Please note that at this time we are not accepting volunteer applications.  Currently our new volunteer orientations are filled to capacity and we’re in the process of converting to a new volunteer database.  We hope you will check back in with us at the beginning of January 2018!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact our volunteer coordinator, Chelsey Logan, using the contact form below. 

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.

Whether you are interested in direct animal care, special events, customer service, or administrative work we can use your help. If you have special talents such as photography, pet grooming or if you are an artist or computer wiz, for example, and would like to share your talent to help improve animal welfare, let us know. We’ll find a creative way to put your talent to use!


Volunteer Guidelines:

-Volunteers need to be 12 years of age to volunteer at the Pope Memorial SPCA. A liability waiver with a signature of a parent or guardian is required for individuals under age 18. Applicants ages 12-15 will have limited animal options due to safety and liability reasons. For more information regarding volunteer activities for persons under age 16, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 603-856-8756 ext 336.

-Volunteers ages 12-15 will require a parent/guardian to volunteer with them. This requires the parent/guardian to complete an application and attend trainings with the child.

-We require that all volunteers commit to contributing a minimum of 6 months of service and a minimum of 8 hours per month. A knowledgeable and trained person that volunteers consistently is truly a benefit to the animals in our care.

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.


Orientations and Trainings:

– All new volunteers are required to attend a general information session. These sessions are typically held on the first Saturday morning and the second Thursday evening of each month, and last approximately 1 hour. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

-To sign up for orientation you will first need to apply to be a volunteer at popememorial.volunteerhub.com. Once your application is accepted, you will be emailed to sign up for an orientation through volunteer hub.

– During orientation, volunteers will receive a tour of the adoption center and specific information on volunteering and volunteer opportunities in the shelter.

– Training for volunteers who wish to work directly with the animals is scheduled after orientation. Trainings are conducted by staff or veteran volunteers and typically run 1-2 hours. Volunteers who choose to participate in other activities or positions are given specific instructions and guidance by our volunteer coordinator.


Please contact our volunteer coordinator with any further questions.