Volunteer at CMHS

With over 6,000 homeless animals coming into the shelter each year, volunteers are a vital resource. CMHS encourages the participation of volunteers who support the CMHS mission: to create a fulfilling and mutually beneficial experience between volunteers and animal residents while also advocating for shelter animal adoption and successful pet ownership.

  • RequirementsOpen or Close
    • At least 18 years old; If under 18, volunteer must be accompanied by supervisor/guardian at all times.  Minimum age is 8 years old.
    • Have an interest in helping animals become successful pets
    • Have a mature and respectful attitude towards staff, the public, and animal residents at all times
    • Have a working email or other means of communication
    • Able to commit to a minimum of 3-4 hours a month for a consecutive 3 months
    • Support CMHS philosophies, policies and the CMHS mission
  • Getting StartedOpen or Close
    If you are interested in volunteer with CMHS, please follow these steps:
    1. Be of age. Independent volunteer positions have a minimum age requirement of 18.  If under 18, you will need to have a guardian or parent present during all stages of the volunteer process and at all times while volunteering.  Minimum age requirement is 8.
    2. Complete a volunteer application. Tell us about yourself by filling out an application either online or at the shelter.  If applying online, email the completed application tovolunteer@cmhspets.org with the subject “CMHS volunteer application”.  
    3. Attend an orientation. If we feel like you would be a good fit for CMHS, you will be given the dates and times to attend an orientation (approximately 1 hour).  At this orientation, you will learn about the different programs of the shelter as well as the possible volunteer opportunities available.
    4. Attend training sessions. If we both agree CMHS would be a great place to donate some of your valuable time, you’ll then sign up for training session(s) that match your interests.  You’ll sign up for these training sessions at the orientation and each session will go over different topics including general volunteer policies, safe dog handling and safe cat handling.
    5. Make a commitment. A commitment of at least 4 hours per month for a minimum of 3 months is required for most positions.  We plan to invest in you and would love for you to stick around!
    6. Volunteer! Make a difference in a homeless or unwanted pet’s life!
    Please contact Chris Campbell if you have any questions at: volunteer@cmhspets.org or (573)443-7387 ext. 211 *We cannot accommodate volunteers with criminal records that include felony drug offenses, any charges involved with theft, abuse, or cruelty to animals. If you need community service hours you must go through our front desk as our volunteer program is completely seperate from court ordered community service.  Unfortunately, we do not allow individuals to complete community service hours for charges of theft, drugs, violence or felonies.  Please stop in during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday) or call for more information : 573-443-7387 ext. 0
  • Volunteer OpportunitiesOpen or Close
    • Dog/Cat Socializing - Come socialize with the dogs and cats and give them the love and attention they both need and deserve while here at the shelter.  Help reduce stress and keep them company!
    • Dog Walking – Walking manners are an essential part of being a polite pet.  Come walk dogs on Bear Creek Trail.
    • Special Events – Assist CMHS staff at adoption events, community events and fundraisers.  Events are a great way to spread the CMHS mission and can be a fun alternative to on-site volunteering.
    • Donation Drives – Collecting funds and goods for the shelter and animals
    • Donation Pickups - Collect and pick up donations at various places
    • Office Assistance – Help with paperwork and misc. office work.
    • Photographer – Do you have photography skills?  If so, come help capture images of our animals to put online.
    • Foster parent/family – Providing a temporary home for an animal is the best way to help save lives!  If interested, please check out the information on the foster tab.  Fostering is full time volunteering!
    • Miscellaneous – What are your talents? What can you offer CMHS?  Please tell us, we are always looking for individulas with special talents who can help with various projects.  Let us know!
  • Group and Business Services ProjectsOpen or Close
    Business, school and group opportunities at CMHS vary depending on the time of year and what is needed at the shelter.  Please realize there is a high demand for group volunteering and limited opportunities for such groups to participate in.
    • Large groups are great for helping with special events, ground maintenance, and other special projects.  These projects also generally occur in the spring and fall when weather is most cooperative.
    • Large groups take planning.  We need to know at least 2 weeks in advance and we cannot guarantee we will have an on-site project for you, but we will see if our needs match your group’s interests.  Group size range from 5-15.
    • If you have a group that is interested in helping, please also consider fundraising within your own organization.  Holding events like donation drives, car washes, and office competitions are great ways to assist the animals if an on-site event is not viable.
    • If you have any questions or need help with hosting an event, please feel free to contact us.



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