Thank you for considering Pope Memorial SPCA!

Volunteering provides numerous ways to work directly with homeless pets as well as to provide assistance toward their welfare. We provide volunteers specific training to safely and efficiently assist shelter staff and the many animals in our care.

Pope Memorial SPCA is dependent on volunteers to assist with many aspects of our operations. 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 a handyman, please let us know. We’ll find a way to put your talent to use!

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.


Step 1: Review the volunteer requirements

– Volunteers are asked to make a minimum six-month commitment to the shelter.

– Many shelter positions require a minimum of 8 service hours per month.

– All scheduling is done online through our scheduling software Volgistics. Volunteers must sign up for their shifts in advance. Because we are a busy and fast-paced animal shelter, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins.

Volunteer Age Requirements:

-Volunteers 12-15 years of age are eligible to join our youth volunteer program and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 21. For more information regarding volunteer activities open to persons under age 16, contact our Volunteer Coordinator using the form below.

– Beginning at age 16, youth may volunteer independently at the shelter without a parent or guardian.


Step 2: Sign up for an orientation

At orientation, we provide an overview of our programs and services, review safety protocols, outline expectations and share available volunteer opportunities. Then we will guide you through the next steps in enrolling as a volunteer.

A $10 donation is required to reserve your spot at orientation. If you registering for our youth program, the parent/ guardian and child must both register.

Please note, our shelter does not have the space to accommodate large numbers of volunteers at each shift. If there is a specific activity you are interested in, please use the form below to check availability.



NOTE: You must pre-register for volunteer orientations.
Please click link below to register for the date you’d like to attend.

Saturday, October 6th  9:00-10:00am

Saturday, October 6th  10:30-11:30am

Saturday, November 3rd  9:00-10:00am

Saturday, November 3rd  10:30-11:30am


Step 3: Fill out a volunteer application

After attending Orientation, you will be invited submit a volunteer application. Once processed, you will receive additional trainings as needed for the specific activities you are enrolled in.


Thank you again – we appreciate your interest in helping homeless pets in need!

Please contact our volunteer coordinator with any further questions.