CAP Volunteer Opportunities
There are many ways that you can volunteer for CAP - at the shelter, PetsMart locations, special events and even in your home. Here are just a few possibilities - read more about becoming a volunteer on the Volunteer Process page.
Foster Parents provide temporary care in their homes for special needs animals who are sick, injured or under age until they are ready to be adopted. CAP provides many of the medical needs for these animals who just need a place to recuperate until they are ready to find that happy, forever home. Find out more about becoming a foster parent in the Foster Homes page.
Shelter Animal Caretaker
CAP’s staff spends each day providing quality care for every animal that comes to our shelter. These days can be very long and overwhelming, especially in the spring and summer when hundreds of puppies and kittens are surrendered. Volunteers in the shelter are invaluable to the animals and the shelter staff as they give their time walking dogs, assisting potential adopters, washing dishes, doing laundry, unfolding newspapers and performing other tasks that all contribute to providing a happy, healthy environment for the animals.
Website Content Contributer
CAP's website is central to our mission and helps us maintain one of the highest adoption rates in the country. Help support CAP and our adoptable animals through assisting with adoption listing postings and other website activities.
- Photography: needed regularly – must have digital camera (volunteers needed in pairs)
- Video: needed regularly - must have video camera and editing software
Meet and Greet
Volunteers assist customers in the dog and cat adoption areas, providing information on the animals, helping take the animals out of their cages for interaction with the customer and assisting with adoption paperwork.
Assist the customer care counselors with signing in the public, keeping the list of adopters waiting to see an adoption counselor, filing, and taking food/supply donations. Experienced volunteers may be trained in answering the telephones.
Feral Cat Team Member
A feral cat is a cat that has been born and raised with no human contact and therefore exists in a wild state with no humans contact (except being fed by a caretaker). Sometimes tame cats are abandoned outside and they revert to a wild state. Find out how you can become involved and even maintain a feral cat colony in your area by reading the Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP) page.
PetsMart and Off-site Adoption Events
CAP has adoption counselors at PetSmart in Sugarland. CAP also holds adoption events at Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Katy and many other locations. Volunteers are always needed to help set up, work tables and tear down at special adoption events in addition to helping our staff at PetsMart.
CAP participates in many special events such as the "Tour for Life" Adopt-a-thon, home shows, cat and dog shows and Animal Planet Expo. In addition, CAP hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to help raise money for our operations. Our two annual major fundraisers are Mr. Magoo's "Paws for Style" Party and the Celebrity Paws Gala. Volunteers are always needed to assist with these events.
Pet Supply Shop and Thrift Store
These are both fun locations to work and at the same time, you are helping raise money for our shelter. The main duties in these stores are helping customers, putting away inventory, sorting donated items for sale and generally keeping the stores looking clean and attractive.
For more information about CAP's volunteer program, contact our volunteer coordinator.