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Animal Brigade Service Club Fall 2024

Important Notice: We are currently hiring for a new manager of humane education and will be delaying our Fall 2024 Animal Brigade as a result. Applications will be reviewed in late August or early September with notifications being sent to selected Animal Brigade participants no earlier than September 15. The schedule of Animal Brigade activities will not start before October 1, 2024. We appreciate your patience as we work to fill our open position and are grateful for your interest in our youth programming!

The Richmond SPCA’s Animal Brigade Service Club is a wonderful way for middle school students (grades 6 through 8) to learn more about their four-legged friends and how to help them through volunteer projects and humane education. This club is held twice a year with fall and spring sessions.

Our Animal Brigade Service Club holds a fall and spring session, each of which includes four Saturday mornings of activities (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.).

Topics and activities for Animal Brigade sessions vary depending on the needs of the Richmond SPCA and the animals in our care. Activities Projects might include: socializing and bathing dogs, making cat toys, collecting wish list items for homeless animals, learning about issues that affect animals and contribute to animal homelessness, passing out treats to dogs and cats in our care, folding laundry and learning about pet behavior and reward-based training.

Please read our health-related policies and procedures for Animal Brigade.

Payment of Animal Brigade Service Club dues of $80 per four-week session can be made by cash or check at the first meeting of the semester, or by credit card online. Checks should be made out to Richmond SPCA. Please do not send payment with your application.

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