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Volunteers are a crucial part of the work we do each day. From dog walking to laundry, clerical to cleaning, there is something for everyone, and it all supports the lifesaving mission of the Richmond SPCA.

New volunteer sessions have been suspended in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. We will not be holding new volunteer sessions or hosting volunteer groups until at least the end of April 2021. Please check back in May for updates. Once training sessions are resumed, we will begin taking new volunteer applications and updates will be shared on this page.

Volunteer Eligibility

Volunteers who are 14 years of age or older may volunteer independently.

Youth volunteers under the age of 14 may volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over the age of 18. Youth volunteers much be at least 7 years old.

Parents/guardians of youth volunteers under the age of 14 should create their accounts in their own (the parent/guardian’s) names, with their own birth dates and age information.

To remain an active volunteer, we ask that you volunteer at least once every six months. Volunteers who lapse more than six months between shifts are automatically deactivated and required to retake all prior training sessions.

The Richmond SPCA does not accept court-mandated volunteers.

Group Opportunities

Are you part of a scout, school, work, religious, neighborhood or other group that’s interested in taking on a project that helps animals in our community?

We offer a limited number of group volunteer opportunities at our humane center. Contact our volunteer department at 804-521-1329 or email us if you are interested in scheduling a volunteer day for your group.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • Foster Care
    Foster care volunteers save lives by expanding our capacity to shelter and care for homeless animals beyond the walls of our Robins-Starr Humane Center by taking care of our pets in their own homes.
  • Running Buddies
    Volunteers ages 18 and over give our dogs some extra exercise by taking them on runs, enhancing our pets’ health and happiness.
  • Animal Brigade Service Club
    Middle school students (grades 6 through 8) learn more about their four-legged friends and how to help them through volunteer projects and humane education.

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