Make a Difference
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Coastal Humane Society!
Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization. They help us accomplish our mission of providing quality care to the 3,000+ animals that come through our doors every year at our two shelters. We are always looking for new volunteers who share our love of animals and are dedicated to our cause.
Our volunteers help us every day with a variety of tasks ranging from animal care to fundraising. For a complete list, please check out the Opportunity Directory. Coastal Humane is also open to new volunteer ideas; if you have a special skill or interest that is not listed, please contact the volunteer coordinator to discuss the possibilities!
The following requirements are based on the current volunteer needs of Coastal Humane Society and are subject to change. If you are unable to meet all of the criteria, please remember that any member of the public is welcome to come to the shelter during open hours to visit with the animals.
Volunteers are required to meet all of these criteria:
- You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently. Children aged 9 to 15 may volunteer with a trained parent or guardian. Please note that both child and adult are expected to perform the same tasks as other volunteers.
- Animal care positions require a minimum of 2 shifts (3 to 4 hours) per month for at least 4 months.
- You must commit to a regular volunteer schedule of your choosing.
PLEASE NOTE: We use peanut butter in our shelter and so we may not be an appropriate place for anyone with nut allergies.
Steps to Get Started
- Attend a volunteer orientation where we will discuss the program and the requirements in more detail. This must be your first step.
- Fill out an application
- Attend an introductory meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator and review relevant paperwork and training information
- Complete one training shift
Animal caretaking is a tiered position, which means volunteers begin at a base level and can work their way up to more advanced levels if they so choose with additional training and experience. This ensures that all volunteers have adequate knowledge to safely perform their required duties. Volunteers must choose to work with either cats and small animals or dogs. You may be trained in both, but need to complete training in one before you can start in the other. Please note that dog walking is a level 3 position and volunteers must first help with daily cleaning and care as a level 1 and 2.
Here at Coastal Humane, we feel that humane education is a top priority for children, and what better way to introduce this than to involve children in caring for our animals! We do require that children be at least 9 years old, and any child age 15 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while at the shelter. While we will do our best to accommodate each family, we may not have availability for more than 3 people at one time.
Community Service Volunteers
Coastal Humane Society accepts volunteers who need to perform volunteer service for a school or extracurricular organization. Dependent upon the number of hours needed by an individual, some volunteer opportunities may not be available.
Coastal Humane Society accepts volunteers who need to perform volunteer service due to involvement in the criminal justice system. Volunteers are accepted into this program on a case-by-case basis. Those charged with a crime considered violent in nature or pertaining to animal cruelty/neglect are not accepted into this program. Dependent upon the number of hours needed by an individual, some volunteer opportunities may not be available.
Ready to Get Started?
We are excited to work with you! Register for one of the volunteer orientations which are listed on our Events Calendar.
For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 449-1366.