We don't have a junior volunteer program at this time, though it's something we'd love to have in the future. We are unable to accept people under 18 years of age for most of our volunteer positions, but there are still many ways a kid or a teen can make a significant contribution:
Run a donation drive: Kids do these all the time and they're extremely appreciated. Or you can have your birthday party benefit the shelter animals. You can ask your guests to bring food and toys for homeless cats and dogs instead of presents for you, and then bring them to the shelter. It's a big treat all by itself knowing that your birthday party helped feed a cat or dog who is waiting to find a loving home. Check out our wishlist for a list of items we need.
Run a fundraiser: Consider doing a bake sale, yard sale, coin collection, lemonade or hot chocolate stand, or some other creative way of raising funds to benefit the animals. We strongly encourage donating any proceeds to FOBCAS rather than BCAS directly, because FOBCAS can be more flexible with charitable spending than the shelter can.
Craft Workshops: Attend one of our crafty workshops, which teach you how to create things like cat and dog toys, cat beds, and more!
Help at Events: We may be able to use your help with upcoming events that we participate in, with setup, talking to visitors about volunteering and adoption, handing out educational materials, and more.
Foster a Pet: With parental permission, provide a temporary home for a cat, kitten, or dog until they can find their forever home.
Help Our Cat Rescue Partners: Help take care of rescued cats at local pet adoption centers with our partner organizations.
Tell your family, friends, neighbors and community about our programs and the shelter. Encourage your friends to adopt a pet from the shelter rather than buying one from a pet store, or to come volunteer with us.
Schedule a class or group tour of the shelter and get a first-hand look at the adoptable pets and what the shelter does.