Volunteering provides numerous ways to work directly with animals and to provide assistance toward their welfare. The Pope Memorial SPCA of Merrimack County is dependent on volunteers to assist with many aspects of our operations. Volunteers are provided training to safely and efficiently assist shelter staff and animals in need. Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities.

Please note that at this time we are not accepting dog-enrichment volunteer applications for the age group of 12-15 years old.  However, we look forward to providing dog-centered alternatives for 12-15-year-old volunteers in the future.

To begin an application after reviewing the guidelines below, please click here.

Requirements to Volunteer as a Youth (under age 18)

  • Must be 12 or older.
  • Volunteers ages 12-15 must have a parent / guardian / family member (over the age of 21) in attendance.
  • Volunteers ages 12-15 MUST have a youth work certificate on file. Download the certificate here.
  • Volunteers ages 16-17 MUST have a signed parent permission form on file. Download the form here.
  • Volunteer at least five hours a month.
  • Remain active for six months.
  • Fill out a volunteer application.
  • Complete all orientation and training, with your parent or guardian.
  • Follow all volunteer guidelines and policies.

Requirements to Volunteer as an Adult (ages 18 +)

  • Volunteer at least ten hours a month.
  • Remain active for six months or more.
  • Fill out a volunteer application.
  • Complete all orientation and training.
  • Follow all volunteer guidelines and policies.

Additional Qualifications

  • An understanding and passion for animal welfare issues.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, and exceptional customer service skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be physically active (most volunteer positions are hands on).
  • Attention to detail.

Benefits to Volunteering

  • Spending time with animals who need love and attention.
  • Career experience.
  • Volunteer experience.
  • Helping those who cannot help themselves.
  • Great work environment.