Kitten being bottle fed

Volunteer Opportunities

For information about volunteering with the Dutchess County SPCA, please send an email to volunteer@dcspca.org or call 845-452-7722, ext. 433.

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a Volunteer Orientation. **Our next orientation is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to volunteer@dcspca.org.**

Thank you!!

  • Donations drive for only goods on the list of supplies, or for cash
  • Goods need to be delivered to the shelter at a pre-arranged day/time.
  • We can try to accommodate a group photo with an animal to pose.
  • We  will post a social media thank you of the donation so all children must have a valid photo release on file w the hosting troop.
  • We can provide a signage kit (banner, table flyers, etc) for event tabling on behalf of the agency.  Waivers required.

An on-call position as needed

Shelter Events

Annual Fundraising Events, Radiothon and Holiday Gift for the Animals

Solicitation Volunteers – Auction and Sponsorship

ODisplay Merchandise

Furniture Placement

Merchandise sorting

Customer Service/Sales

Good Communication skills

Training provided -Thrift Store Manager

  • Individual Volunteer orientations are held twice a year.  Must attend to be considered.
  • Animal care volunteers need to commit to a REGULAR schedule with a minimum 4 of hours per week.  We rely on volunteers to help us keep the animals healthy and happy so we need to know we can count on you.
  • Event volunteers need to commit on a per project basis for a task. Soliciting support for special events.

  • Donations drive for only goods on the list of supplies, or for cash
  • Goods need to be delivered to the shelter at a pre-arranged day/time.
  • We can accommodate a group photo and an animal to pose with for social media.
  • Work detail groups will be considered on an individual basis. Waivers required.
  • We can provide a signage kit (banner, table flyers, etc) for event tabling on behalf of the agency.  Waivers required.
  • Accept volunteers who require supervision from staff or outside agents
  • Accept volunteers on non-regular schedules
  • Attend special events or meetings (unless the events supports fundraising)
  • Provide shelter animals to attend events
  • Provide owned animals to attend events
  • Accept walk-in volunteers
  • Accept volunteers who require documentation of service – no court ordered

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be at least 18 years of age before you can walk dogs, 16 years of age to work in the cat room, or otherwise have contact with any of the animals.  We apologize for the restriction, but issues related to insurance force us to impose this requirement.

You can organize a drive to collect items from our Wish List.  You can ask your friends, relatives, neighbors, and classmates if they’d like to donate things such as blankets, towels, dog toys, bags of kitty litter, cleaning supplies, etc.  These donations are very helpful to us, since we use-up an enormous amount of supplies every year.

You and your family can also help with foster care.

You should be able to read and communicate well enough to follow instructions.  You should get along well with others, because you will have to work closely with staff members or other volunteers.  But you should also have the ability to work independently  without close supervision.

Yes, and the whole family can help with this rewarding job!  We’re always looking for people who can provide temporary care and housing to young or ill animals.  The animals would live with you for a period of a few weeks, until they can be returned to the SPCA for adoption. You can learn about the program on our website Foster Program.

Yes.  If you have an animal-care job, we request that you agree to volunteer for at least two hours per week, for at least a year.  (You’re welcome to commit to a longer shift, if your schedule allows it.)  We apologize for imposing such stringent requirements.  The reason is this:  the staff and existing volunteers invest substantial time and effort into training new “recruits”.  Having a large turn-over would put a strain on everyone involved.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule.  Please see the explanation further below.

Yes.  Foster care is performed in your home, so there is no particular schedule.  Special Event help is done on an as-needed basis.

Some of the other non-animal-care jobs are also more flexible about time commitments.  Ask us for details.

No, unfortunately we do not.

Based on availability, please contact us for details

You may be scheduled to help with a special event.  You can do this without attending our “Orientation” sessions.  Advance notice is required, usually at least two weeks. Please use the contact information at the top of the page to sign up for a special event!

You can also organize a drive to gather items from our Wish List.  Just keep track of how much time you spend on this project, and we’ll sign any documents required by your school.

Once you have completed our “orientation” sessions, the staff and existing volunteers will work with you to determine a mutually acceptable schedule.