(540) 657-7387 [shelter open by appointment only] [email protected]

Get Involved

Volunteer

As a brand new animal rescue organization, we are completely reliant on the help of volunteers throughout the community.  We have volunteer opportunities available for animal lovers of all ages, and we encourage families to come out and volunteer together!  (Please note that we do require all volunteers at the shelter to be at least 13 years old. Opportunities for volunteers younger than 13 are limited to off-site events.)

Additionally, we work with groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts and school-based organizations to help find the best fit for groups of people or individuals alike.

If you would like to start volunteering, please fill out the volunteer application at this link!

If you are interested in setting up a one-time volunteer event with a group (scouts, workplace, military, etc.), or in organizing a project to help our shelter (like an Eagle Scout project), please email our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

***Court ordered community service opportunities are also available, separate from our regular volunteer program.  Follow this link for more information for court ordered volunteers.
We do not send documentation to the courts for any hours performed outside of our established community service program. ***

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What can you do to help?

  • Daily cat care
  • Daily dog walks
  • Dog one on one enrichment
  • Cat socialization
  • Special events
  • Lost and found
  • Lawn care and maintenance
  • Laundry folding
  • Office help
  • Search and rescue (as needed)
  • Fundraising

….and much more. Do you have a special talent?  Let us know!

Getting started

Animal safety and care is our number one priority, so all new volunteers must take volunteer training.  This is completed in two stages: classroom orientation in a large group, and then hands-on training individually or in very small groups.  Classroom orientation can be scheduled only AFTER the volunteer application is filled out online.

Classroom orientations are generally held on weekends and an occasional weeknight.  There are usually three or four orientations scheduled each month.  You will receive details of the orientation schedule for the month and be able to choose which is best for your schedule after your application is submitted. 

As we grow, we will be able to offer more opportunities for volunteers and we are looking forward to working with everyone as we develop.

***Court ordered community service hours are also available for a nominal, per hour supervision fee.  All fees go to support the ongoing care of current and future shelter animals.  Please call our offices at 540-242-0608 for more information on this program, and read all about our community service program here.  We do not send letters to the court for volunteer hours performed outside of our established community service program.***

Volunteering after training

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Our volunteer program has no minimum time requirement.  You can give as much or as little time as you like. Once you have been through both stages of training, our volunteer schedule is extremely flexible.  The shelter has volunteer time slots with the cats from 9 AM to 10 PM, and with the dogs from 10 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week!

Right now, our volunteer program is focused especially on animal care. However, as we grow and expand, we are interested in recruiting more volunteers for marketing and fundraising help, office help, transportation help, and a number of other things.

If you have specific questions or ideas about volunteering, please feel free to e-mail [email protected]

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Children ages 13 – 15 are required to be supervised by a parent/legal guardian while volunteering for the Stafford SPCA either on or off-site and will be able to work with our cats (and only our cats).
  • Dog volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
  • Youth under the age of 18 are required to have a parent attend the one time classroom orientation along with them. There, parents will fill out the youth volunteer waiver for their minor child/children.
  • All volunteers must have their own, reliable transportation while volunteering in case of emergency. For liability reasons, we are unable to allow anyone to be dropped off at the shelter without any form of transportation.

How will I be scheduled to volunteer after training?

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We use an online volunteer management software called Volgistics.  Once you complete your training, we will activate your Volgistics profile and send you an email with your password and a link to our Stafford SPCA calendar.

You will be able to sign yourself up for volunteering shifts whenever your schedule best allows.  It is an extremely flexible program once you’ve received your training.  There are no minimum time requirements to remain an active volunteer. You can give us as much or as little time each month as you are able to!

The major requirement that we ask of all volunteers is that you’re sure to keep your commitments once you’ve signed up for shifts.  We very much depend on our volunteers showing up when they have signed up.  Signing up for shifts and then failing to show can cause animal care schedules to be pushed back and thrown off.  Please take your volunteer commitments seriously!

Thank you for your wonderful gift of TIME!  We wouldn’t be able to accomplish everything we do without our dedicated volunteers!

Current volunteers, log in here:

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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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