How to get started

Becoming a CPHS Volunteer

Beginning as a volunteer can seem like a daunting task. We at CPHS aim to help you transition seamlessly into your role, whatever your volunteer interests may be. From your initial Volunteer Orientation to your one-on-one training in areas like Dog Walking, Cat Socialization, or Office Assistance, our staff and your fellow volunteers will support you every step of the way until you feel comfortable calling yourself a CPHS volunteer!

Steps to Volunteering

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    Fill out and submit a volunteer application.

    Applications are available online and at the front desk in CPHS’s dog area. This application can also be filled out at your orientation.

    Volunteer Application

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    Attend orientation and review the volunteer manual.

    Orientation provides volunteers with information on CPHS policies and procedures related to working with our resident animals. Orientations are held twice a month. One-on-one orientations can be scheduled for those who cannot make the orientation dates.

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    Attend your hands-on orientation.

    After deciding which area of volunteering interests you, schedule your hands on orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator. This orientation provides in depth information about the hands on aspects of CPHS volunteering. Once successfully completed, you are free to volunteer on your own.

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    Need More Information?

    For more information contact Bri Risbon, Volunteer Coordinator, at (814) 942-5402, ext 102, or

Volunteer Orientation Dates

To find out when our next Volunteer Orientation is please call us (814) 942-5042 and hit the prompt for volunteering.

All orientations are held in the administrative building that sits above the shelter on the left hand side. Just follow the signs!

In the event of a cancellation, those who have RSVP’d will be contacted directly. A notice will also be posted on this page, as well as our Facebook and Twitter.

Finding it hard to make our scheduled orientations? Contact Bri at to find a time that works for you.