Ways to Help


CCHS has over 800 animals travel through its doors each year. We couldn’t give the support the animals receive without our strong network of volunteers. There are many ways that individuals, like you, can change the life of one less fortunate dog or cat. You can help us today by assisting with any of the following activities.

Volunteering at CCHS is easy! Typically, volunteers come in during our open hours and play with cats or walk dogs (dog walking ends 1/2 hour before we close). Sometimes small groups like to help us with cleaning or other projects, which we can set up in advance. Other volunteering opportunities do present themselves at times and we will post them on our Facebook page and/or on the front counter asking for help.

When you first come to the shelter, we will have you fill out a liability form. Every time  you visit us, you will need to sign in at the front counter and you will be ready to go!

Children under 18 will need a parent/guardian to fill out the liability form. Children under 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and children under 16 cannot hold a leash during dog walking.

If you are over 18, please print out our Adult Liability Form

If you are under 18, please print out our Youth Liability Form

Ways to Help

Copper Country Humane Society (CCHS) is part of the  Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice® program. By directing Choice Dollars® , eligible Thrivent members can recommend that CCHS receive charitable funding from Thrivent. If you have Choice Dollars available please consider directing them to CCHS.  We plan to use Thrivent Choice funding to care for the animals at the CCHS shelter. To learn more about Thrivent Choice, visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice. Or call Thrivent at 800-847-4836, and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted.  Thank you for your support!

For more information:


Our Wish List

Priority Needs

  • Cat litter – clumping and non-clumping are great!
  • Pine Pellets (for cat litter boxes)
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Liquid Fabric Softener
  • Bleach
  • Copy Paper – White or Colored

General Needs

  • Toilet Paper
  • Dish Soap
  • Hand Soap/Sanitizer
  • Office Supplies
  • Durable Dog Toys
  • Cat Toys
  • Gift Cards for Wal-Mart, Shopko, Econo, Pat’s Foods, Amazon, Online Pet Stores (e.g. Chewy), etc.

Things You May Have At Home

  • Old blankets, towels, sheets for animal bedding
  • Econo Foods receipts

Our Amazon wishlist can be found here: http://a.co/eCUYdN2

Large Group Opportunities

We really appreciate groups who are interested in coming to the shelter to visit the animals and help out. We recognize that it can be great for children who do not have pets, college students who miss their pets, and can present a great opportunity for groups looking to do some volunteering. Unfortunately when there are very large groups, it causes a lot of stress for our animals and can scare away potential adopters. To help make things easier for everyone we would like anyone coming in with a group to fill out a CCHS Group Visit Request. We love having visitors, but we also need to keep the animals’ stress levels in mind, as well as make sure we are not scaring away potential adopters. We are happy to work with you, but you will need to fill the form out ahead of time to ensure we have time to go through it and set something up with you. You can find the form here: https://forms.gle/1eQxubUv6MiPJGjKA

If you are looking to do something other than walk dogs and socialize cats we also have projects we sometimes need help with too like: raking leaves in the fall and various other yard work, returning cans/bottles, extra cleaning at times, etc. We also have a list of ideas for fundraisers if your group is interested in something like that. Donation drives are also super helpful, though it is a good idea to contact the shelter ahead of time to check on what we might be in need of. Making toys, scratching posts, and other things for the shelter animals is also another fun group activity. Contact the shelter if your group is interested in helping out CCHS.


Money and supplies are the necessities of shelter life. If you want to help with our fundraising activities, please keep an eye on our event page and let us know if you want to help out. If you have fundraising ideas or are a group that would like to do a supply drive, please contact us! We are always looking for new ideas and people willing to help out.

Say Cheese!

Having great photos is amazing and helps us really show off our cute canines and felines. If you have a camera or can take good photos with your phone, we’d love to get your pics! You can upload them to our Facebook page or email them to manager@cchumanesociety.com.

Cleaning is Fun!

If you feel like doing some cleaning talk to the staff during our open hours! Animals are fun, but they sure can be messy. We’d love for you to help out. Keep in mind sometimes we have community service workers, so we do not always need extra help.

Show Them Some Love

Socializing and comforting scared, stressed animals or even the ones that are super friendly is vital to their quality of life and adoptability. We love when our volunteers spend one-on-one time with our dogs and cats. Many times we get dogs and cats that have shut down or are extremely timid and need some love and attention to learn that people are good.

Point A to Point B

Have car, will travel? Dogs and cats are often in need of medical attention and need transport to the vet for surgeries and drop off appointments. If you are able and willing to bring animals to or from the vet, please let us know!

Strut that mutt!

Walking dogs and helping them learn leash manners is rewarding and fun for both the volunteer and the dogs. Added bonus: the trails surrounding the shelter are beautiful!

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