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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 demand our volunteer needs are currently filled. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back as our volunteer needs and coverage may change, and we will post any updates here.
All volunteers must wear masks for the duration of their shifts. Volunteers are expected to sanitize their hands frequently and to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible. Each volunteer will receive a COVID Health Agreement outlining our COVID procedures and is expected to sign this agreement verifying both understanding and adherence to those instructions.
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. If you are not able to commit to four months of service, but would still like to volunteer, please read more about our community volunteer days below.
The Richmond SPCA does not accept court-mandated volunteers.
We are currently most in need of volunteers with weekday availability between the hours of 8am and 4pm. 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.
The Richmond SPCA offers a limited number of group volunteer opportunities between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. All group volunteer activities begin with a brief training session covering how to work with animals at our humane center.
Adult volunteer groups (16+) generally work with the volunteer management team to provide enrichment to both dogs and cats in our care. Our capacity for groups of adult volunteers is 10.
Youth volunteer groups (15 and under) generally assist with cleaning and then spend time with one dog and one cat in our care. Youth volunteer groups require one chaperone for every 4 volunteers below the age of 14, and have a maximum capacity of 15, including chaperones.
Contact our volunteer department at 804-521-1329 or email us if you are interested in scheduling a volunteer day for your group. Both adult and youth volunteer groups must have at least 4 participants to be scheduled.
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