VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Volunteers are a vital part of the Central Texas SPCA team. As a private, non-profit organization, we rely on the assistance of our caring and dedicated volunteers to carry out daily tasks and advocate our mission. Giving your time, talent and love makes such a positive difference in the lives of our shelter animals!
Why Volunteer at the Central Texas SPCA?
- Be a part of a dedicated team helping homeless dogs and cats in our community.
- Meet people who hold similar interests.
- Share special skills and have the opportunity to learn new ones.
- Gain valuable experience for animal related careers.
- Interact directly with dogs and cats or participate in other important areas that support the animals.
- Help children develop a sense of community and responsibility through our Youth Volunteer Program where fun opportunities await them and parent/child relationships grow.
- Enjoy wet kisses and tail wags full of appreciation!
There are many volunteer opportunities with the Central Texas SPCA. Please contact us to find out how you can get involved.
You should LOVE working around animals of all kinds and have a genuine concern for animal welfare.
- Eligibility -
We offer different levels of service to fit your family demographics. Please review the following information to find the Volunteer Program that is right for you.
Youth Volunteers: created for the ages of 10 - 11 years old, this program allows kids in this age range to accompany a parent/legal guardian who is the primary volunteer in the team. A parent/child ratio of 1:1 is required. Children may interact only with the shelter cats and only with parent volunteer present and supervising at all times. Safety is key to this program, therefore, acceptance in this program is based on successful completion of orientation and training. The child must attend orientation with their parent and demonstrate they are comfortable with and can conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner around the cats and kittens. After orientation, a trained volunteer will assess the child's readiness for direct contact with the cats. Should their determination be that the child isn't quite ready, we will happily offer other age-appropriate volunteer opportunities to the child.
Junior Youth Volunteers: created for the ages of 12 - 14 years old, this program includes limited animal interaction as a dog or cat caretaker with parental supervision. Parent participation is key to this program with each parent acting as the primary volunteer of the child/parent team. It also gives the option to fulfill any of the Pee Wee Youth Volunteer opportunities. More Information
Senior Youth Volunteers: created for the ages of 15 through 17 years old, this program includes limited animal interaction as a dog or cat caretaker. Parental consent and successful completion of orientation/training is required. It also gives the option to fulfill any of the other Youth Volunteer opportunities. More Information
Youth School/Community Service Projects: please Click Here to be taken to the separate section and application process below.
Adult Volunteers: adults over the age of 18 are eligible to participate in all aspects of our volunteer program.
- Time Commitment -
In an effort to maintain consistent and familiar care of the animals, we recommend the all volunteers commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours per month.
As a primary point of contact we also recommend Office Assistants commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours per month.
- Volunteer Application -
It is required that volunteers 18 years or older, including adult companions of Youth Volunteers, complete and submit a volunteer application and signed agreement form. For those needing to complete court mandated community service, please do not fill out this application. Call the shelter during open hours for more information.
All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian complete the Permission and Release Form for Youth Volunteers.
For Mac users: these forms will need to be printed and filled out instead of using the fill in form option.
Please submit completed application(s) and signed agreement form(s) one of the following ways:
Central Texas SPCA
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 98
Cedar Park, TX 78630-0098
Once a completed application has been received, the volunteer coordinator will review it. We will contact you to determine if your availability and interests coincide with open volunteer positions. Some positions require volunteer orientation attendance.
Created for youth groups and individual students between the ages of 5-years to 17-years who need to perform a school or community service project, this program allows children to select available projects to benefit the animals and/or enhance the shelter environment. Parental supervision is dependent upon the project selected by the group/student.
For more information about this program or to sign-up for a project, send an email with the volunteer interest of "School/Community Service Project".
Youth School/Community Application (.pdf)
If you have any questions or would like more information about our volunteer program, please email us or call us at (512) 260-7722.