Volunteers are critical to improving the quality of life of our animals. The most common ways that you can volunteer at the SPCA:
- Cat socializing: Visitors to the shelter frequently comment on the great personalities and happiness of our cats. A big part of that is the socialization that cats receive from the staff and volunteers. Consider cuddling, brushing, and playing with our cats to improve their chances of adoption.
- Dog walking: Dogs love their outdoor time on our walking trail or pen. By walking dogs, our volunteers greatly improve the dogs’ quality of life and adoptability by socializing them, providing basic leash training, and generally making them happy (and preventing accidents!).
We strive to make volunteering easy by only requiring a brief training/orientation session and then you’re enjoying the animals!
Note that if you’re under 18, you must have an adult with you at all times. We have had great parent/child volunteers.
If you are interested in helping at the shelter in other ways, educating the public, or fund-raising, please contact the shelter. 540-463-5123
Letter from Michael Wilson, 2015 – 2016 SPCA Board President