Volunteers are a critical component in the work of the Georgia SPCA to find Forever Homes for the cats and dogs at the kennel. Volunteers work side by side with staff at the kennel in roles such as dog walkers, kennel assistants, event coordinators and staffers, as well as photographers, social media contributors and web site design. Join our family of volunteers and staff and leave your own special "paw print" on the hearts of our animals. Our volunteer program is coordinated by Laura Wade, Volunteer Coordinator. Email Laura with any questions you have that are not answered on this page. NOTE: There is a separate program/system for people who need verified community service hours, see here .
Fostering is a great way for families to volunteer together, or for people who love pets but are unable to bring one into their home permanently. Our foster program is coordinated by Devin Raffensperger, Foster Coordinator, who can answer any questions you have about the program. More information about fostering is here, or email Devin with questions.
Volunteers Under 16:
The age limit to volunteer at the kennel is 16. However there are many ways those under 16 can help us, please see below for suggestions and ideas. If you are in need of verified service hours for school, please email Laura for a list of suggested projects you can do, including instructions and the hours of credit you'll receive for each project. There are other opportunities, such as camp counselors, graphic design, photography, social media help, etc., that young people of all ages can do to help. Email Laura for the project list, or better yet, your ideas on how you can help! Once you've completed the project, we invite you and your group, if sok, to a special tour of the kennel and we will feature your efforts on our website and Facebook page.
Requirements for volunteering:
- Volunteer for 6 hours or more monthly for at least 6 months
- Wear the GA SPCA Volunteer t-shirt while volunteering at the kennel
- $20 volunteer orientation fee covers t-shirt, handbook and training
- Be able to receive emails as main communication method with Volunteer Coordinator; all volunteers are invited to join a closed Facebook group
- Strongly encouraged to commit to a regular shift (weekly or bi-weekly) for first two months of volunteering
- Volunteer must not have any history of animal abuse
We are also recruiting volunteers with a specific skill - be it graphic art, photography, videography, marketing, business, etc. If you have a skill or talent you would like to lend to the Georgia SPCA, please email Laura Wade, Volunteer Coordinator, with a description of your expertise and your general availability.
For a description of volunteer activities at the GASPCA, please click here.
NOTE: If you need mandated and/or verified community service hours for school or court DO NOT FILL OUT A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION. Community service workers have a seperate orientation and sign up process. Click here for information about Community Service requirements, orientation and opportunities.