CAP Volunteer Process

Step One: Volunteer Application & Orientation

Fill out an online volunteer application to attend an orientation at the CAP facility.(Please note that you will receive an e-mail confirmation followed by an invitation once your application has been approved/ accepted).  The process can take 5 - 7 days so please do not be discouraged if you do not receive an email immediately.

Orientations are limited to 40 enrollments. 

  • Each person who will attend must submit an application (no additional guests will be accepted)
  • Parents must attend and volunteer with their children at all times. If your child is 16 or over, attendance to orientation is not required. Seating is limited so please only register if you plan on actually volunteering with your child.
  • When volunteering together, one parent may supervise only one child at a time.

Step Two: Shelter Basics Training

After attending an orientation, if you have determined that CAP is the right place for you to volunteer, you will be required to attend a Shelter Basics Training class. This is a required class to become a volunteer. An e-mail will be sent to you with the date and time of attendance. During the training class you will learn the basics of animal handling, the shelter process, and animal behavior.

Step Three: Mentoring

Immediately following your training class you will need to schedule a “shadow” session with a mentor. A list of available mentors will be given to you during your training class so that you may contact one from home to schedule a session that is convenient for you. During your mentoring session you will receive “hands-on” training, from a veteran volunteer, working directly with the animals in the shelter.

Step Four: First Shift

Upon successful completion of your mentoring session you will need to work one approved shift directly in the shelter under the supervision of experienced staff guidance. Contact the volunteer coordinator to schedule your shift.