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Current Volunteer Needs

Some JMU SMAD majors who are volunteers at the shelter created this video.
Cinematography: Jessie Karach
Editing: Jessie Karach and Tony Schaffner
Music: "Dakota" By Ben Palmer

Volunteers ages 16 and above are always needed to socialize our pets. All volunteers are required to attend the Basic Pet Socialization class prior to working with our animals. If you're interested in registering for a class, click here: "orientation" to learn more!

There are a variety of other activities volunteers can assist with as well, some of which are listed on the menu to the left below the "volunteer" button. If you have a talent you would like to share that doesn't appear on the list, please feel free to let us know!

Attention College Students required to do interviews for a class project:

Due to the overwhelming number of requests we recieve to grant interviews for class projects, we have the following policy:
* Interviews are granted as time permits, and preference is given to shelter volunteers.
* Please complete the Request for Interview and Information form and either fax it to us at (540)432-9509, or bring it to the shelter. Note: This application is NOT for becoming a volunteer, it is for class papers, group projects, etc. If your professor also requires volunteer hours, visit the "orientation" page of this website for class dates.
* If an interview can be granted, you will be contacted by the appropriate staff person, depending on the goals of your project, to schedule an appointment for the interview.
*************No interview questions will be answered by email******

Children ages 6-12 may apply to participate in our "Kid's Club" (click on the link for more information)

Youth ages 13-15 may apply to become a Teen Volunteer (click on the link for more information)

Click here to print an application for either the Teen Program or the Kid's Club or you may contact Lauren, Humane Educator/Volunteer Coordinator, by email, or call her at (540)434-5270. Monday-Friday, 10-4

Applications for youth interested in either of the above programs may be printed and brought to the shelter, or faxed to us at (540)432-9509.

Orientations for the teen program are held on an as-needed basis, generally September (for those needing service hours for school), and May (for those wishing to volunteer for the summer). Teen volunteers may continue for as long as they desire regardless of whether or not they need school credit for the hours. Once they reach age 16, they may transition into the adult program after they meet with Candy to complete the necessary additional training. Please contact her at for more details about this requirement.

New member orientations for Kid's Club are held an hour before the first club meeting to be attended.


Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA
2170 Old Furnace Road
P.O. Box 413
Harrisonburg, VA  22803
Phone: 540-434-5270
Fax: 540-432-9509