OCHS relies heavily on volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer and a variety of skills and talents are always in need. Volunteer interest forms may be found online, at the shelter and at our Thrift Shop on Bay Street. When the completed application has been received, the prospective volunteer will be contacted for an interview. Once the applicant has been accepted into our volunteer program, the staff will conduct initial training for the specific area the volunteer has been assigned to. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation that will be held at a later date.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Roles

We welcome volunteers of any age
The following are just some of the tasks needing volunteer help.

Animal Shelter

Our shelter depends on volunteers to assist the staff with the daily needs of our animals.

  • Cat and Kitten Area Cleaning
  • Cat and Kitten Socialization
  • Dog Kennel Cleaning
  • Dog Walkers / Socializing
  • Office Tasks
  • Spay/Neuter Recovery
  • Animal Transport
  • Foster Care Homes

Thrift Shop

Our store on Bay Street provides the major support for our organization and our animals.

  • Cashier
  • Receive and Sort goods
  • Moving and Arranging Merchandise
  • Pickup and Delivery

Other Areas

Beyond the Shelter and Thrift Shop, we have other areas where volunteers are needed. Here are some examples.

  • Hot Dog / Hamburger Monthly BBQ
  • Christmas Store
  • Annual Gala
  • Bottle Collection and Drop
  • Landscape and Maintenance
  • Grant Writing
  • Other Events
  • Publicity and Promoting
  • Photography
  • Social media
  • IT to Computer Programming
  • Graphic Design
  • Website Management
  • Writing Blogs

Adult Volunteers

We are always in need of dedicated and committed volunteers who want to support our organization. Adult volunteers must be 18 years of age. A minimum commitment of 8 hours per month is requested and the intent to serve for at least 6 months.

We believe that it is important for all of our volunteers to understand how our organization runs and how we support each other in our mission to save our animals. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities [please click here]

Young Adult Volunteers (16 to 18 years old)

Young people, over the age of 16 but not older than 18 years of age, may volunteer without a parent or guardian in attendance. It is our hope & expectation that the Young Adult volunteer can donate 8 hours a month, and commit to volunteer for at least 6 months.

The young adult volunteer must complete and submit a Volunteer Application with his/her parent or guardian co-signing the Volunteer Application & Waiver.

Youth Volunteers (under 16)

Youth volunteers are under the age of 16 and must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian while they are volunteering. The youth volunteer must complete a Volunteer Application, and the volunteer’s parent or guardian must also complete a Volunteer Application & Waiver.

We ask that the youth volunteer donate a minimum of 3 hours a month, and commit to volunteer for at least 6 months.


Foster Care Program


Foster homes help alleviate stress on the shelter’s capacity, staff and resources and can provide invaluable information about an animal’s temperament and training, making it easier to match the animal with an appropriate adoptive home.

Foster homes provide temporary care for pregnant animals, their newborn offspring until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered, animals who are recovering from an illness, injury or surgery, special needs animals such as diabetics, cats with FIV, etc., animals who are so shy or traumatized that they need to receive extra attention in a quiet, low stress environment and small dogs when foster homes are available.

Hospice care providers are a special group of foster volunteers who give end-of-life care for terminally ill shelter animals. Hospice is for animals diagnosed by a veterinarian with a life-limiting, non-contagious illness. While these animals are not in pain and their symptoms can be appropriately managed, their medical condition and poor prognosis, limit their chances for adoption. Hospice foster care provides an opportunity for them to comfortably spend their final days, living in dignity and comfort.

The shelter will provide food, crate, litter pan, collar, leash, harness and record forms. Medical care includes worming, vaccinations, flea treatments, spay/neuter services, routine medical treatments and contacts for emergency medical treatment.

All animals in foster care will be reviewed by the shelter veterinarian on a regular basis. During these visits, the animal will be evaluated for general improvement and growth. The intervals of the reviews will be determined by the shelter veterinarian. Foster care providers are required to keep records on the progress of their foster animal and of procedures done at home such as worming and flea treatments.

Potential foster care providers will be required to complete volunteer and foster applications and attend a volunteer orientation session. They will need to provide proof that their own animals have been altered and have current vaccinations.

Click here to fill out the Volunteer Application

Click here to fill out the Foster Care Application