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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Richmond SPCA! Our volunteers go above and beyond to ensure the health and happiness of animals in our care and contribute to the success of the lifesaving programs we deliver to the community. Through cleaning, clerical work, enrichment, reward-based training and community outreach, the support volunteers give helps us to save thousands of lives each year. We are looking for more dedicated and compassionate folks to join our team. Read on to see if our program is right for you.
Due to overwhelming community response, we are not accepting new volunteers at this time. Please email the volunteer department at email@example.com to be added to the waiting list. We will continue to host corporations interested in group volunteer opportunities on a weekly basis. Please email the volunteer department for available dates and times at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are expected to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible. Each volunteer will receive a COVID Health Agreement outlining our COVID procedures.
Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to work independently with dogs, and 14 years of age or older to work independently with cats. Volunteers below these ages may work with these animals if volunteering with a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Parents/guardians of youth volunteers should submit applications in their own (the parent/guardian’s) name, with their own birth date and age information.
Approved volunteers will gain access to our online platform where they can view available opportunities, sign up for shifts, and track their hours. Unless otherwise noted, volunteer shift days and times are firm and cannot be moved. Volunteers will also receive a weekly email newsletter with updates and information about volunteer activities.
Robins-Starr Humane Center
Volunteer shifts in our humane center generally last one to two hours between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. They typically accommodate one to two volunteers, or more if all participants live in the same household. Sample humane center shifts:
Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital
Volunteer shifts in our veterinary hospital generally last two to three hours between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Many of these shifts have a strict one to two person capacity due to space limitations. Sample hospital shifts:
Volunteer assignments in our community are available more intermittently and may last from three to seven hours. Sample shifts:
Richmond SPCA volunteers must commit to giving four hours of service each month for a period of four months. To remain active after the four-month period, you must perform at least one shift every three months. Failure to meet these requirements will result in account deactivation, and to resume volunteering you would need to restart the application process.
The Richmond SPCA does not accept court-mandated volunteers.
We are currently most in need of volunteers with weekday availability between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Specific shifts needed during this time include:
All interested volunteers must submit an online application, to be reviewed by the volunteer management team. If we feel you may be a good fit for our program, we will email you to schedule a virtual meet and greet to get to know you. Applicants who are accepted into our program will be invited to complete a general orientation lasting one hour. Following orientation, you’ll have an active profile on our volunteer portal to begin signing up for shifts.
Shifts that involve working directly with animals require additional training. Orientations and trainings are all online to be completed at the volunteer’s convenience.
Our advanced pet enrichment and training teams require more intensive in-person training.
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