Adult Volunteers at the SPCA

(Adult volunteers must be 18 years and older.)emily

Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Volunteers help daily to maintain the well-being of the animals at the SPCA and are vital to achieving our No Kill mission. Yearly, hundreds of volunteers donate more than 20,000 hours of service.

We look forward to having you volunteer. Volunteers participate in all facets of SPCA operations, some of the options are explained below. All volunteers must apply and attend a volunteer training, and we ask that all volunteers be able to commit to at least 8 hours a month.

Volunteer Orientations are held on:

The  4th Wednesday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

and

The 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  • Volunteer orientation will be cancelled on Saturday October 4th, Saturday October 18th, and Wednesday October 22nd – October Orientation will be held on Saturday October 11th and Wednesday October 15th.
  • November’s orientation on the 26th will be cancelled and rescheduled to November 19th.

Starting in July 2014 there will be a general volunteer orientation that all new volunteers must come to. This will also include a cat volunteer training. The following day there will be a dog walker training with SPCA Behavior Coordinator Ashley Litton – if you’re interested in walking dogs, you MUST attend both the regular orientation and the dog walking training.

There a $10 orientation fee. This will help to offset the cost of your volunteer shirt, badge and training.  Please speak with the volunteer coordinator if this is a hardship.

Dog Walking Trainings are held on the following dates. Note that you MUST attend a regular volunteer orientation first.

  • Sunday October 12th from 11-1pm
  • Sunday October 19th from 11-1pm
  • Sunday November 2nd from 11-1pm
  • Sunday November 16th from 11-1pm
  • Thursday November 20th from 2-4pm

Available Volunteer Opportunities2014-03-05-03.51.12_web

Tails on Trails
Provide shelter dogs with love and companionship. Walk and provide basic training for our dogs to help them become more adoptable and find homes more quickly.

*You must complete the dog walking training to be qualified to volunteer in this area.

Cool Cat Crew
Spend time with cats and kittens giving them the love and attention they need as they wait for a home. Greet visitors and answer questions about our cats or help match potential adopters with the right cat for their home.

*You must complete the cat socialization training to be qualified to volunteer in this area.

Humane Education
Assist with tours of the facility, educational lessons for students in grades K-12, summer camps and birthday parties.

Offsite Adoption Events
Held at various locations throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County, volunteers work to find homes for our animals. Examples of locations include Petco, Petsmart and Fashion Square Mall.

Special Events
Help at events held at different locations throughout the year. Examples of special events include the Critter Ball, the Barracks Road Parade and other community events.

Photography or Video
Take pictures or create videos of the animals at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA for use on our website, facebook and print projects.

Community Cats Program
Work with our Community Cat Manager to set up/pick up humane capture traps and transport community cats to and from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

General Office Support
Assist front desk and office staff by entering information regarding pets into applicable databases and performing general office duties such as copying, filing or folding letters for mailings.

Foster Care
Provide in-home care for our pets that need a little extra love. Click here for more information.

The Rummage Store
The Rummage Store is located at 943 Preston Avenue in Charlottesville. Assist the staff with hanging clothes, sorting items and taking care of the cats.


Together we’ll find the place you can best help our mission of serving the animals in our care while having fun, making friends, and feeling good about your contribution. If you want to do more, we offer increased responsibility and opportunity for interested volunteers. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have any questions please contact us or call (434) 964-3331 or apply now.

Please note, court mandated community volunteers need to apply here.

Please refer to the Volunteer Handbook for policy questions and general information. For more information, see Addendum A Cat Socializing Guidelines and Addendum B Dog Walking Guidelines.