STEPS Program

Are you interested in volunteering for the Capital Area Humane Society?

Not only will you learn about animals and get lots of licks and tail wags, but you will also meet others who share similar interests.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Dog Care
  • Dog Training
  • Cat Care
  • Rabbit Care
  • Greeting
  • Administrative Assistance
  • Special Events
  • And more!

Completion of our Skills Training, Engagement and Practice for Success (STEPS) program is required to become a regular volunteer with the Capital Area Humane Society.  Designed for adults and students ages 12 and up, STEPS consists of 21 hours of classroom, clinic and mentored learning about the fundamentals of caring for animals as well as the mission and philosophies of the Capital Area Humane Society.  Applications for STEPS are available by clicking on the link below or you can pick one up at the shelter.  These are competitive applications and space is limited, so submitting an application does not automatically mean you are in the class. 
The STEPS program is proudly sponsored by Schoedinger Pet Services.  Thanks to their support, each STEPS class participant receives a training manual, volunteer t-shirt and photo ID badge.  We ask all incoming volunteers to make a one-time mission investment of $30.  All participants choose a program area to receive their personal investment.


Applications (students age 12-15 must have an adult also fill out an application as well as waiver for their student and attend all sessions and volunteer with them.  Students 16-17 must have parent or guardian fill out waiver.)

2017 STEPS Volunteer Application (parent/guardian also needs to fill one out for those ages 12-15)

Junior Volunteer Waiver Release (for all students under 18 years old, print out, have signed and fax or scan/email prior to first class)

Volunteer Information Center (login for current volunteers)


Class dates (must attend all class sessions):

Please note:  due to the water damage in our training hall, STEPS classes may be relocated or postponed.  Stay tuned for information as it becomes available.
Thursdays (4-8pm) May 11, 18, 25, June 1  THIS CLASS IS FULL

Saturdays (9am-1pm) July 8, 15, 22, 29

Thursdays (4-8pm) August 17, 24, 31, Sept 7

Saturdays (9am-1pm) Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14

Thursdays (4-8pm) Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16

Are you interested in helping the Capital Area Humane Society just once? 

If you are part of an organization or business that would like to set up a "one time" volunteer experience, please complete and submit the following form with preferred date and time slot:

One-time group volunteer request form

These are the dates for volunteering in 2017 with time slots of 10:00am-12noon, 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm:

May 5
June 6  FULL
July 7  FULL
August 1
September 1
October 3
November 3
December 5


If you are looking for ideas for children who are too young to volunteer in our STEPS program, click here.

For more information about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Office by email or by phone at (614)777-7387 ext. 249.

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Animal Support Center

Admission services by appointment only
Same-day appointments may be available
(614) 777-7387 ext. 208

Phone (614) 777-7387
  Fax (614) 777-8449
3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct
Hilliard, OH 43026
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