The Charleston Animal Society generally requires all volunteers to be 18 years or older. However, we are excited to be able to extend an opportunity to teenagers, 14 to 17, interested in volunteering! We have created a program to educate highly motivated and mature students on all the ins and outs of volunteering at the shelter. After completing this program successfully, students will be able to take on the important responsibility of working with shelter animals unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
This program is offered from October through March.
Classes meet twice a month, unless otherwise stated in schedule.
Classes are from 3-5 pm Sunday afternoons.
Attendance to all animal handling meetings are required. Sorry, no “make-ups”.
The program fee is $250 per participant. Refunds will not be available to participants unable to complete the program. Program fees help offset the cost associated with staffing, materials, and shirt provided.
Passing of written tests & hands-on demonstration of safe animal handling
Note: Attendance alone does not constitute graduation. All requirements above must be met in order to become a volunteer. After graduation, students must volunteer regularly to maintain the privilege of volunteering.
Program Dates 2021-2022:
Sunday, October 10th Orientation
Sunday, October 31st
Sunday, November 14th *Mandatory Session
Sunday, December 12th
Sunday, January 9th *Mandatory Session
Sunday, January 23rd
Sunday, February 13th
OPTIONAL Monday, February 21st, 10am-12pm *Surgery Day
Sunday, March 13th
Sunday, March 27th Presentations/Graduation
To safely hold in-person shelter programs this fall, we have made the below adjustments:
Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises.
Keeping class sizes smaller than previous years, and keeping participants socially distanced when possible.
Promoting healthy hygiene practices through providing hand sanitizer and allowing additional breaks for hand washing.
Requesting that unvaccinated staff and participants wear a cloth face covering when indoors and in times when physical distancing is difficult. Participants will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors.
Vaccinated youth who provide proof of vaccination will not be required to wear face coverings.
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