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Our process

Step 1: Complete an application.

This application helps our staff understand your passions and skills in order to find the best fit for you at our organization. 

Once we review your application, we will follow up with you via email with next steps in the volunteer process. The review process for your application can take up to a week once submitted.

We ask that volunteers are able to commit to 8 hours a month for 6 months.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Schedule and attend a Volunteer Orientation

Once you application is reviewed and accepted, you will be invited to attend an upcoming Volunteer Orientation. Our Volunteer Orientation is an interactive learning experience where you get to learn about the volunteer opportunities the PSPCA has to offer, as well as spend some time with our animal residents!

Step 3: Schedule and attend Shelter Essentials and Animal Handling Trainings

Once you complete Volunteer Orientation, you will be invited to schedule shelter essentials training and animal handling classes for our canine and feline residents. Based on your interests, we can also get you set up to attend department-specific trainings to specialize in those areas of our shelter.

Questions or want to learn more? Contact our Volunteer Manager at

*We apologize for the inconvenience, but we do not currently have a program for individuals under the age of 18.