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The Houston SPCA Volunteer Program
Making a Difference

Thank you for your interest in the Houston SPCA Volunteer Program! The Houston SPCA has hundreds of dedicated volunteers helping us help the animals. Without these compassionate, caring people, we could not continue our efforts on behalf of the animals.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (some volunteer opportunities require individuals to be 18 years old) and be able to commit to at least two hours per week for a minimum of six months. In addition, volunteers must also have consistent access to the internet and email to schedule their volunteer shifts and receive important volunteer updates.

Volunteer Opportunities

Direct Animal Care

Assist potential adopters find companion animals, clean animal areas and housing, walk or socialize animals in the following areas:

  • Cats
  • Large dogs                                                                        
  • Small dogs and puppies
  • Small mammals

Website - Rabbit Volunteer

Admissions

Receive incoming animals and assist in completing necessary paperwork. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 20 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Barn

Assist with feeding, bathing and socializing the farm animals. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 20 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Adoption Desk

Assist with the adoption process, answer phones, take cruelty and lost & found reports and greet clients. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 20 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Community Education

Assist with tours of the facility, birthday parties and Critter Camp (summer, spring break and winter break). Volunteers must have a minimum of 20 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Laundry

Wash and fold laundry that is used for our regular shelter activities. Volunteers must have a minimum of 20 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Mobile Adoptions

Find homes for Houston SPCA animals at various locations throughout Houston. Examples of locations include Neiman Marcus and Toyota Center. Volunteers must have a minimum of 10 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Photography

Take photos of adoptable animals for the Houston SPCA website. Volunteers must have photo-edit software on their personal computer and have a minimum of 20 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Special Events

Assist with fundraisers, microchip clinics and other community outreach events. Volunteers must have a minimum of 10 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Surgery

Assist veterinary staff by cleaning and preparing pre- and post-op kennels, preparing surgery packs and comforting animals post-surgery. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 20 hours in a direct animal care area to be considered for this opportunity.

Website - Dog Volunteer

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer court-appointed community service? We do not at this time.

Is there availability for one-time volunteering? Unfortunately, because of the amount of training required to work with our animals we do not offer one-time training opportunities for individuals. We do offer corporate group opportunities twice a month on Fridays. If you are interested in a group opportunity for your company, please email Robyn at rgearhart@houstonspca.org.

Can my 15-year-old volunteer at the SPCA if I’m with him/her? We do not offer any volunteer opportunities for those under the age of 16. We do, however, offer spring, winter and summer camp for young people 8-15 years old. Learn more about Critter Camp.

Is it possible to volunteer for only a couple of months? We require a volunteer commitment of at least a six-month period. It takes a lot of time and energy to properly orient and train volunteers, and since our volunteers play such an important role in the organization, we will only accept applicants who are willing to make a long-term commitment.

Can I be a volunteer if I have a criminal record? We do not accept applicants with a history of sexual offense, violent crime, theft or animal neglect/cruelty. We require all volunteer applicants to state any past criminal record and reserve the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer.  

I prefer to fill out a paper application. Can I come down to the shelter to do so? No, we do not offer paper applications. All of our applications are to be completed online.

If I do not currently have a credit/debit card, can I pay the application fee in person with another payment method? No, our payment portal is linked to our application process and must be completed online using a debit/credit card.

For more information, please email rgearhart@houstonspca.org or call 713-869-7722, ext. 123. 


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