Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS)!

To learn more about providing temporary housing to our shelter animals, visit the Animal Foster Programs page. For all other CCAS volunteer opportunities, follow the instructions below to get started.

1. First, please review the Volunteer Opportunities available at CCAS.

2. Next, submit an online Volunteer Application. You will be asked to select a date for your Day One training session, either online via Zoom, or in person at the Martinez shelter. Online training sessions are offered every 4th Wednesday of the month, from 2pm - 4pm via Zoom. In-person training sessions are offered every 4th Saturday, from 10:30am – 12:30pm in Martinez. Space for both online and in-person Day One training is limited. Due to changing Covid-19 recommendations, in-person training sessions are subject to cancellation. 

3. Review the CCAS Volunteer Manual(PDF), and have the following signed and/or ready to submit on the day of your scheduled Day One Training:

  • Pg 20 - Acknowledgement form
  • Pg 24 - County Volunteer Registration (do not include SSN)
  • Pg 26 – County Auto Insurance Declaration page
  • Pg 31 – County Internet Usage Agreement 
  • Provide a copy of your current CA Driver’s License or ID
  • Provide a copy of your current Vehicle Insurance policy and/or insurance card
  • Provide proof of Covid vaccination

4. Attend Day One Training, which provides the foundation for all shelter
volunteer positions. 

5. Prospective dog and cat volunteers are assigned independent learning material, including an online Fear Free Sheltering certification. This free, 5 hour self-paced program empowers volunteers to apply key strategies and techniques designed to reduce the negative emotional states that are commonly experienced by shelter and rescue animals – including fear, anxiety, stress, and frustration – and increase their enrichment opportunities.    

6. All prospective volunteers will complete one or more hands-on training sessions with an experienced “Mentor” volunteer or staff member. The amount of training required varies, depending upon the assignment.

7. Once the training sessions are complete and the new volunteer has demonstrated their ability to perform the tasks at hand, they are scheduled for an ongoing, reoccurring shift,and they begin their role in the assignment of their choosing!