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Community Service

Community Service Hours

What is Court Ordered Community Service?

Informational Brochure

Community Service Program at Stafford SPCAOur court ordered community service program is a safe, fun and fulfilling way to satisfy a court’s requirement for community service hours.
The program is open to everyone, both youth and adult. We are happy to work with non-Stafford residents as long as we can obtain written approval from the court/probation officer or organization that they will accept our documentation and give credit to the individual for time served at our facility.
As a state recognized animal releasing agency, we are prohibited from accepting community service volunteers (CSV) applicants charged with animal abuse, neglect, cruelty or abandonment. Additionally, the Stafford SPCA is a substance and violence free facility and organization. We have a zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol, chemical, drug and tobacco use. We strive to provide a harmonious, Zen-like environment for our animals, staff and volunteers.
Failure to adhere to this policy may result in immediate dismissal from our program and removal from our property.
The Stafford SPCA reserves the right to reject or refuse any and all applicants at its sole discretion. We will not accept any CSVs with sex offender histories. Applicants convicted of larcenies or violent/domestic offenses will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


About the Program

CSVs may perform many of the same duties as our SPCA employees and volunteers.

Duties may include, but are not limited to…

  • General cleaning and maintenance of the facility – animal rooms, kennels, litter boxes, food & water bowls, play yards, storage areas, SPCA vehicles.
  • Lawn and Grounds Care – grass cutting, raking, tending flower beds, landscaping, light power equipment.
  • Folding laundry, stocking supplies, assisting with inventory management.
  • Assisting with ongoing shelter projects and activities as directed.
  • Extremely responsible CSVs with a significant number of hours sentenced may be given the opportunity to work directly with the animals.  Please note that the vast majority of our CSVs do not perform direct, hands-on animal care.

What We Provide

  • Flexible work hours that fit into your schedule.  The shelter is open to volunteers from 9 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week.
  • Authorization of CSV hours either before or after your actual court date.
  • Supervision of CSV hours.
  • Documentation of the hours worked and a time sheet for court use and your records, provided on SPCA letterhead.
  • Exceptional CSVs may also receive a personal letter to the courts/ organization in appreciation for their exemplary service.
  • A reliable set schedule for the completion of hours.

Cost of the Program
There is a nominal and nonrefundable fee for supervision costs that is due upon contract signing and must be paid before the beginning of service.
Payment methods accepted include:

  • Cash
  • Check made out the Stafford SPCA
  • Money Order
  • Credit card (via Paypal)

The Stafford SPCA provides a safe, positive atmosphere in which to complete your service hours. Many of our community’s alternatives for CSV hours include road side trash pick-up, working at the landfill, and other less fulfilling activities.
At the Stafford SPCA, you will get to learn about animal care and the work that goes into running a shelter.  The tasks that you perform, and the projects you participate in, have an immediate and positive impact on the lives of the animals.  Many of our CSVs decide to stay on as regular volunteers.
The people that you will work with all have one thing in common: our love of animals, and our devotion to the animals we care for.  The funds collected from the CSV supervision fee go towards our general operating fund so that we can continue providing care to the animals in our community.

How to Get Started
Before you can begin serving hours as a community service volunteer, you must submit an application. Please print out, fill out and then scan and email or fax over the CSV Application.  The link is below.
Application form

Please print out, review and prepare to bring with you the CSV contract (link below) on the date of your intake interview.  There is no need to fill out or sign the contract before your intake interview.  This contract will be completed at the end of the interview process, after it has been fully explained by our community service supervisor.
Contract form

The Initial Interview
Our CSV supervisor will review your application, will run background checks on all applicants, and will call you to schedule your intake interview.  At that time, you must bring proper ID, all court documents, and be prepared with payment.

The interview will serve as our chance to get to know you and to thoroughly explain our policies and procedures.  You will also be given a shelter tour and will receive an explanation as to what a typical shift as a CSV will be like.  The intake interview is also when our community service supervisor will make the final determination on what the hourly supervisory fee will be, depending upon several factors, including the age of the offender, the nature of the charge, the number of hours sentenced, etc.

At the end of the the intake interview, we will schedule your hours, according to the availability of shelter staff for supervision and according to your own schedule and availability.  Once scheduled, CSV hours are binding, but the Stafford SPCA offers very flexible hours and can accommodate virtually any schedule.

If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you to the intake interview.

Feel free to email our community service supervisor at [email protected] with specific questions about our program and requirements.

The Stafford SPCA reserves the right to refuse acceptance into our community service program based on past criminal history and/or current criminal proceedings.

We will not accept any community service volunteer with a sex offender history or animal related abuse/neglect history.

Have you lost a pet?
Did you find an animal you think might belong to someone else?

If so, please click the button above to go to our Lost & Found Services page, where we explain in detail the process and what actions you can take to get your pet home safely as soon as possible.

Please click on the button above to help us take some items off of our “Wishlist” by donating the items to the Staford SPCA.

Our Mission...

We are committed to caring for animals in need, educating the community, and raising awareness of the importance of putting a stop to animal cruelty and abandonment.

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Friends, this is about to be a bit of a rant. You have been warned.

This is our newest resident, Lola. Poor Lola can't catch a break. She was born as part of an unwanted litter that was surrendered to an animal shelter. That shelter transferred her to another shelter, where she was adopted at 7 weeks old. Unfortunately, the family that adopted her intended her to be a present for a young teenage child, who lost interest in her and left her virtually neglected. Lola became unwanted merely because she was seeking attention, which led her to being surrendered to our care.

If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it is for people to STOP getting animals for children that they are not willing to make part of a family commitment. Especially in the fall, we get many calls to take in animals because a teenager is going to college and the parents don't want their animal. Then there are the situations like Lola's. Pets are not toys to be disregarded when a child loses interest or grows out of them. Make a lifelong commitment as a family or don't get a pet.

Ok, stepping off of the soapbox. Let's find Lola a home.

At 11 month old, Lola is confused and sad because she doesn't understand her predicament. She is sweet and playful. Lola has lived with small children and with another dog. She needs a bit of training but she is smart and eager to please.

Please give this girl another chance at a happy life. She has had too much disappointment already for her young age.
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Oh, Acorn.
We’d love to take better pictures of this sweet boy, but he’s much more interested in sitting on our laps and getting pet instead. Based on his habit of running up to us every time we walk in the room, we’re fairly sure he’s part dog.

If you’re looking for a companion who makes you feel loved and important, we can’t think of a better friend than Acorn. Don’t let his age fool you, this 10-year-old goober clearly has the heart of a kitten. Don’t like his name? Other appropriate choices could be Snuggles, Purrs, PetMePlease, Lap Warmer, or even Sir Licks A Lot.

Acorn isn’t picky, he likes other cats almost as much as he likes people. We’re guessing he probably likes dogs as well, since he tends to act like one. Acorn deserves a person to call his own because this boy has entirely too much love to spend his life without a best friend.

Not ready to commit to this sweet boy but still want to show him a little love? Please visit his amazon wishlist to send him a treat!

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HUGE thanks to our volunteer Kelly Hale for her amazing donation today!
She's been volunteering with us for about 8 months now, and she made the generous decision to ask for presents for our shelter animals, instead of herself, for her birthday last month. Even more, she matched each donation that she received from her friends and family with gifts of her own for our shelter pets.
Our critters definitely scored today with all kinds of awesome toys and supplies.
We wouldn't be able to do what we do without volunteers like you, Kelly. Trucker gave Kelly many of his wonderful hugs to say thank you for her generosity and service!
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Serious talk time, folks. We need help for Billie Jane. Our longest shelter resident, Billie has been with us for nearly three years. Billie is an amazing little dog, super affectionate, very playful and smart as a whip. Billie is well-loved by our staff, is walked six times a day and is treated to outside playtime in a kiddie pool, which might be her absolute favorite treat. She has a large room of her own where she spends time lounging on her couch or playing with her collection of balls. Sounds like a pretty good life, we know. But Billie needs more. She’s a mixed-breed working dog and is bored out of her mind. She needs a job, she needs more activity and a way to burn off her energy. We have the land to build an agility course, but lack the equipment. We’ve included a link to her Amazon wish list, and any donations would be potentially life changing for this girl. Although we’re a no-kill shelter and have committed to caring for Billie for as long as she needs us, what we really want is to find a home for her.

Billie is a people dog for sure. What she is not is an animal dog. Our greatest challenge in rehoming her has been her need to be the only pet in a home. If given a home of her own we know that Billie would be an exceptionally loyal, loving and entertaining companion. Especially for someone who is active and understanding of her issues with other animals. We have no doubt there is a perfect home out there, and we’re asking for help in finding it for her. Please share this post with your friends, spread the word and be part of helping this sweet, crazy little dog find the best friend she deserves.

Billie is spayed, utd on all shots and preventatives, has recently recovered from acl surgery, will not ever run out of kisses, is housebroken, crate trained, and is 100% lovable.

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It’s a busy month for animal awareness. In addition to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, October is also National Animal Safety and Prevention Month; a month dedicated to promoting the safe practices of handling and caring for both domestic and wild animals.

Halloween is creeping up on us, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season!
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