Volunteer at CNY SPCA

Volunteer at CNY SPCA

Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in the volunteering at the CNYSPCA! Volunteers are an integral part in accomplishing our mission to “promote kindness to animals.” We are looking for volunteers who are committed, responsible, and flexible.  If you love working with animals, or working with people to help animals, the CNYSPCA is the place for you!  If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at vol@cnyspca.org.

Who can volunteer

Volunteers must be 18 years old and out of high school.

High school and middle school students who need to do volunteer work for school or church can organize a bottle/can drive under the guidance of their parents. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Younger children can join our Pet Partners Program, where they can participate in the “Chat with a Cat” reading program. (Children must be with a parent or guardian at all times.) Contact the Education Coordinator at education@cnyspca.org for more information.

College students are invited to attend a special orientation to be held in September and January.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more details.

People with mentors/job coaches are welcome to volunteer. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Businesses or other agencies are welcome to volunteer for a day or a project.  If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Young people who are interested in doing projects to benefit the CNYSPCA (i.e. Eagle Scout projects) should contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

How Do I Volunteer?

Those who are interested in volunteering, and who meet the requirements, should fill out a volunteer application on our website.  If your interests match our needs, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you regarding our next Volunteer Orientation.


Be able to volunteer for a minimum of six hours month for a minimum of six months.

Pay a one-time, non-refundable donation of $20 to cover the cost of a volunteer t-shirt, name tag, and other volunteer materials.

Attend an orientation and possibly other training sessions.

Abide by and support the mission, rules, policies and procedures of the CNYSPCA, it’s board, and the administration and staff who implement them.

Support and champion the adoption of the animals in our care.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Shelter Support Center (laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc.)
  • Customer Care
  • Events
  • Administration (data entry, computer work, etc.)
  • Work with Cats
  • Work with Dogs
  • Small Animals
  • Maintenance/Repair/Building/Painting/Plumbing, etc.
  • Landscaping/Snow Removal, etc.
  • Specialized Skills (grooming, social media, photography, videography, Reiki, writing, etc.)
  • “Create Your Own Burger” – skills/ideas/talents that you have that can benefit the shelter!