Volunteer Opportunities

All of our volunteer tasks are described below, including locations, schedules, and special requirements. There are volunteer opportunities every day of the week at our Holding Center and Adoption Center.

To begin volunteering, you must attend the New Volunteer Orientation. Depending on which task(s) you choose, additional training may be required (see training schedule).

Cat/Kitten tasks

Cat Butlers (Adoption Center)
Clean the cat areas in the morning. In the adult cat rooms, they scoop litter boxes; sweep cubbies; sweep the floors; provide clean laundry, and general cleaning. In the kitten room, they clean each kennel.
– Schedule: Daily 9-11am (or earlier)
– Adult/Youth Team 1:2 ratio

Cat Cage Butlers (Adoption Center)
Clean kennels in the Grooming and Treatment Rooms. Take cat out of kennel, clean, scoop litter boxes, replenish water and food and lines, return cat to kennel, then repeat for next kennel.
– Schedule: Daily 9-11am (or earlier)
– Adults only

Cat Cage Butlers (Holding Center)
Clean kennels in the Cat Room – remove items from kennel; spray with disinfectant and wipe out kennel; change litterboxes, newspaper, linens, and toys; provide fresh food and water. Handwash plastic toys, litterboxes, and bowls as needed. Spend time socializing with the cats in kennels or play pen.
– Schedule: Daily 9-11am
– Adult/Youth Team 1:1 ratio
– Holding Center Training required

Grooming Room Keeper (Adoption Center)
Clean kennels in the Grooming Room. Take cat out of kennel, clean, scoop litter boxes, replenish water and food and lines, return cat to kennel, then repeat for next kennel.
– Schedule: Daily 6:30-8:30pm
– Adults only

Kitten Room Keepers (Adoption Center)
Clean kennels (scooping, feeding, water) in the Kitten Room. Take each group of kittens out (one kennel at a time), clean kennel, freshen water and food if needed, put kitten(s) back, then repeat for next kennel.
– Schedule: Monday (8-9pm), Tuesday through Sunday (6-8pm)
– Adult/Youth Team 1:2 ratio

Cat & Kitten Matchmakers (Adoption Center)
Matchmakers are responsible for managing the public access to animals. Matchmakers are expected to become knowledgeable about the pets in their areas and help potential adopters get to know the pets they might be interested in. They supervise visitors in the rooms and manage overcrowding or handling of anxious cats. If visitors are interested in adopting, Matchmakers direct them to Adoption Counselors. Assist with cleaning if needed.
– Schedule: Sunday (1-3pm, 3-6pm), Monday (1-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-8pm), Tuesday through Saturday (11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-6pm)
– Adult/Youth Team 1:2 ratio
– Cat Matchmaker Training required

Dog/Puppy tasks

Dog Butlers (Adoption Center)
Take the dogs out into the play yards for exercise and nature calls. Clean up after the dogs outside and inside. Make sure every dog has fun and is well-behaved, focusing on positive reinforcement.
– Schedule: Daily 7-9am*, 11am-1pm, 4-6pm*, 8-9pm
* These shifts include putting dogs in crates for feeding time
– Adult/Youth Team 1:1 ratio – Adult must handle leashed dog.
– Dog Handling and Dog Butler training required. Shadow session recommended.

Canine Housekeepers (Adoption Center)
Clean the dog bedrooms while the dogs are outside. Can spend time with dogs outside when rooms are cleaned.
– Schedule: Daily 7-9am, 11am-1pm, 4-6pm, 8-9pm
– Adult/Youth Team 1:1 ratio
– Canine Housekeeper training required.

Dog Walkers (Holding Center)
Give extra attention and enrichment to the dogs by taking them out for walks or play time in the yards.
– Schedule: Daily 10am-12:30pm, 2-5pm
– Adult/Youth Team – Adult must maintain control of the dog at all times.
– Holding Center training required.

Kennel Keeper (Holding Center)
Clean puppy and dog kennels – set up clean kennel with fresh water, clean linens, and toys, move puppies and dogs to clean kennels; clean soiled kennels.
– Schedule: Daily 9am-12pm
– Adults only
– Holding Center training required.

Dog Matchmakers (Adoption Center)
Matchmakers are responsible for managing the public access to animals. Matchmakers are expected to become knowledgeable about the pets in their areas and help potential adopters get to know the pets they might be interested in. Coordinate pet visits with potential adopters in dog bedrooms, visit rooms, and/or play yards. If visitors are interested in adopting, Matchmakers direct them to Adoption Counselors. Assist with cleaning if needed.
– Schedule: Sunday (1-3pm, 3-5pm), Monday (1-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-8pm), Tuesday through Saturday (11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-6pm)
– Adults only
– Dog Handling and Puppy/Dog Matchmaker training required. Shadow session recommended.

Super Scrubbers (Adoption Center)
Deep cleaning of dog bedrooms (scrub the floors and walls). Small groups welcome (up to 6 people).
– Schedule: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9-11am
– Adult/Youth Team 1:1 ratio

Puppy Butlers (Adoption Center)
Clean and sanitize the puppy tubs. Bend over short tub walls to pick up soiled newspaper, mop, provide water and food. This is an excellent task for Adult/Youth teams because the youth can entertain the puppies while the adult is cleaning the tubs.
– Schedule: Daily 8-9am and 7:30-9pm, plus an extra shift (11am-1pm) on Sundays and Mondays
– Adult/Youth Team 1:2 ratio

Puppy Matchmakers (Adoption Center)
Matchmakers are expected to become knowledgeable about the pets in their areas and help potential adopters get to know the pets they might be interested in. If visitors are interested in adopting, Matchmakers direct them to Adoption Counselors. Assist with cleaning if needed.
– Schedule: Sunday (1-3pm, 3-5pm), Monday (1-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-8pm), Tuesday through Saturday (11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-6pm)
– Adult/Youth Team 1:2 ratio
– Puppy Matchmaker training required.

 

Small Critters

Bunny Buddy (Adoption Center)
Clean cages for rabbits and small animals (guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.). Entertain, exercise and socialize the animals. Learn about the animals to promote them to visitors, and direct interested adopters to Adoption Counselors.
– Schedule: Daily; mid-morning and late afternoon shifts
– Adult/Youth Team 1:2 ratio
– Bunny Buddy training required.

 

Other Opportunities

Administrative Assistance (Adoption Center & Holding Center)
Help with various office needs such as envelope stuffing, data entry, filing, and metering postage.

Events (locations vary)
Help with special events including the K9-3K Dog Walk, Fur Ball, and other fundraising or promotional events.

Facilities Friend/Laundry (Adoption Center & Holding Center)
Wash, dry, fold blankets and towels. Requires handling soiled items. Toys are washed in the machine and air-dried. Follow directions for the bleach and soap ratio posted in the laundry room. Wash windows in the adoption areas and other basic cleaning as requested.
– Schedule (Adoption Center): Daily 8am-12pm, 12-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-9pm
– Schedule (Holding Center): Daily 10am-12pm, 1-4pm

Food Barrel (locations vary) – Volunteer needs currently filled
Collect donations of pet food and supplies from participating stores and deliver to SPCA. Stack items on assigned shelving. Record number of donated items and submit with delivery.

Medical (Adoption Center & Holding Center)
Give daily, prescribed medications to the dogs and cats. Should have prior experience working in a veterinary program and giving oral medications to cats and dogs.
– Schedule (Adoption Center): Daily; any time between 7-10am and 6-7pm
– Schedule (Holding Center): Daily 9-11am
– Training required (by appointment).

Recycling
Load cardboard and other recyclables in your vehicle and take to a recycling location (Location #4 at 3600 Yates Mill Pond Rd. is closest to the SPCA). Recycling is stored in the hallway near the employee entrance. No need to schedule this task – just check for recycling next time you at the Adoption Center, and let staff know if you need access to the back door to load the items.

Transport
Transporting animals to vet appointments or delivering bulky supplies (dog kennels, dog houses, etc.) to various locations. SUVs or other enclosed large vehicles recommended.

Voice Mail Retrieval (can be done from home) – Volunteer needs currently filled
Access Holding Center’s voicemail, transcribe messages, and email messages to staff (weekly shifts, 1 hour/day)