Volunteer

Below, please find descriptions of volunteer positions that often pop up at CCHS.  If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete a Volunteer Application.  If you’d like to provide a foster home for a homeless animal, please complete the online volunteer application and answer accordingly for the questions regarding fostering.  Thank you for your support!

Adoption Counselor

Adoption Counselors are vital bridges in helping to place adoptable animals into suitable homes.  Adoption Counselors can volunteer for roles within Kitty Corner and/or for our foster dogs and cats to help to appropriately match our available animals with potential adopters.  Qualifications include:

  • Good verbal communication, professionalism, knowledge of cat and dog behavior and care
  • Strong interpersonal skills.  Experience in re-homing and/or adopting out animals is beneficial
  • Comfort and ability in screening potential homes for appropriate matchmaking
    Comfort in handling animals
  • After-hours and weekend availability
  • With Kitty Corner, the ability to work a regular weekly shift or the ability to come in 2-3 times/month to get to know the cats
  • Must be comfortable handling adoption paperwork and fees
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Reliability is a must!

Adoption Event Coordinator (dogs)

Love dogs but unable to foster?  If you love the feel-good stories of dogs finding homes and want to be a part of that joy, we have just the volunteer position for you! We’re looking for a dedicated, passionate, outgoing individual to oversee our dog adoption events.  You’ll play an invaluable role in helping to advertise upcoming adoption events, match adoptable dogs and puppies with the right homes during the events, processing paperwork and preparing adopters for their new addition.

Adoption events typically occur once/month (sometimes months will be skipped, and sometimes there may be two/month) and can often be accommodating to your schedule.  Events are typically 3-4 hours each.  Qualifications include:

  • Good verbal communication, professionalism, knowledge of dog behavior and care
  • Strong interpersonal skills.  Experience in re-homing and/or adopting out animals is beneficial
  • Comfort and ability in screening potential homes for appropriate matchmaking
  • Comfort in handling animals
  • Weekend availability
  • Must be comfortable handling adoption paperwork and fees
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Interest in promoting events through social media
  • Reliability is a must!

AniMeals Pet Food Bank

The goal of the AniMeals Pet Food Bank program is to help financially challenged families and individuals keeps their pets in the home and out of shelters.  CCHS volunteers transport pet food from our pantry location to Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano distribution sites and provide to those in need three times each month.  Volunteers also collect food from donations bins in pet supply or other locations and transport it to the CCHS office or pantry for processing.  Qualifications include:

  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License
  • Must have car insurance
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be reliable, responsible, professional, prompt and courteous

Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors is vital to the success of CCHS in terms of growth and enhancement.  Board members contribute to policy decisions, fundraising, internal committees, support recruitment and event success.  If you’re interested in learning more about this position or becoming a Board Member, please contact Cheryl Nickerson, CCHS Executive Director, at cnickerson@cchumane.org or by phone at (925) 279-2247 x306.  Qualifications include:

  • Ability to work with a diverse and dedicated team of volunteers
  • Expertise in the following areas is very helpful: fundraising, finance/accounting, humane resources, legal, marketing and publicity, non-profit experience, veterinary care
  • Attend a once-monthly Board meeting
  • Attend and assist at special functions and fundraising events
  • An annual financial contribution is required
  • Time commitment: 5-10 hours per month minimum

Event Volunteer

Volunteers will work at an information table or special event, generally on the weekend, providing information about CCHS’s programs and services, as well as soliciting and accepting donations. This position may also include handling adoptable animals.  This position helps educate the public on CCHS’s mission, programs and responsible animal care. Qualifications include:

  • Good verbal communication, experience working with the public
  • Must have the ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time in varying conditions

Foster Home Provider

You can help provide a homeless animal the time it needs to find a forever home!  As a foster, you’ll provide a loving environment as well as transportation to the veterinarian and to monthly adoption events.  CCHS provides food, medical care and necessary supplies associated with fostering.   Qualifications include:

  • Have cat/dog care experience
  • Have an extra room to keep foster separate from your pets, if needed
  • For the safety of your animals and ours, we ask that your resident animals be spayed/neutered and current on their vaccines
  • Find out more about fostering!

Foster Mentor

Volunteer foster mentors are a go-to buddy for dog and cat volunteer foster families, helping them with any questions regarding their foster animals’ behavioral or medical needs; helping to get their animal ready for adoption; talking with potential adopters as needed and if comfortable, helping as an adoption counselor. Qualifications include:

  • Good verbal communication, professionalism, knowledge of cat and/or dog behavior and care
  • Strong interpersonal skills.  Previous or current experience in fostering animals is beneficial
  • Ability to respond to fosters during the weekdays and weekends as needed via email or phone
  • If acting as an adoption counselor, please see qualifications above for Adoption Counselor
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Reliability is a must!
  • This position generally requires about 5 hours/week for 1-2 foster families/animals

Fundraising, Publicity and Marketing

Volunteers in this category are vital to the success of CCHS, as we are an all-donation-based organization.  Volunteers will seek financial support from the local business community, as well as donations of goods and services for specific fundraising events and programs. They also assist in seeking out opportunities to publicize CCHS programs and services, as well as our need for donations to fund those services. Qualifications include:

  • Reliable, responsible, professional demeanor
  • Good verbal and written communication, as well as the ability to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with internet research

Kitty Corner Volunteers

Kitty Corner volunteers are responsible for the day-to-day well-being of our favorite feline guests at Kitty Corner.  Volunteers handle the daily cleaning, feeding and socialization of our lovable cats. Volunteers staff Kitty Corner seven days a week at varying times.  Qualifications include:

  • Reliable, responsible, and able to make a minimum 6 month commitment to a once-weekly shift at a designated time
  • Comfort in working with and handling cats; knowledge in cat behavior
  • Ability to lift 30lbs
  • For the safety of your cats and ours, we ask that your resident cats be current on their vaccines
  • Good communication, friendly disposition and ability to work well with other volunteers

Office Assistant

Volunteers work in weekly shifts of 2-4 hours to answer and direct calls, provide assistance or referrals to callers, and return general messages. Volunteers may also assist in clerical work as needed – such as mailings, filing, and keeping track of inventory – and other projects that benefit CCHS programs and animals. Qualifications include:

  • Polite and friendly disposition
  • Strong sense of phone etiquette
  • Computer and internet skills required, as is familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Knowledge and responsibilities of animal care
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 1 time per week (minimum 2 hours) schedule

Pet Food Express Cat Adoption Center, Danville

CCHS is proud to partner with Pet Food Express for a Cat Adoption Center at their beautiful Danville location (609 San Ramon Valley Blvd.) and it is expected to open during the summer months of 2017.

We have two types of volunteer opportunities available: cleaning/socializing shifts and adoption counseling.  We are asking that all volunteers—cleaning and adoption—be able to commit to a once-a-week shift for a minimum of 6 months.

  • Cleaning shifts will consist of weekly morning and evening shifts.  Each shift will include: refreshing the food and water; scooping and cleaning the litterboxes; cleaning the individual cat enclosures; and, of course, cat socialization! We’d like to have 3 people per morning shift (2 hours), and 2 people per evening shift (2 hours).
    Shifts are:

    • Morning: M-F 8:30-10:30am; Saturday 9-11am; Sunday 9:30-11am
    • Evening: M-F 7-8pm; Saturday 6-7pm; Sunday 5-6pm
  • Adoption shifts include interacting with members of the public to help match them with the appropriate adoptable cat; processing adoption paperwork; collecting adoption fees.  We’d like to have 1-2 people per adoption shift.  Shifts are:
    • M-F 3-7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday 11am – 2pm and 2-5pm.  (If someone so desires the full 11-5 shift on a Saturday or Sunday, that can be arranged.)

Qualifications include:

  • Good verbal communication; polite, friendly, outgoing and professional disposition and the ability to work well with other volunteers
  • Volunteers who enjoy working with both the cats and the public, regardless of the type of shift
  • Comfort in working with and handling cats; knowledge in cat behavior and animal care
  • For adoption counseling:
    • Strong interpersonal skills.  Experience in re-homing and/or adopting out animals is beneficial
    • Comfort and ability in screening potential homes for appropriate matchmaking
    • Must be comfortable handling adoption paperwork and fees
    • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Ability to commit to one day per week shift for a minimum of 6 months
  • Ability to lift 30lbs
  • Reliability is a must as the animals depend upon it
  • For the safety of your cats and ours, we ask that your resident cats be current on their vaccines

Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

Our SNAP program provides financial assistance to low-income county residents to help spay or neuter their animals at one of our partnering veterinary hospitals.  Volunteers will help to answer and return phone calls, qualify applicants based on income, provide information and referral services, as well as handle calls on feral cat care.  Qualifications include:

  • Polite and friendly disposition
  • Strong sense of phone etiquette
  • Knowledge of spay/neuter procedures and benefits
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to commit to one day per week shift for approximately 2 hours
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Outlook

Veterinarian Advisory Committee

CCHS values the expert advice of veterinarians in helping us care for our animals properly.  The Veterinarian Advisory Committee was created so that CCHS has local vets who are able to answer animal related questions if need be, and advise if special circumstances arise.  If you’re interested in learning more about this position or becoming a member of the Veterinarian Advisory Committee, please contact Leeann Lorono, CCHS executive director, at llorono@cchumane.org.  Qualifications include:

  • Current or prior practicing veterinarian
  • Knowledge and responsibilities of animal care
  • Minimum of 1 year commitment
  • Time commitment is according to your availability and the needs of CCHS