Completing Community Service

CPHS welcomes people of all ages to fulfill their community service requirements in our shelter. Community service hours are from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM every day of the year and consist exclusively of our morning cleaning tasks. Community service volunteers clean kennels and cages, replace bedding, feed animals, do laundry and dishes, and provide our residents with a sanitary, dignified place to live.

Attending a volunteer orientation is not required in order to complete community service hours at CPHS. However, if our morning hours pose a schedule conflict, other arrangements that require training may be made. To set up hours for community service, please contact Laura Conrad, Volunteer Coordinator, at least 24 hours before your intended shift, at (814) 942-5402, ext. 102, or cphsvolunteer@gmail.com

Volunteer Restrictions

While attending a volunteer orientation is not required, community service volunteers who have not successfully completed CPHS’s Dog Walking course are not permitted to handle our adoptable dogs. This is for the safety of the community service volunteer, our staff members overseeing them, and our canine residents.

Community service volunteers may be asked to handle adoptable cats deemed easy to handle. This will be done so under the supervision of a staff member or trained cleaning volunteer.

In the event that an alternate community service assignment is given, community service volunteers will be asked to represent CPHS in a positive light during any event they are working. Volunteers will be supervised carefully by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Community Service for Probation

CPHS is happy to provide an environment for adults performing community service as part of their probation, so long as the offense was in no way related to animal cruelty. The hours for probation volunteers are limited to 8:30 AM-12:30 PM every day of the year.

Probation volunteers will assist in the kennel and cage cleaning process, help with laundry and dishes, and prepare the shelter for opening hours. While no orientation is needed for probation volunteers, they must contact Laura Conrad, Volunteer Coordinator, at (814) 942-5402, ext. 102, or cphsvolunteer@gmail.com, in order to arrange their start date.

Any paperwork that needs signed must be signed by the Team Leader on duty or the Volunteer Coordinator. Probation volunteers are expected to follow the same rules regarding work ethic, smoke breaks, and the dignified treatment of animals that are followed by our staff. Unless the volunteer has successfully completed CPHS’s Dog Walking course, they are not permitted to handle resident dogs, but they may be asked to handle some of our friendly cats under supervision.