Below are just SOME of the many ways you can help make a difference! Please sign up for a Volunteer Orientation to get started.
Please remember that ALL volunteers will be asked to complete and pay for a background check for the safety of all people and animals in our building. We encourage EVERYONE to check out our Other Ways to Help.
Please note that a six month commitment is suggested to join the Volunteer Program. All volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Not old enough to volunteer in the shelter? Check our our Junior Volunteer Program!
All Adoption Department volunteers MUST commit to at least one day a week during open adoption hours in order to maintain a schedule.
Entry-Level Adoption Counselors: greet adopters, go through the Meet Your Match process and surveys, give tours and train to do adoptions. Must be fully committed, reliable and plan to continue working with the organization in the future as this position will require a lot of shadowing/training.
Adoption Concierge: Provide customer service; greet adopters, answer phones, hand out surveys. Must be fully committed, reliable and plan to continue working with the organization in the future.
Floor “Monitors”: Answer questions and ensure the animals’ and public’s safety on the Adoption Floor.
Adoption Outreach Events: Adoption Outreach Events require transport and handling of animals and dealing with the public.
Data Entry: 1-2 days per week, preferably in the morning. 3 hour commitment per day. Must be conscientious and detail oriented.
Office Assistance: 1-2 days per week, 2 hour commitment per day. Help administrative staff with copies, updating volunteer data base, making ID badges, miscellaneous clerical help.
Cleaning of Adoption Floor, Cats: Mornings, 8:30AM – 10:30AM and afternoons, 1:30PM -3PM. Must commit to one day per week. Clean litter boxes, feed and handle cats.
Laundry: We always welcome help with the laundry as we strive to keep our facility as clean and germ free as possible! All bedding and towels must be washed daily.
Inventory Taker: Must be able to commit to 2 days per week in 3 hour shifts or 3 days a week in 2 hour shifts.
Data Entry: Medical record input into data base. Requires computer literacy, good spelling and grammar. One day per week for at least 2 hours between the hours of 8:30 and 11:30.
Tech Room Assistant: Help with surgery logistics, clerical work and cleaning. This position is needed 4 days per week. Volunteer must commit to one full day per week.
Vet Tech Assistant: Must have some Vet Tech experience and be able to come in on a steady basis to train with the department in a volunteer capacity.
Animal Transport: Most appointments are in the morning on week days. We are in great need of volunteers who would be willing to pick up the animals (usually small animals in provided carriers) and bring them to their appointment, or pick them up from the vet the next day and bring them back to us. If you have free time on week day mornings and are willing to drive at least once a week we would love your help!
Humane Education Team Members are needed to visit schools and youth groups with their Certified Therapy Dog or Cat to offer our presentation, “It’s Cool To Be Kind” to children to plant the seeds of kindness & compassion, and offer tips on pet care, pet safety, overpopulation, our work at the shelter and other important lessons. Volunteers interested need to be available weekdays during the daytime, 9-5, and be confident speaking to a group.
In order to become a Humane Education or Pet Therapy Volunteer you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation.
If your dog or cat is a candidate MCSPCA Pet Therapy certification is offered after a brief Orientation Meeting where information & requirements are discussed, and testing will follow at our center.
Love cats? Come by and play with the many cats at our shelter. We ask that you only apply if you are able to spend a minimum average of 4 hours per week volunteering.
Check out this video highlighting the joys of volunteering with cats.
Any time spent outdoors is a great time for our dogs. Are you an experienced dog handler? Please consider helping our dogs by getting them out and getting some exercise for both you and the dog! We ask that you only apply if you are able to commit to an average of 4 hours per week for at least 6 months. We promise it will be well worth your time to help our dogs while they wait for their forever homes!
Most of the animals fostered are kittens and puppies that are too young to go up for adoption. A little TLC can go a long way!
We also sometimes need medical fosters for dogs and cats as well as behavioral fosters. Foster homes often help find animals their forever homes!
Read a wonderful article by Steve Charnick on The Rewards of Pet Foster Care.