Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the CASPCA. Volunteers help daily to maintain the well-being of the animals at the CASPCA 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 CASPCA operations and 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 eight hours a month. Orientations are open admission and all are welcome! You do not need to sign up to be able to attend.
Volunteer Orientations are held on the following dates:
There is 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 Volunteer Orientation will last two hours and include a general volunteer training and introduction to the CASPCA. You must attend this before attending the hands-on dog walking training or cat socialization training.
Dog Walking Trainings are held on the following dates. Note that you MUST attend a regular volunteer orientation in order to sign up for this training.
** We are currently in the process of restructuring our training for new volunteers; please check back, dates will be posted ASAP.**
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.
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 Sams Club.
Help at events held at different locations throughout the year. Examples of special events include the Critter Ball, the bow-WOW-walk and other community events.
Photography or Video
Take pictures or create videos of the animals at the CASPCA 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 CASPCA.
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.
Provide in-home care for our pets in need of 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 to serve 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 email or call (434) 964-3331.
Please note: court-mandated community volunteers need to apply here.
Refer to the Volunteer Handbook for policy questions and general information. For more information, see Addendum A Cat Socializing Guidelines, Addendum B Dog Walking General Guidelines, and Addendum Essential Capabilities of CASPCA Volunteers.