Volunteer

Volunteers are a critical component in the work of the Georgia SPCA to find Forever Homes for the cats and dogs at the kennel. Our 300+ volunteers help with everything from walking dogs, cleaning cages and food bowls to planning fundraising and special events! Join our family of volunteers and staff and leave your own special "paw print" on the hearts of our animals. For a description of volunteer activities at the GASPCA, please click here.

We welcome anyone 16 years and older who would like to volunteer their time and is interested in making a difference. We ask for a one-year commitment of at least six hours a month. The first step in becoming a Georgia SPCA volunteer is to fill out the online Volunteer Application (button to the left). After submitting your application, you will receive an email with information about upcoming Volunteer Orientations where you’ll learn more about us and the opportunities we offer, as well as participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter. After orientation, volunteers will have the ability and know-how to schedule themselves for volunteer activities at the GASPCA and can begin volunteering. Certain volunteer assignments require additional training, but most rely on hands-on training from other volunteers and/or staff.  A $15 orientation fee covers orientation handouts and a GASPCA Volunteer T-Shirt. If you have any questions, please email Laura Wade, Volunteer Coordinator. NOTE: This does not apply for community service hours - whether court ordered or for school; see below for information on how to apply for this separate program.

NOTE: Much of the time GASPCA Volunteers spend at the kennel is spent helping staff clean up after and care for our animals. If your interest is to visit or pet the animals, you are welcome to come visit whenever we are open to the public and you do not need to become a volunteer.
 

Volunteer opportunities for those under age 16 include:

  • Teens 14-17 may apply for Volunteer Camp Counselor positions at GA SPCA's Spring Break and Summer Camps.  Please contact Laura Wade for an application.
  • Because our building is small and often filled with animals, staff and volunteers, hosting a large group of young people to do a service project is often counterproductive to the day-to-day work of caring for our animals. However groups of young people, whether a scout troops or a class, have made a significant contribution to the work of the SPCA outside of the kennel by holding fundraisers, a Wish List donation drive, making dog and cat treats, etc. Please contact Laura Wade, Volunteer Coordinator, for information on some of the successful projects young people have done. If your school or group choose to do a project, GA SPCA staff will be happy to come to your group to share more about the work of the SPCA and bring an adoptable pet(s) if appropriate.

COURT ORDERED COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERING: The Georgia SPCA welcomes volunteers who need to complete court ordered community service hours. These volunteers assist kennel staff with daily duties at the shelter, such as cleaning enclosures, washing dishes, folding laundry, and other duties as assigned, seven days a week.To complete Court Ordered Community Service you do not need to complete Volunteer Orientation. Community Service Volunteer Orientations are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. If you need community service hours and are considering GASPCA, come to the shelter for an orientation (do not phone). You will receive credit for an hour of service for the orientation. You must be at least 18 years to participate, must provide ID and documentation verifying the type of offense. We allow a variety of offenses including DUIs, traffic violations, loitering, and various misdemeanors, at the discretion of the Georgia SPCA. Felonies, violent offenses (assault, battery etc.) or animal charges are not eligible to perform community service with the Georgia SPCA.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE. If you or your child need volunteer hours for school please contact the front desk and ask to be scheduled for community service hours. We can no longer provide school community service hours to those under 16. Volunteers in this program need not take volunteer orientation unless they plan on volunteering beyond their required school hours. Duties include cleaning cat crates, dog and cat food bowls, sweeping, mopping, etc. In order to have your school paper signed you must have your volunteer hours verified with the Front Desk Manager.

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