The mission of the First State Animal Center and SPCA is twofold:
WE PROTECT ANIMALS FROM PEOPLE…
by prevention of cruelty and suffering, rescue of the trapped or injured, emergency medical treatment, temporary housing for homeless animals and the reduction of homeless pet overpopulation through targeted spay/neuter and education programs.
AND WE PROTECT PEOPLE FROM ANIMALS…
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.
If you have questions about volunteering, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be answered as soon as possible. If you do not have email, call 943-6032, ext 120.
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.
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.