Chesapeake Humane Society


Welcome to the Chesapeake Humane Society Volunteer Page!

Volunteers who can commit to volunteering for at least 6 months and at least 4 hours a month, please Click Here to fill out your application.

If you would like to volunteer with a group, please Click Here to complete your application.

Important volunteer information:

  • All volunteers must be 16 years old or older.
  • All volunteers must pay a $25 onboarding fee (this covers your volunteer t-shirt and training).
  • All volunteers start with 15 hours of cleaning before moving on to other jobs. Cleaning takes place at 8am every morning.
  • CHS does not provide hours for court-ordered community service.
  • We do not currently have any volunteer opportunities in the evening or at night. 

Most of our volunteer opportunities take place at our new facility located at 1149 New Mill Drive.

If you have questions about volunteering, please reach out to our Community Engagement Manager, Shoshana, at volunteer@chesapeakehumane.org

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General Interests

Shelter Cleaning and Maintenance

 

 

Shelter Cleaning and Maintenance Volunteer

 

Objective: Provide a professional, hygienic environment for CHS animals to reside in and potential adopters to visit

 

Tier Level: Tier 1

 

Responsibilities:

  • Weeding and other grounds maintenance.
  • Sweep and mop shelter floors.

  • Clean bathrooms and ensure they have paper towels and toilet paper.

  • Clean windows and doors .

  • Wash and put away laundry.

  • Organize and put away donations.

  • General maintenance, as needed.

 

Training:

  • Policies and Procedures Training 

  • Laundry Flash Card

 

Time and Place:

  • Varies

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Clinic, 312 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA  23320


Commitment: This volunteer position can be filled by regular volunteers, groups, or short-term volunteers

Dog Care Team

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Care Team Volunteer

Objective: 

  • Provide a hygienic environment for CHS dogs to reside in and for potential adopters to visit

  • Document animal’s poor eating and/or litter box habits, as well as behavioral changes for staff

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff in cleaning dog enclosures

  • Feed dogs according to instructions

  • Bathing and grooming of dogs, as needed

  • Restock any supplies that are low at the end of the shift

 

Training

  • Policies and Procedures Training

  • My Impact Page Training

  • Dog Safety Handling Training

  • Dog Kennel Cleaning Training

 

Time and Place

  • 8am-11am, seven days a week

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Commitment: This volunteer position can be filled by regular volunteers, groups, or short-term volunteers

Cat Care Team

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Care Team Volunteer

 

Objective: 

  • Provide a hygienic environment for CHS cats to reside in and for potential adopters to visit.

  • Document animal’s poor eating and/or litter box habits, as well as behavioral changes for staff.

 

Tier Level: Tier 1 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff in cleaning cat enclosures.

  • Feed cats and kittens according to instructions.

  • Grooming of cats, as needed.

  • Restock any supplies that are low at the end of the shift.

 

Training

  • Policies and Procedures eLearning Module

  • My Impact Page eLearning Module

  • Zoonotic Diseases eLearning Module

  • Cat Safety Handling eLearning Module

  • Cat Kennel Cleaning eLearning Module

 

Time and Place

  • 8am-11am, seven days a week

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322

 

Commitment: This volunteer position can be filled by regular volunteers, groups, or short-term volunteers

Dog Enrichment Team

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Enrichment Team Volunteer

 

Objective: To provide dogs with enrichment throughout the day

 

Tier Level: Tier 2

 

Prerequisites: Volunteer must first complete 15 hours of Shelter Cleaning and Maintenance or Dog Care Team volunteer jobs

 

Responsibilities:

  • Make enrichment toys for dogs.

  • Bathe and groom dogs, as necessary.

  • Walk dogs.

  • Play with dogs in the play yard.

  • Assist staff with play groups.

  • Take photographs of dogs for marketing purposes.

 

Training:

  • All tier 1 training

  • Dog Handling Safety

 

Time and Place:

  • 12-4pm, seven days a week

  • The Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322

 

Commitment:

  • 6 month minimum

  • 4 hours per month

 

Cat Enrichment Team

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Enrichment Team Volunteer

 

Objective: To provide cats with enrichment throughout the day

 

Tier Level: Tier 2

 

Prerequisites: Volunteer must first complete 15 hours of Shelter Cleaning and Maintenance or Cat Care Team volunteer jobs.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Make enrichment toys for cats.

  • Groom cats, as necessary.

  • Play with cats.

  • Take photographs of cats for marketing purposes.

  • Make note of any health or behavioral issues and report to staff.

 

Training:

  • All tier 1 training

  • Cat Handling Safety eLearning Module

  • Cat Enrichment eLearning Module

 

Time and Place:

  • 12-5pm, seven days a week

  • The Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322

 

Commitment:

  • 6 month minimum

  • 4 hours per month

Administrative Team

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Team Volunteer

 

Objective: Provide administrative staff support. This job requires proficiency with technology and shelter software.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with donor letters and bulk mail campaigns.

  • Copying, scanning, and attaching documents.

  • Assembling adoption folders, goody bags for adopters.

  • Organizing and putting away donations.

  • Processing Adoptions.
  • Answering Phones.

 

Qualifications

  • Comfortable with computers and software programs.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Professional behavior when dealing with adopters and crisis boarding clients.

 

Training

  • Policies and Procedures Training

  • My Impact Page Training

  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • 15 Hours of Cleaning
  • Additional On-The-Job Training

 

Time and Place

  • 12-4pm on Saturdays

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322

 

Commitment

  • 6 month minimum

  • 1 hour per week

Event Team

 

 

 

 

 

Event Team Volunteer

 

Objective: Provide assistance at CHS fundraising and educational events

 

Tier Level: Tier 1 (or tier 2 if handling dogs at events)

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in preparations for fundraising events, including flier distribution, pre-event registration, packet assembly, etc.

  • Help with event day tasks, such as set-up, greeting attendees, answering questions, and event tear-down

  • Year-end fundraising opportunities

  • Pet Banks

  • Bring pets to outreach and third party events

 

Qualifications:

  • Friendliness, professionalism, and strong communication skills

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people

  • Commitment to punctuality and attention to detail

  • Ability to work independently or as a team member and use good judgement

 

Training: Policy and Procedures Training

 

Time and Place: Varies by event

 

Commitment: This volunteer position can be filled by regular volunteers, groups, or short-term volunteers

Photography

 

 

Photography Team Volunteer

Objective: Provide photographs of shelter animals for social media, adoption marketing and events.

Tier Level: Level 2

Responsibilities

  • Take photographs of shelter animals.

  • Turn in photographs to the Development Manager (Development@chesapeakehumane.org).

  • Bring your own animal handler, if needed.  This person must be a Tier 2 CHS volunteer.

Qualifications

  • Able to safely handle animals.

  • Own your own camera.

  • Have photography experience.

Training

  • All Tier 1 training

  • All animal enrichment training

Time and Place

  • Varies (Shelter and Events)

Commitment

  • 6 months

  • 1 hour per week

Transport

 

 

 

 

 

Transport

Objective: To transport animals, donations, and supplies between CHS’ two facilities.

Tier Level: Tier 1 (Tier 2 for animal transport)

Responsibilities:

  • Pick up animals, donations, and supplies and transport them to the other facility.

Training:

  • Policies and Procedures eLearning Module

  • My Impact Page eLearning Module

  • Zoonotic Disease eLearning Module (for animal transport)

  • Dog Safety Handling eLearning Module (for animal transport)

  • Cat Safety Handling eLearning Module (for animal transport)

Time and Place:

  • Facility Hours

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Clinic, 312 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA  23320

Commitment: 

  • 6 month minimum

  • 1 hour per week

Small Animal Enrichment

             

 

 

Small Animal Enrichment Team Volunteer

Objective: To provide small animals (rabbits, hamsters, birds, etc.) with enrichment throughout the day

 

Tier Level: Tier 2

 

Prerequisites: Volunteers must first complete 15 hours of Shelter Cleaning and Maintenance or Small Animal Care Team volunteer jobs.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Make enrichment toys for small animals.

  • Groom animals, as necessary.

  • Play with animals.

  • Take photographs of animals for marketing purposes.

  • Printing updated kennel cards once pictures have been uploaded

  • Make note of any health or behavioral issues and report to staff.

 

Training:

  • All tier 1 training

  • Small Animal Cleaning eLearning Module

 

Time and Place:

  • 12-5pm, seven days a week

  • The Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322

 

Commitment:

  • 6 month minimum

  • 4 hours per month

Small Animal Care Team

             

 

Small Animal Care Team Volunteer

 

Objective: 

  • Provide a hygienic environment for CHS small animals to reside in and for potential adopters to visit.

  • Document animal’s poor eating and/or litter box habits, as well as behavioral changes for staff.

 

Tier Level: Tier 1 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff in cleaning enclosures.

  • Feed animals according to instructions.

  • Grooming of animals, as needed.

  • Restock any supplies that are low at the end of the shift.

 

Training

  • Policies and Procedures eLearning Module

  • My Impact Page eLearning Module

  • Zoonotic Diseases eLearning Module

  • Small Animal Cleaning eLearning Module

 

Time and Place

  • 8am-10am, seven days a week

  • Chesapeake Humane Society Shelter, 1149 New Mill Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322

 

Commitment: This volunteer position can be filled by regular volunteers, groups, or short-term volunteers

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to promote the welfare of companion animals through programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, increase adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship through affordable pet care.