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.  Thank you for your support!

Please note that we are currently unable to accept volunteers who are looking for court-ordered community service hours.

Adoption Assistant (Kitty Corner, PFE Danville Cat Adoption Center)

Adoption Assistants assist Adoption Counselors with public interaction and various other tasks. Qualifications include:

  • Good verbal communication, professionalism, and knowledge of cat behavior and care
  • Comfort in handling cats
  • Reliability and weekend availability a must
  • Minors may accompany an adult if they are at least 13 years old
  • Kitty Corner Commitment: Monthly, biweekly, or weekly
  • PFE Danville Commitment: Biweekly or weekly

Adoption Counselor (Kitty Corner, PFE Danville Cat Adoption Center)

Adoption Counselors are vital bridges in helping to place adoptable animals into suitable homes.  Qualifications include:

  • Good verbal communication, professionalism, and knowledge of cat 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 cats
  • Must be comfortable handling adoption paperwork and fees
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Reliability is a must!
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Minors may accompany an adult if they are at least 13 years old
  • Kitty Corner Commitment: Monthly, biweekly, or weekly
  • PFE Danville Commitment: Weekly

Animal Photographer

Do you have a passion for photography and animals?  More often than not, it’s a photo that draws in potential adopters and helps animals find their forever homes!  CCHS volunteers frequently photograph the ever-changing roster of Kitty Corner residents.  On occasion, we need volunteers willing to visit foster homes if the foster home providers don’t have access to a digital camera.  The photographs will be used on our website, Facebook page, fliers, and other materials.  Qualifications include:

  • Experience (professional or personal) photographing animals
  • Must be comfortable working with dogs and cats in close environment
  • Reliable, responsible and professional
  • Reliable transportation to foster homes located in Contra Costa County
  • Volunteer must have digital camera or good quality camera phone

Animal Transporter

CCHS sometimes needs volunteers to transport animals to veterinary appointments or adoption events.  Qualifications include:

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

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
  • Must have weekday morning availability, ideally 10am to noon
  • Commitment: Monthly

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 basic 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
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Find out more about fostering!

Cleaning & Socialization (Kitty Corner, PFE Danville Cat Adoption Center)

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

  • Reliable, responsible, able to make a minimum 6 month commitment
  • 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
  • Minors may accompany an adult if they are at least 11 years old
  • Commitment: Weekly

Office Assistant

Volunteers work in weekly weekday 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
  • Knowledge and responsibilities of animal care
  • Ability to work independently
  • Internet and research skills helpful, as is familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Commitment: Weekly

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
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Outlook
  • Commitment: Weekly