Adult Volunteers at the SPCA

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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 following dates:

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.

*Please note that beginning in December 2014, the Volunteer Orientation will last 2 and a half hours and include a general volunteer training and introduction to the SPCA, a cat handling training, and an introduction to dog training. You must attend this before attending the hands-on dog walking training (dates also below).

  • Wednesday July 15th from 2-4:30pm
  • Saturday July 18th from 11-1:30pm
  • Saturday, August 1st from 11-1:30pm
  • Saturday August 15th from 11-1:30pm
  • Wednesday August 19th from 2-4:30pm

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

  • Sunday August 2 from 3-5pm
  • Sunday August 16th from 3-5pm
  • Wednesday August 26th from 3-5pm

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, Addendum B Dog Walking Guidelines, and Addendum Essential Capabilities of CAPSCA Volunteers.