Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in the Central New York SPCA Volunteer Program! The Central New York SPCA is currently looking for volunteers who are committed, accountable and responsible to volunteer a minimum of 6 hours a month to help us “Speak for those who cannot speaking for themselves”. We need friendly, out going and personable volunteers to assist the public and staff in our shelter and at off site adoption events. If you LOVE working with people to help the animals, then this is the place for you.


Our final orientation will be in October for 2017. If you would like to get in to it then please email our Volunteer Coordinator at vol@cnyspca.org

Group Orientation is not for high-school community service hours; students must contact the Volunteer Coordinator and be pre-registered for these types of education related community service. Due to liability and safety issues, high school students will not be permitted to interact with shelter animals.

Who can volunteer

In order to become a volunteer you must attend a Volunteer Orientation Volunteer and you must be at least 16 years of age. If you are between the ages of 16 and 17, a parent or guardian must be present to attend the initial 1-hour orientation and then execute the necessary forms on the minor’s behalf. Ages 14 & 15 and under may volunteer with an adult present at all times. (All participants must fill out volunteer applications and adult volunteers would be required to go through Volunteer Training Session.)

Anyone under the age of 14 cannot volunteer with the CNYSPCA, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


High-school and college students doing community service are welcome however at this time we are NOT accepting new applicants for students completing hours for school. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Court Mandated Community Service Program– Please see below

Businesses looking to have employees volunteer for the day please contact Donna Newman at vol@cnyspca.org for available days and times.


  • As a volunteer, you will be expected to support and promote the mission of the CNYSPCA and abide by all volunteer rules and regulations.
  • All volunteers must attend a basic orientation and sign all necessary release forms.
  • We kindly request that if you decide to volunteer with the CNYSPCA that you are able to commit a minimum six (6) hours per month.


To register for one of the CNYSPCA Volunteer Training Orientations, you must fill out a volunteer application. (If you have applied in the past, you must still fill out a new application to register for one of the upcoming registrations) Download Volunteer Form

Sending the Volunteer Application

You can send the completed volunteer application via fax to (315) 454-4908, mail it to CNYSPCA, 5878 East Molloy Road, Syracuse, New York 13211, e-mail it to us to Donna Newman at vol@cnyspca.org  or you can turn it in at the shelter’s front office desk.

A volunteer liaison will email or call you to schedule a volunteer orientation. Orientations are usually held once a month. Attending an orientation is mandatory before you can begin volunteering at the CNYSPCA.
The purpose of this orientation is to have our attendees learn our policies, procedures and programs, learn about basic animal behavior, and gain a thorough understanding of the many ways you can truly make a difference and ultimately help find homes for the many animals in our care. Please be aware that a limited number of volunteers can be accommodated.

Court Ordered Community Service

NOTICE: Starting January 1, 2018 we will be starting to charge an administrative fee to complete community service hours. This fee will be due at time of orientation and if you have completed court ordered community service before with the CNYSPCA this fee is due with any new charges.

  • $30 for 1-30 hours
  • $45 for 31-60 hours
    • Additional hours past 60 will be $1 per hour to be completed

*Administrative fees payable by cash, credit card, or money order. We do not accept checks for this fee.

For anyone seeking to complete their court mandated community service please email C.J. Kulesa at events@cnyspca.org to set up appointment for completing paperwork and orientation.

Please be aware that community service hours can only be completed 8:30am-1:30pm daily. The application for court ordered community service is not available online and must be completed in person at time of orientation.

You can schedule an orientation by emailing events@cnyspca.org and please be aware that all orientations must be completed Monday-Friday between the hours off 9:30am-2:00pm.

Please bring the following with you to an orientation:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Payment (cash, credit card, or money order, NO CHECKS)
  3. If you have an attorney and/or probation/parole officer, you will need their contact info