CCA relies on volunteers in nearly every aspect of our work in the Upstate. Volunteer support is needed at our shelter, administrative office and thrift store as well as with our feral cat colony program and at special events. Regardless of your schedule and interests, we have an opportunity for you to share your talent with us and our animals!

To get started, complete the Volunteer Application and email it to us at  


shelter support

Dependable, enthusiastic volunteers are always in demand to assist at the shelter on Sunday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Volunteer activities include dog walking and dog/cat socialization support, cleanings, feeding, and watering as well as facility support through minor maintenance and landscaping activities.

Due to the interactions with our animals, we require that minors volunteering with our dogs be at least 16 years old (with parental consent) and minors volunteering with our cats be at least 12 years old (and accompanied by a parent). Orientation and training are required for all new volunteers.


Not ready to adopt? Please consider fostering! Whether an animal is undergoing medical treatment, needs extra socialization or has another need, sometimes foster homes are the best environment for our animals. We are always looking for safe and caring foster homes! If you are interested, please complete the Foster Application.    


community cat colony program support

CCA provides aid in stabilizing community (feral) cat colonies through a Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) process that helps control breeding among colony members. Volunteer support is critical for these activities, including setting, monitoring and transporting traps; transporting cats to and from veterinary clinics, and providing a “holding area” (such as a garage) where the cats can be kept prior to re-release into their colony. Training is required.



second chances thrift shop support

There are several opportunities to support the Second Chances Thrift Shop in Greenville. This includes customer support, cleaning and donation processing and restocking shelves.

Thrift store volunteers must be over the age of 16.




donation collection

Oftentimes, our generous supporters donate items for our shelter and thrift store but do not have a means to transport the item(s) to our locations. We have a need for volunteers who are able to transport donations from donors to the thrift store or shelter during the week.


special events

CCA frequently participates in special events across the Upstate focused on animal welfare and adoptions. These events are targeted primarily towards community outreach and fundraising. We also often attend adoption events with our resident dogs and cats in hopes of finding them forever homes. Volunteers are needed to help staff these events by providing set-up or tear-down support, animal transport and care at the event and community education.

Most events are for volunteers over the age of 16. However, there are occasional opportunities for minors over the age of 12 to participate with parental supervision.


Skilled and Trade Volunteers

Do you have a skilled trade? Are you a landscaper, plumber, carpenter, roofer or electrician? Trade skills are in high demand at our shelter and thrift store. Or, do you have a professional expertise, such as photography, design or communications, from which CCA could benefit? If so, we would like to hear from you!