Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in the SPCA of Texas Volunteer Program! SPCA of Texas volunteers give their hearts, their time and their all to make every day special for the animals waiting for homes. Volunteers help fulfill our mission by assisting in many ways both in the shelter and in the community.

Current volunteers may access our Volunteer Hub portal and sign up to help out 24-hours a day!

Volunteer Sign In

How do volunteers help the animals?

As a volunteer, you’ll save and enrich animal lives, do good things for the community, make new friends, discover new skills and enjoy tail wags, purrs and happy faces.

Signing up is easy

It's easy to become an SPCA of Texas volunteer! And there are so many ways to volunteer to help the SPCA of Texas fulfill our mission to provide all animals exceptional care and a loving home.

Please note that to become an SPCA of Texas volunteer, you must be 16 years of age or older, or, if you are 12-15 years old, you may volunteer with a parent or legal guardian who is also a volunteer.

The animals are waiting for your love!

How to become an SPCA of Texas Volunteer

Step One

Sign up

Create a Volunteer Hub account and fill out the Volunteer Application. 

Please note, if you are a parent signing up you and your child, please complete the volunteer application for yourself and then for your child.

Step Two

Submit Your Volunteer Registration Fee

After you submit your application (for each volunteer individually), please visit our payment form to submit your non-refundable volunteer fee of $35 for each volunteer.

This fee is used to offset the cost of aprons, badges, along with covering basic administrative costs and the background check, which is run after orientation.

Please note, if you are a parent signing up you and your child, please complete the payment process for both yourself and your child.

Step Three

Register for orientation

After your payment is verified, you will be able to sign up for orientation through VolunteerHub.

Step Four

Attend New Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer orientations are held four to six times per month (orientations take place at both of our two shelters each month), are approximately two hours long, and serve to jump-start you on your path to becoming a volunteer through a presentation by our Volunteer team, interactions with the Volunteer team and other new volunteers, watching instructional videos and other fun and enlightening activities. After you complete the new volunteer orientation, your background check will be completed and you'll be ready to schedule a time to come in to talk with our team about how you'd like to help us!

Step Five

Choose volunteer jobs you like

To do this, you'll Interview for a specific volunteer position or positions you would like to fill. This is as simple as chatting with our Volunteer team to determine which of the available volunteer jobs you'd like to spend your time doing. Our goal is to make the perfect match for you and the animals.

Step Six

Train for your new volunteer job

You will be placed in a training program geared specifically for your chosen job(s) to provide you the best support as you help us provide the animals exceptional care and a loving home. By the end of this training, you'll be able to begin walking dogs, hanging out with cats and so much more!

Volunteer Position Examples

There are many ways volunteers can make an enormous difference in animal lives at the SPCA of Texas. Here is a list of a few examples of how you can help:

Shelter Opportunities

  • Animal Handling (Dogs or Cats)
  • Shelter Operations Assistant
  • PetSmart Specialist
  • Clinic Patient Services
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Animal Behavior Trainer
  • Play Group
  • Admitting Tech Assistant
  • Communications
  • Livestock Assistant
  • Surgery Tech Assistant

Out of Shelter Opportunities

  • iFoster Parent
  • Pet Grief Support
  • Compassion Connection
  • Customer Care Center
  • Voluntweep
  • Education
  • Computer Entry
  • Special Events


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SPCA of Texas Voices

"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

Pet Owner