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 are also welcome to help us with cat socialization and dog walking after shadowing experienced volunteers multiple times.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Short-term service: If you’d like to help out for just a couple days or if you need a few service hours for school, we’d love to have your help cleaning cat cages, sorting through donations, and spending time with our lobby cats. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at (434) 973-5959×308 or volunteer@caspca.org to arrange for short-term volunteering.

Long-term junior volunteering: If you are interested in volunteering with us for at least six months, we’d be very glad to have your help with a variety of service opportunities, including cat socialization, dog walking, front lobby assistance, rummage store help, and fundraising events. Because training volunteers involves significant staff time, we ask new volunteers to commit to at least thirty hours of service in their first six months with us. If you are not able to make that commitment, please consider our short-term service options. To get started as a long-term junior volunteer, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started as a Junior Long-term Volunteer:

  1. Fill out the junior volunteer application here.
  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. If you do not have reliable access to the internet at home, you can contact the volunteer coordinator at (434) 973-5959×308 or volunteer@caspca.org  to arrange 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.