PLEASE NOTE: The minimum age to volunteer on your own is 18 years of age.
Youths in the Adult/Youth Teams are  7-17 years old (see details below)
For short-term Youth Group or Service Group options, please see details at bottom of page.

Adult/Youth Teams Requirements

  • Please note the Adult/Youth Team this is part of the ongoing SPCA volunteer program. For youth short term and youth group options, please see below.
  • Adult/Youth teams are where youths age 7-17 can assist their parent/designated adult with volunteer tasks with the adult being the primary volunteer.
  • If the youth’s parent/legal guardian will not be attending with their own child, he/she may stipulate another named adult (someone known to the parent/legal guardian) to supervise their child as the Adult/Youth team and must sign a waiver form. These are usually family members or neighbors.
  • Youths must stay with adult volunteer at all times and adult must supervise youth(s)
  • Youths must follow instruction of adult or staff
  • Youths cannot be alone with any animal at any point in time, to include in rooms and play yards
  • Youths should not be rowdy or loud (especially with cats and rabbits)
  • All Dog Tasks: Adults must handle and maintain control of the dogs while on leashes

Youths under 14 do not need to attend the New Volunteer Orientation.
Space constraints for the required orientation limit the classes to youths 14 and older and their designated adult. All youths are welcome to come with their parent/designated adult to subsequent task trainings.

Children under 7 years: 
Children under 7 years of age are not allowed to participate in volunteering tasks.

If you have questions about adult/youth team volunteering, please email Jan Hill, Director of Volunteers.

Youth Groups or 
Short Term Volunteer Options

(Y Guides, Scouts, Schools, Individual short term, etc.)

We do not offer short term or group opportunities that involve handling animals (please see the above Adult/Youth volunteer opportunities which include training time). However we do have fun and helpful options noted below.

  • Organize a supply drive – use our wish list and organize your own drive to collect those items in your community. Create a marked container and place it in a high-traffic area for people to see or let people donate directly from our Amazon Wish List.  – 3 Volunteer Hours
  • Give out information – man a table at school or in front of the supermarket (with their permission). Ask the community to support responsible pet ownership and consider a donation of money or supplies to help the animals. Distribute information about the wonderful animals available for adoption at the Adoption Center. – 3 Volunteer Hours
  • Organize a fundraiser – hold a bake sale, car wash or carnival and collect donations for the SPCA of Wake County. Distribute information about the SPCA’s Adoption Center at your event to help educate the public. (We can provide you with handouts) – 6 Volunteer Hours


Adoption Center Self-Guided Tours

The SPCA is unable to offer guided group tours of the Adoption Center, but you are welcome to take a self-guided tour. We ask that groups visit on weekdays only, as weekends are our busiest adoption days. Keep in mind that Fridays may also be crowded. Information sheets are available at the front desk for you to read as you take your tour. Click here to view the form online and print your own copy at home.


If you have questions about supply drives, information drives and fundraising drives, please email Amy Crum, Events Manager.

Thank you very much!