the volunteer process


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Central Missouri Humane Society! CMHS is proud to have an extensive Volunteer Program with multiple opportunities available every day of the week.

*Please note that if you are needing court-ordered community service hours, that is a separate program. Click here to learn more about court-ordered community service at CMHS.



  • Must be minimum of 18 years of age, or have a parent/legal guardian present for the duration of their time at CMHS if between 10-17 years of age. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate children under the age of 10 years at this time.
  • Must have a mature & respectful attitude towards staff, the public & animal residents at all times
  • Have an interest in helping animals become successful pets
  • Have a working email
  • Complete volunteer assessment and attend the in-person orientation
  • Must wear closed toe shoes & appropriate clothing for handling animals

Volunteer Opportunities at CMHS

  • Coordinating off-site donation drives
  • Collecting donations from various businesses around Columbia
  • Handle & transport animals for events (this will be in the volunteer's personal vehicle)
  • Doggy Day Out (DDO)
  • Dog walking on the Bear Creek Trail
  • Dog kennel assistant
  • Assist the behavior team with our Pawsitive Support Program (PSP)
  • Playgroud assistant
  • Pawsitive Support Program dog training
  • Pawsitive Support Program medication assistant
  • Cat socialization*
    • *Cat socialization opportunities are limited and based on population and needs of resident kitties at CMHS. If you are only interested in working with cats, please consider fostering!

Questions? Email our volunteer coordinator at [email protected]

Volunteer Application
Every year from December 15th - March 1st, CMHS will stop taking volunteer applications due to the cold winter weather and the lack of inside space available for volunteering. If you'd still like to be involved with CMHS at that time, please consider assisting our community service program to help out staff with various tasks around the shelter. Alternatively, check out our core and short term foster programs!