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Current Volunteer Needs

Thank you so much for your interest in working with our pets! There are many different ways to help the animals and our shelter.

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Adults (16+) Volunteer Program
Student Volunteers (ages 13-15)
Kids Club (10-12) | Pet Pals (6-9)

Adult Volunteer Program: People 16+ can apply for this program. A basic orientation is required to go over safety protocols and training regimens that we implement here with our animals. Click orientation to see the dates when classes are offered. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to sign up for a class or to find out more.

What kind of volunteers are we looking for? We are looking for volunteers that can make socializing animals part of their weekly or monthly routine. Kind hearts and positive attitudes are a must. The animals don't care if you're an extrovert or an introvert, they only care that you are gentle and offer them the love and comfort they need. Being cooperative with staff and complying with rules helps everyone as well. Check out the orientation schedule here.

Student Volunteer Program: Teens 13-15 may apply for this program with the permission of their parents or guardians. Teens will come with a parent/guardian who is over 18 to an orientation covering safety and humane pet training, along with what our expectations of them are and what they can expect from us. Since we do not require parents to accompany this age group, they are restricted to how much they can interact with pets. Our teens' main responsibility is to teach our dogs good manners through their kennel doors. They will not be permitted to walk dogs or work with any other pets at this time, so this program may not be for everyone. Orientations are held on an as-needed basis. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more info.

Kids Club & Pet Pals: Kids 6-12 may apply for these programs with their parents or guardians over 18. Kids will meet at the shelter once a month during the school year for a brief educational program before working with pets along with their parents. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this program, there is a waiting list. Orientation for kids and parents is required. Once a family has come through the year of kids club, graduates can come with their parents to work with pets at any time! However, at no time is it permissible to drop kids off at the shelter. We do not have the staff to monitor them to keep them safe. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to get on the roster or for more info.


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