Volunteer

We try to make the adoption process as simple as possible.
Below you’ll find all the information needed when considering adoption.

Opportunities & FAQs

If you have some time to give and you want to help animals, you are in the right place! Volunteering at the Conway Area Humane Society is fun, and it improves the lives of the animals in our care. 

CAHS is committed to providing each volunteer with a rewarding and productive experience. All volunteers should expect to work with CAHS staff, other volunteers and members of the public as well as animals. We work carefully to match your skills and interests with shelter needs. Take a look at potential volunteer roles below.

Adoption Assistance
Photograph and write descriptions of animals, takes animals into community for exposure 

Cleaning
Clean Dog kennels and cat cages, scoop poop, clean building

Direct Animal Care
Walk dogs, provide enrichment and socialization of animals, groom, provide transport assistance

Dump Runner
Make weekly trips to the dump for shelter

Educational Outreach Committee
Present educational programs to schools, clubs and camps, write news articles for shelter

Foster care
Provide temporary homes for CAHS animals

Grant Writer
Research and apply for grants under the supervision of the ED

Greeter
Welcome visitors to the shelter, orients them 

Handyperson
Assist with maintenance and repair of CAHS facility

Item Procurement
Obtain donations of needed items 

Landscaping/Gardening
Design, install and maintain the shelter grounds

Laundry and Dishes
Wash and fold animal bedding and towels, wash food bowls

Maintaining Dog Park
Ensure dog park stays safe and clean

Marketing Committee
Write press releases for  newspaper, social media posts, graphic design, etc

Office Work
Conduct data entry, filing, writing thank you notes, mailings, etc

Special Events Committee
Help plan and run special events

Transportation
Drive animals to and from shelter

Vet Assistance
Assist during spay/neuters, vaccinations, exams and other veterinary care

Volunteers must be 18 unless otherwise approved. If you are 11 or younger, you may become a volunteer in our Fuzzy Tails Reading Club. Please have your parent email our Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteering begins with filling out a volunteer application below. Once we have your application, we work carefully to match your skills and interests with shelter needs.

Yes, volunteer hours may be used to fulfill volunteer requirements. We require a three month time commitment from all of our volunteer positions. If your school requirement is less than three months, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (603) 447-5955 or send an email.

There may be times when we are in need of help from a group for projects on-site such as yard work or landscaping or other one time projects as needed. If something like this interests you, please email us to discuss project availability. Small groups may consider other off site ways to help such as organizing a donation drive, toy drive, or adoption promotion.

The Conway Area Humane Society is in need of volunteers on the weekends from 8am to 4pm.

Although we do strongly encourage applicants to commit to two hours each week, we do offer monthly opportunities for individuals who are unable to commit to a regular schedule.

Youth Volunteers

Conway Area Humane Society recognizes the important role that animals play in the lives of children. We strive to protect and nurture the love of animals that is naturally present in  children by giving them the opportunity to be around animals and to help animals in need. 

Our Youth Volunteer Program has two guiding principles: kindness and safety. All CAHS volunteer roles are very important to improving the lives of the homeless animals in our care. To ensure the safety of both children and animals, volunteer responsibilities are limited by age. Please contact us for specific information on age-related responsibilities.

CAHS reserves the right to determine if a particular child is ready for a specific volunteer role, regardless of the child’s age. A parent or guardian must complete a volunteer application for themselves and their child and sign a liability waiver. The Volunteer Coordinator will meet with the child and adult and do a reference check on the adult. The child and supervising adult will then participate in an orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator and fulfill any required training with animal care staff.

One-Time Volunteering

Although not common, sometimes we need an extra set of hands for a big project we are working on. Subscribe to our newsletter to be informed on of any late breaking needs.

Application

Once you submit an application, our Volunteer Coordinator will interview you and contact your references. After that, you will be invited to a new volunteer orientation and have the opportunity to shadow an existing volunteer or staff member in the role(s) you are interested in.

Please understand that we may not have a position for every applicant. Thank you so much for taking the time to consider helping us.