Our Mission

The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold:


By prevention of cruelty and suffering for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs.


through our serious commitment in placing only stable, safe and well-adjusted animals into homes where they will thrive while simultaneously educating the public about responsible pet guardianship.

Volunteers are crucial to the quality of care the FSAC-SPCA provides to the animals here at the shelter and at any satellite adoption site. You can make a difference in their lives every time you come in to the shelter or volunteer at one of our many community events. The ultimate goal is to make certain that the animals are happy, healthy and well-socialized. All these things improve their chances for adoption.

Contact Information

If you have questions about volunteering, please send an email to volunteer@fsac-spca.org. Your email will be answered as soon as possible.

Time Commitment

Volunteers are needed every day we are open to the public for the FSAC-SPCA to be successful in all that we are striving to accomplish. This includes evenings and weekends, here at the shelter, at our satellite adoption center or at off-site events. These opportunities vary each month, but all require a sincere commitment to the needs of the shelter.  We ask that our volunteers be serious about their volunteer time and make an on-going commitment to the shelter.  A dedicated group of volunteers makes all the difference to the animals at the FSAC-SPCA.

How to Get Started

Volunteer positions are open to qualified applicants who can make an ongoing dedication to our animals. You do need certain skills for some of the positions.

Please visit our Volunteer Job Opportunities page to familiarize yourself with the jobs and training requirements.

  1. A Volunteer Application must be filled out and mailed, faxed, emailed or dropped off at the shelter.

  2. After we review your application, you will be contacted for a training class if we have positions open that meet your skills. You are required to pre-register for training, so it is important that you confirm your attendance.

Community Service           

For school community service hours, we request that you contact us as soon as you know you need to fulfill hours.  Please have all of your required paperwork ready and be able to give contact and deadline information along with your application. Because of our training requirements, it takes time to get volunteers through the process and comfortable with their responsibilities.  While we always strive to help with this, it is not our responsibility to make sure your hours are fulfilled by the deadline. When hour sheets are due, please notify the Manager one week prior to the deadline to ensure enough time for processing.

For court appointed community service hours, you must submit a volunteer application as well as all court issued paperwork. Your paperwork will be reviewed and you will be notified if your application has been accepted. If you are accepted into the volunteer program, you will be scheduled for training.  We reserve the right to refuse court appointed community service applicants for any reason.  If you do not follow the above procedure and comply with all requirements set forth, we will not approve your application and will consider your application closed.


 Our group opportunities are project-based since we require that all volunteers who will be working directly with the animals attend our orientation and training sessions. Below is a list of community service projects that will help improve the lives of animals at the FSAC-SPCA. If you wish to receive formal credit for a project, please fill out our community service project application in advance of your project so that it can be reviewed by the Community Outreach Manager.

  • Bake Biscuits for the Dogs and Cats – You can get great recipes on the internet.

  • Hold a Bake Sale or a Lemonade Stand - Choose a public place (make sure you get approval) and sell home baked goodies. The money you raise will be used for our programs!

  • Hold a Penny or Coin Drive - Organize a campaign in your school or group for everyone to bring in their loose change.

  • Organize a Car Wash - Where the funds will be used for homeless animals! You can work on obtaining a location, make signs, and advertise!

  • Have a Yard Sale – you can charge per table or have people donate a portion of their money to the SPCA.

  • Hold a sports tournament, dance or battle of the bands! Get your entire school involved.

  • Find a spot and have a spaghetti dinner. Most community buildings don’t charge a high fee to rent.

  • Build or make something that will benefit the animals in our care. Beds, cat trees, or go bigger and see what your community will donate for the animals. Need some ideas, ask us!

  • Collect Donations / Organize a Donation Drive - Collect items from our wish list for animals at our shelter and in foster care. Items such as toys and blankets make their stay more comfortable. You can decorate a bin and ask to place it in a public area as a drop off point or design signs to put up at school or your parent’s place of employment.

  • Landscaping Around the Center – Help us keep our building and surrounding areas looking pleasant and welcoming by weeding, planting flowers, trimming bushes and trees.