Ways you can help by volunteering at CHA Animal Shelter…

CHA Animal Shelter is a volunteer, nonprofit animal shelter dedicated to finding homes for homeless cats and dogs with responsible individuals. We rely on over 400 volunteers for their talent and the generosity of their time to accomplish this goal.

To become a CHA volunteer:

  1. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to work in the shelter.
  2. Volunteers between the ages of 14 & 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also a volunteer.
  3. Volunteers who are 16 & 17 years of age may volunteer independently with the signed consent of a parent or guardian.
  4. Adult volunteers are requested not to bring their young or non-volunteering children to the shelter when working.
  5. CHA does not honor court-mandated volunteering.

All cat caretaker shifts are currently full, please check back later.

Examples of volunteer opportunities at CHA Animal Shelter are:

In-shelter work

  • Care for and socialize with the animals

o    Volunteer Job Description – Cat Care Taker

o    Volunteer Job Description – Dog Care Taker

  • Assist with maintenance and upkeep of the shelter
  • Assist potential adopters with meeting the adoptable animals

Communications Committee Members
Do you have strong writing and/or design skills and want to help promote the mission of CHA Animal Shelter? We are actively recruiting volunteers to assist with writing, compiling, and designing CHA's monthly newsletter, The Tail Waggin' Times. We are also looking for volunteers with graphic design experience to create promotional items for shelter events and programs using Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva. If interested in helping, please email Kelsey@chaanimalshelter.org.

The Foster program is open to all in-shelter CHA volunteers who have attended a volunteer orientation and training or to those that have participated in a foster orientation. Foster orientations will only take place on the fifth Wednesday of the month and spots are limited. Fill out a foster application HERE.

IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE: CHA Animal Shelter rarely has the need for dog/puppy fosters but does regularly need cat/kitten fosters, especially during kitten season (typically April-October). While we are always looking for fosters for healthy kittens, we are also specifically looking for fosters that can take sick or bottle-feeding kittens or nursing moms with kittens. There will only be one available slot at each orientation for people who are interested in only fostering dogs/puppies as we just do not have the need. If you are interested in fostering dogs/puppies on a more regular basis than we can offer, we recommend reaching out to Speak for the UnspokenFranklin County Dog Shelter, or Columbus Humane.


  • Perform adoption follow-ups
  • Filing and paperwork
  • Data entry for animal records into PetPoint
  • Help with special events at the shelter


  • Plan and participate in fundraising functions
  • Contact businesses for donations of items or services
  • Spread the word to the public about our fundraising events!
  • Click HERE for our fundraising tips and toolkit
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