Have a little extra time? We need you!
Volunteers are the heart and soul of DCHS and have a hand in nearly every aspect of our operations. We could not do what we do without the time, talents, and love that our volunteers bring with them every time they walk through our doors.
When you join the DCHS Volunteer Team you’ll have the chance to build relationships with other animal lovers and with the cats and dogs that reside at DCHS. Who knows—perhaps you might meet your new best (furry) friend in the process!
Read below to learn about our available volunteer roles and what DCHS needs right now. If you don’t see a role that fits your interest or schedule, please contact our Volunteer/Adoption Coordinator. We are often able to accommodate special project volunteers!
Welcome Desk Volunteer
Greet visitors as they arrive and connect them with staff if needed, answer phones, enter completed adoptions in our database and do other data entry, provide support for our front office operations, and act as our overall go-to for office tasks.
General Maintenance and Cleaning (Indoor and Outdoor)
Help us keep the shelter clean and ready to welcome potential adopters by mopping the hallways, cleaning the windows, disinfecting the doorknobs, and helping with other general cleaning tasks. Or, combine your love for animals and the outdoors by being on the groundskeeping team! Cut the grass and weedwack in summer and do a little shoveling in the winter. Our building and grounds are the first thing visitors see when they come to DCHS, and you can help us make a great impression.
Cat Colony Aide
Help us keep our cat colony rooms in the best shape possible by scooping litter boxes, refilling food and water bowls, mopping the floors, cleaning cat trees, and straightening up after all of our sweet kitties! Our cats are happier and healthier when their rooms here at the shelter are kept shiny and clean, and you can help make that happen!
Are you the life of the party? Do you love meeting new people? DCHS puts on a wide variety of events throughout the year that are paramount to our fundraising efforts, and we need help at each one! You can feel great about how you helped us connect with the community and bring in funds to care for the animals.
Process for Becoming a Volunteer:
1. Start by filling out the online volunteer application – the link is below.
2. Once your application is received, you will be sent an email to schedule a New Volunteer Meeting with our Volunteer/Adoption Coordinator.
3. At the New Volunteer Meeting, you will be able to discuss the roles you are interested in, plan out your schedule, and tour the shelter.
4. Start volunteering and making a huge difference in the lives of DCHS animals!Apply Online Now