Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are invited to apply to work in the various animal care areas. Choose from the many jobs you can do as a volunteer:

Dog Walkers

Perhaps you walk during lunch while at work, perhaps you go and run at the gym each day on a treadmill, or perhaps you just love dogs. If any of this sounds at all like you, then our dog walking program would be perfect. The dogs at the CNYSPCA are in need of being exercised daily and this is something we have a special program designed for. We can match dogs to your certain level of exercise and comfort. Whether once a week or all seven days, the dogs will love being out with you.

Cat Socialization

Holding, petting, grooming, and cleaning cages in the shelter. You can take them out when a visiting room is available and socialize the cats in our or even just let them sit on your lap while you read a good book.

General Office/ Adoption

Answering phones, filing, assisting potential adopters, data entry, and other general office duties as needed.

Community and Shelter Events

We need volunteers who are willing to:

  • Participate and set up at shelter events as well as community events.
  • Representing the CNYSPCA at different events, including our Annual Golf Tournament, Vettes for Pets, Happy Tails Art and Crafts, and Onondaga County sponsored rabies clinics etc.
  • Participate in special events and fundraisers in the community.
  • Other jobs may include hanging posters, stuffing envelopes, and other short-term projects as needed.

General Cleaning

Cleaning is necessary for each and every animal day-to-day, this may not seem to be an overly rewarding job but all volunteers find themselves helping out at some point, then we also have our core volunteers that do this daily.  Cleaning dishes, litter pans, sweeping & mopping, washing walls, washing windows, and cleaning cat carriers are just a few of the daily tasks to care for all our animals.

Grounds Keeping

Any kind of seasonal work outside to keep our shelter’s appearance inviting. (i.e., raking, shoveling walks, sweeping, etc.)

Build Your Own Volunteer Experience

Perhaps you have an idea that we have not posted or thought of, we would love to hear about it.