Please complete this application if you are interested in becoming a Castaway Animals Rescue Effort (Springfield, MO) volunteer. The application will take approximately 5 minutes, and must be completed in its entirety. We encourage you to review the C.A.R.E. volunteer handbook before applying: Once you complete this form, click the Continue button at the bottom. Thank you for your interest in helping our shelter!

*NOTE: Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Volunteers aged 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian that is also a volunteer at all times. Both the minor and parent/guardian must complete a separate application.

Name and Contact Information


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer. Please select all times that would work with your typical schedule. (note: volunteers may volunteer up to four hours per week at the Adoption Center)

About Me

Tell us about yourself! By answering these questions, we will be able to get to know you better and match you with the best available opportunities.

Emergency Contact

Volunteer Mentor Session

All prospective volunteers must attend a volunteer mentor session in their first volunteer shift to learn from an experienced volunteer or staff member. Please select which upcoming volunteer mentor session(s) you plan to attend. (note: if you intend to sign up for shifts on both the dog and cat sides, you will need to attend mentor sessions on both sides)

Contact Details

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email; however, we will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.

VicNet Details

VicNet is C.A.R.E.'s online volunteer platform, which can be used to view and edit your volunteer information and adjust your volunteer schedule.

C.A.R.E. Volunteer Acknowledgement

I understand that I must attend a volunteer orientation and sign C.A.R.E.'s liability waivers before volunteering. I have read and agree to the policies in C.A.R.E.'s Volunteer Handbook.

C.A.R.E. volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer unaccompanied. Volunteers aged 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also an approved volunteer at all times. C.A.R.E. volunteers provide services in a variety of ways which may include working at our adoption center located at 1328 West Sunshine Street, assisting in mobile adoptions at an offsite location, or helping with fundraising efforts.

I understand that any animal may be unpredictable and may respond in different ways to human interactions. I understand that there are always risks involved when handling animals. I understand that C.A.R.E. nor its representatives are responsible for any illness or injury caused by any animals I come into contact with during volunteer work. *IT IS OUR RECOMMENDATION THAT YOUR TETANUS VACCINATION IS UP TO DATE BEFORE YOU BEGIN VOLUNTEERING*. I agree to hold harmless and release from liability C.A.R.E. should I become sick or injured as a result of my volunteer work.