There are many ways that you can volunteer with CAP. Here are just a few possibilities! You can read more about how to become a volunteer on the Volunteer Process page.
Shelter Animal Caretaker
CAP staff spends each day providing quality care for every animal that comes to our shelter, but these days can be long and overwhelming. Volunteers are invaluable to the animals and the shelter staff as they give their time walking dogs, washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning kennels, and other tasks that help create a happy, healthy environment for the animals.
Meet and Greet
CAP is open for adoptions seven days a week, and volunteers help get animals adopted into new homes every day. Volunteers help animals find new homes by assisting clients in the dog and cat adoption areas by providing information, taking animals out of their kennels for interaction with potential adopters, and cleaning Mix and Mingle rooms so they are available for visitors. Volunteers are especially needed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.
Tails on Trails
Every dog in our shelter is walked at least twice a day to ensure they get exercise and one-on-one attention. However, dogs that have been waiting longer to get adopted need extra exercise, attention, and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. Volunteers age eighteen and up can train to take these long-term residents on long morning walks in George Bush Park to lift their spirits and burn off extra energy.
Foster parents provide temporary in-home care for sick, injured, or underage animals until they are ready to be adopted. CAP provides for many of the medical needs of these animals who need a place to recuperate until they are ready to find forever homes. Find out more about becoming a foster parent on the Foster Homes page.
Feral Cat Assistance Program
FCAP is a dedicated volunteer group that provides education to the public on non-lethal ways of controlling the feral cat population. They provide Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance and education to caregivers of feral cat colonies all over the Houston area. For more information on feral cats or to become an FCAP volunteer please visit the Feral Cat program page.
Vaccination and Wellness Clinic
CAP’s low-cost vaccination and wellness clinic is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and provides affordable vaccinations and basic wellness services to the community. Volunteers assist with client check-in, completing paperwork, and overseeing an orderly process.
Community Outreach and Humane Education
Volunteers attend a variety of public events to advocate for pets in our community and help with humane education events and youth programs at the shelter. Volunteers help the Community Outreach team represent CAP at festivals, health fairs, and various other events to talk about pet adoption, the importance of spay/neuter, and how to help CAP care for homeless animals in our community.
Pet Supply Shop and eBay Store
The Happy Tails Pet Supply Store and the eBay Store help raise money to support the mission of CAP and to care for our shelter animals. The primary volunteer duties in these stores are helping customers, putting away inventory, sorting donations, and generally helping to keep our stores clean and attractive.
For more information about CAP's volunteer program, contact our volunteer coordinator.