"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ Ghandi

Are you interested in volunteering? CPAA and its member rescue groups are always in need volunteers, as well as foster and forever homes.

Please consider volunteering — there are so many ways you can volunteer, that everyone can find their place as a CPAA volunteer! As a volunteer, you can make a difference in the lives of homeless and unwanted animals. No commitment of time is too small.

We are looking for responsible, committed volunteers who are willing to help plan, organize, and participate in events and fundraisers ... volunteers to share their ideas and talents ... volunteers who truly love and care about the well-being of animals in need.

If you would like to be a part of the CPAA volunteer team, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate your interest and let us know which areas you're most interested in helping with.

Volunteer Opportunities


Assist our member organizations in transporting animals to adoption events, or get to know the pets available for adoption and give information to the public on the pets. You can offer to walk the dogs at the events or help with paperwork. This requires only a few hours per month.

Cat Volunteer
Are you the type of person who loves the silliness of kittens or the pleasure of a warm lap from a napping cat? If so, you may like to help CPAA member rescues socialize and care for cats and kittens in their adoption programs. Playing with the kitties is a great benefit to helping with basic care such as cleaning litter boxes, washing blankets, and dispensing food.

De-Sex in the City and Trap/Neuter/Release Clinics
The importance of spaying and neutering cannot be stressed enough and a very important way to see that this happens is through CPAA's De-Sex in the City and TNR programs sponsored by CPAA and member rescues. These clinics require a lot of volunteer power to be successful. We need people to transport animals to and from the clinics, as well as basic animal caregivers who may help clean ears, apply flea preventive, or offer their training in the animal medical field. These clinics offer a unique perspective on the plight of the stray, feral, or abandoned animals. This is hard work, but extremely satisfying!

Dog Volunteer
Are you a "dog person?" If so, you might be interested in providing shelter/rescue dogs with love, companionship, attention, exercise, and training. You can walk and socialize the dogs or teach basic obedience skills that will help the dogs find a home more quickly and stand them in good stead throughout their life.

Compassion with Fashion Show Fundraiser
This is one of CPAA's largest annual fundraisers, held at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey at the end of April or early May.  Dogs and cats available for adoption are featured in a fashion show showcasing Spring fashions and accessories from local boutiques.  We always need help staffing the event, gathering donations, and setting up for the event.

Foster Parenting
Open your home and heart to an animal that needs a place to live and learn until they can be placed in a permanent loving home. Being a foster parent isn't always easy. Taking animals into your home, loving them, and then letting them go requires a very particular kind of ability. Every day, animals don't make it into a new home simply because there isn't room in shelters or rescues to take them all. Foster homes offer a life-saving alternative to a sad situation. If you or someone you know is interested in providing a temporary home to a homeless dog or cat, please check out our Fostering information.  The rescue pays ALL expenses for the foster dog or cat--all you provide is a loving, indoor, safe home. 

Home Visits
Rescues need assistance processing adoption applications and conducting home visits to make sure the home and the animal are a good match.  You get to meet people interested in adopting an animal and make sure the adoptable animals will be placed in secure, loving homes.

Hounds of Prison Education (HOPE) Program
The HOPE Program works with the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill to provide temporary foster care and intensive training for homeless dogs from our network of rescue partners. This is a wonderful program that thrives on volunteer support for "Meet and Greet" events in the community, as well as supplemental training exercises for the dogs participating in the program.

This event is our largest adoption and awareness event, and involves many volunteers with a wide variety of skills and talents. Our needs are extensive -- from advertising to fundraising -- to letter campaigns to graphic design -- and much, much more. This event takes place in late September and we would love to have your help. Want to work hard while having fun along the river on a Fall Sunday? We could sure use your help at our huge WoofStock festival in September!

Other Ways to Help
Do you have special skills, talents, ideas or hobbies not listed above? Do you sew? Bake? Write?

Or would you just like to help out here and there? Just let us know!

As you can see, there are many, many ways that CPAA volunteers help.