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

After a year of having to keep our doors shut to the public, we are excited to announce we are able to slowly start welcoming volunteers back to the shelter! To remain cautious of the pandemic, we are reopening the Volunteer Program on a minimal basis, with volunteers scheduled for assigned dog socialization shifts. Dog socialization shifts will consist of walking a dog for 1 hour on the Bear Creek Trail. If you would like to volunteer with CMHS, please fill out our Volunteer Application via the button below!
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer cat socialization shifts. Please check back with us in 2022 for any updates!
At this time, group volunteering is limited to a max of 8 participants per day. All group volunteer activities will take place outside, weather permitting. Each participant must be an approved volunteer and the orientation process must be completed prior to the group event date. If your group is interested in volunteering at the shelter, please email [email protected] for more information. 


  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of their time at CMHS. 
  • 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.
  • Complete the online orientation.
  • Support CMHS philosophies, policies and mission.

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.