Volunteers Make a Difference!

If you want to be part of a dedicated team helping homeless dogs and cats in our community, meet people who hold similar interests, share special skills/talents or learn new ones, help children develop a sense of community and responsibility, or just have fun loving animals, become a Central Texas SPCA volunteer!

Volunteers are a vital part of the CTSPCA.  As a nonprofit organization, we rely on volunteers to help care for the animals, plan or participate at special events, work on special projects and/or advocate our mission.  We are a community that makes a positive difference in the lives of the dogs and cats in our care. 

We classify shelter volunteers on four levels: 

  • Youth Volunteers between the ages of 10-15 years old.  Allowed to help with both cats and dogs but must be supervised by a parent at all times (1:1 ratio).

  • Regular Volunteers over the age of 16.  Help on both sides of the house.  If between the ages of 16-17, no parent supervision is required, though a parent must sign a parental release at orientation.

  • Lead Volunteers are highly experienced volunteers who are trained and knowledgeable on all aspects of the organization, available to answer questions, and provide direction or guidance as needed to new volunteers and/or visitors to the shelter.

All volunteers are asked to make a commitment of at least 2 hours per month.  This helps maintain consistent and familiar care of the animals. 

Want to get started?  Please complete and submit the online or paper Volunteer Application. 

Volunteer Application PDF

Volunteer Application ONLINE

Once your application has been received and reviewed, our Volunteer Coordinator will invite you to the next available orientation class. 


For people unable to volunteer on a regular basis, the shelter offers a one-time or limited volunteer opportunities to individuals or groups interested in team-building or community outreach.  These types of projects are defined and limited to a set number of hours.  If the service project involves anyone under 18-years of age, a parental release is required. 

If interested in this type of project, please complete the appropriate Group or Individual Project form.

Group Project Form

Individual Project Form

Upon receipt of your group/individual project request, a shelter representative will contact you to schedule a date/time and/or discuss specifics of the project. 


For those needing to complete court-mandated community service by Travis or Williamson County, you must be at least 18-years of age and must be assigned a probation officer.  Please contact the Central Texas SPCA at 512-260-7722 or info@CentralTexasSPCA.org for more information. 


Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@centraltexasspca.org