Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SPCA Cincinnati! Volunteers contribute to the success of everything we do, and our animals benefit immensely from our volunteers’ time and compassion. Volunteers know that they are making a real difference in the lives of animals in need while contributing to the success of every department. Please carefully review the information below to determine if we offer the volunteer experience that you are seeking.
Already a volunteer? Log in to Volgistics here:
Volunteers are involved in most areas of our organization, and we are continuously evaluating our needs to develop additional opportunities! You can see a listing and description of our current opportunities here.
Please complete the appropriate online volunteer application below:
Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to Lee Ann Luxenberger, Volunteer Services Manager at email@example.com.
Why volunteer with SPCA Cincinnati?
SPCA Cincinnati has been a trusted leader in animal welfare in Ohio and the Tri-State area for over 140 years. We see over 13,000 animals come through our doors annually and our volunteers are important members of our team who aid us in caring for those animals. SPCA Cincinnati volunteers
Is there anything that I should consider before applying to be a volunteer?
SPCA Cincinnati needs mature, compassionate, and reliable volunteers. Please consider the following before completing a volunteer application:
If you answer ‘no’ to any of the questions above, we might not be the best fit for you at this time.
Why can’t I just come in to play with puppies and kittens?
All SPCA Cincinnati volunteers are interviewed and matched with a volunteer role that we feel best fits our needs as an organization. They must then attend New Volunteer Orientation to learn more about our organization and our expectations. Volunteers working with dogs must also complete and pass 3 hours of Volunteer Handler Training. Team Leaders will also provide assignment-specific training. This training is required for your safety and for the best interest of the animals in our care. Part of a volunteer’s responsibilities includes playing with animals, of course. But, cleaning, teaching basic behavior, and interacting with the public are also part of their responsibilities. All of these require training to ensure safety of our animals, employees, and volunteers. All of our volunteers are on a schedule so that we know that the animals are receiving care each day and at scheduled times. We require approved volunteers to sign up so that we are not over or under booked in various areas of our organization.
Do you offer group volunteer opportunities?
Yes! We welcome small groups of up to 10 volunteers to serve with us. Group volunteers (businesses, schools, religious and/or civic organizations) will perform support work for the organization and will not be working directly with animals. All volunteers in the group must be 16 years of age or older. Email Lee Ann Luxenberger, Volunteer Services Manager, with questions or to request a date.
Do you offer opportunities for school or court-mandated community service hours?
Yes! Individuals who require community service hours for school or for Diversion Program through the court system may earn hours through SPCA Cincinnati. There are different requirements and applications for each. These short-term volunteers are not required to attend New Volunteer Orientation, but will be oriented to their assignment by a manager or lead volunteer. Please plan ahead – it will generally take at least 2 weeks to process your application and get you set up if accepted. We cannot accommodate last minute requests.
Are there any ways that kids under age 16 can help?
Absolutely! Kids can help our animals in many ways. Here are some ideas to get you started: