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!
Our August volunteer orientation schedule is currently full. If you apply now, you will remain on the list to receive September orientation dates when they are set. Thank you for your patience.
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. ***
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)
….and much more. Do you have a special talent? Let us know!
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
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]
- 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?
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:
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.