Volunteer Opportunities

While we always welcome applications from all volunteers for all positions, the following positions are where we currently have the greatest need for volunteers. If you are applying specifically for one of these positions, please note which one you are most interested in, along with your availability for that position, under the “additional skills, training, interests, or hobbies” field on our application.

Cat Care Assistant
Currently seeking volunteers for all weekday mornings on a regular basis. Please see below for our list of Volunteer Opportunities for a description of what members of our Cat Care Team do during their shifts. Must be available 7:30 am-10:00 am. Shifts available Monday-Sunday. Interested? Click here to apply for a Cat Care Assistant position.

Cattery MatchMakers
Currently seeking volunteers to assist specifically with cat adoptions in our on-site cattery. Previous experience caring for cats is preferred, in addition, a willingness to talk to people and get to know them in order to find a cat who would be a good fit. Cattery MatchMakers typically volunteer on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 pm-4 pm. We are open to and encourage setting regular schedules (i.e. every 3rd Saturday, every other, etc.) for this position.

Pet Bank Team
Set your own schedule and volunteer when it’s convenient for you! We are currently seeking folks who are willing to identify new businesses in the area that would be willing to host a pet bank at their location. If you find a place to put a new bank, you may also collect from there on a monthly basis or we can identify another volunteer to collect. Your find, your choice!

Party Animals – Bark in the Park
CHS’s Annual Bark in the Park is coming up October 21st and 22nd, 2017! This is our largest annual event and it takes tons of volunteers to make it great! We need the most volunteers on Saturday, October 21st from 3-8pm to help with the 5K/2K Doggy Dash and on Sunday, October 22nd from 7:30am-12:00pm and 12:00pm-6:00pm to assist with vendors and set-up for the day. This is the perfect event for groups looking to volunteer!
For more information or if you have any questions/concerns regarding these openings, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle, volunteer@chesapeakehumane.org.

Volunteer Positions & Descriptions

Party Animals
Party Animals some of our most important volunteers and where we have the majority of volunteers. We’re always looking for new Party Animals! We rely on these volunteers to help with community events, such as the Chesapeake Jubilee, Yappy Hours; various third-party events, raffle ticket sales, and other events as needed throughout the year. Tasks may include distributing promotional materials, taking pictures during events, performing event setup and clean up, selling tickets, and manning our educational/adoption tables. This is a great opportunity for volunteers who prefer to provide intermittent help or cannot commit to a regular schedule. Some examples of events where we’ve used our Party Animal volunteers:

  • Bark in the Park (3rd weekend of October; both event and 5K/2K Doggy Dash)
  • Pumping for Pets (gas station event where we pump gas and wash windshields for tips)
  • Raffle ticket sales (various times throughout the year)
  • HarborFEAST! at HarborFest
  • Community Yard Sales (various times throughout the year)
  • Photo events
  • Donation pick up’s and drop off’s
  • Restaurant fundraisers
  • Maintaining our facility, inside and out

Cat Care Team
Come take care of the kitties at Chesapeake Humane! Our kitty keepers are responsible for providing full service care to all of our residents in our cattery. This is a part-time, weekday morning position in which volunteers are responsible for cleaning and providing care to our on-site cats. Preference is given to volunteers who have previous experience caring for cats but is not required. Must be available 7:30 am-10:00 am.Responsibilities include:

  • Clean and fill water bowls and food bowls
  • Scooping and cleaning litter boxes
  • Sweeping/vacuum/mop the floors
  • Cleaning out cages and play pens
  • Laundry
  • Various other cleaning tasks as needed to include frequent deep cleanings
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs.

Interested? Click here to apply for a Cat Care Assistant position.

Match Makers
Help connect adoptable animals with new families! Our MatchMakers showcase adoptable animals at CHS through our on-site cattery and Chesapeake Animal Services at various off-site locations to help promote their adoption. MatchMakers enjoy a great deal of hands-on time with adoptable pets!

Responsibilities during on-site adoption hours include working in our cattery, talking with potential adopters, guiding them through the application process, as well as helping out with various tasks around the facility. On-site adoption hours are generally every Saturday and Sunday but may change based on needs and time of year.

Responsibilities at off-site events include setting up and breaking down displays, learning about and practicing safe animal handling, interacting with potential adopters, guiding them through the application process, continuing training with the animals, and advocating adoption and spay/neuter. Off-site adoption events generally occur at least twice monthly and volunteers are encouraged to commit to a regular schedule (for example, either every first Saturday of the month or two events per month).

Foster Care Program
Foster Care parents offer a lifeline for underage, sick or injured animals who need some TLC before they can be adopted. With the love and care of devoted foster parents, these otherwise wonderful pets are given a second chance for life. Responsibilities include allowing the pet to live with you and providing full-service care until they are ready for adoption. Click here to for the Foster Care Program application.

Bingo Team
Help us earn $6,000 a year! Bingo volunteers are some of our most important and assist with Bingo games that occur every Tuesday from 5pm-10:30pm. Volunteers must be 18+ and available one Tuesday night per month for at least 6 months. Training is provided so no worries if you’ve never played before – you’ll learn.

Bark in the Park Committee
This is a high-responsibility position! Volunteers participate in a strategic planning committee that plans for our flagship fundraiser, Bark in the Park. Tasks include selling sponsorships, 5K Doggy Dash planning, creating ads, coordinating event logistics, recruiting exhibitors, developing entertainment, etc. Business skills in the areas of marketing, accounting, advertising, selling, project management and/or connections to the community are required. This is a great resume-builder for young professionals. Contact us for more details.

Pet Bank Collection Team
Pet Banks are placed at area businesses and the funds raised need to be collected monthly. Volunteers are assigned to specific businesses and can visit their assigned businesses on their own schedule. Must be 18+. Volunteers are also encouraged to seek out and arrange new businesses at which we can place and pick up banks.

Administrative Team
Administrative Team volunteers typically work alongside our C.A.R.E. clinic staff and assist with needs in the clinic, but also on our administrative side as needed. Tasks include checking in spay/neuter patients (early morning), assisting clients during vaccine clinics, filing/organizing paperwork, grant writing (experience required), assisting with daily laundry, etc. These positions are posted and or filled on an as-needed basis.