Junior Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA! Volunteers are an integral part of our lifesaving work and we deeply appreciate their dedication to the homeless animals in our area.

Volunteer Eligibility:  Volunteers must be fourteen years old or older to volunteer independently. All junior volunteers are welcome to help us with front lobby organization, sorting through donations, cleaning cat areas, training dogs to be calm in their kennels, and doing laundry. Volunteers sixteen years old or older who can commit to at least six months of service are also welcome to help us with cat socialization and dog walking after shadowing experienced volunteers multiple times.

Getting Started as a Junior Volunteer:

  1. Fill out the junior volunteer application here and indicate how many hours you are planning to volunteer.
  2. When the volunteer coordinator accepts your application (within two weeks of submission), you will receive an email with instructions on how to access our online general volunteer orientation or sign up for an in-person orientation.
  3. After you complete the general volunteer orientation, you will be able to sign up for more specific volunteer trainings, depending on what you’d like to help us with. For some volunteer opportunities, including cat socialization and dog walking, you will be required to complete additional online trainings. For all volunteer opportunities,  you will need to shadow an experienced volunteer or staff member at least once before volunteering independently.