does not offer short-term or seasonal volunteer positions. Ideal volunteer candidates are hard working, self-motivated, comfortable with moderate physical demands, and work well independently or as part of a team.
We hope that you will be a volunteer at CAP for many years to come, knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of animals. To learn more about the volunteer application and training process, please review the Volunteer Process and Volunteer Opportunities pages.