Interested in volunteering? We can't wait to meet you!

With over 3,000 animals entering the shelter each year, volunteers are a vital resource. CMHS encourages the participation of volunteers who support the CMHS mission: to create a fulfilling and mutually beneficial experience between volunteers and animal residents while also advocating for shelter animal adoption and successful pet ownership.


  • You need to be at least 16 years old. If under 16, you can still help out as a Junior Volunteer (see below)!
  • Have an interest in helping animals become successful pets.
  • Have a mature and respectful attitude towards staff, the public and animal residents at all times.
  • Have a working email or other means of communication.
  • Support CMHS philosophies, policies and mission.

Choose your volunteer opportunity to learn more and get started!

CMHS Volunteers

Help us care for the animals at the shelter by joining our volunteer program! Start by clicking the link below.

Junior Volunteers

Kids ages 8 - 15 can volunteer with a parent that has been approved to volunteer. Kids can also volunteer by reading to pets!

Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinator at [email protected] or 573 443 7387 ex. 211.

Please note:

*We cannot accommodate volunteers with criminal records that include felony drug offenses, any charges involved with theft, abuse or cruelty to animals.