The mission of the Volunteer Program of the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is:
- to bring together compassionate individuals to support and assist in the daily operations of the NHSPCA;
- to enhance the lives of the animals in our care;
- to present a positive image of the Society; and
- to promote an environment of dignity and respect for all living creatures.
The NHSPCA depends greatly on over 800 volunteers who donate their time and talent to help the animals. Without volunteers we could not accomplish or advance our mission.
Improving the welfare of animals is a big job. But every little thing you do to help solve the problems of overpopulation, cruelty, neglect and irresponsible pet ownership counts. The NHSPCA Volunteer Program will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of all animals. Together, we can make a difference.
Matching Your Talents and Interests
Whether you are interested in direct animal care, special events, customer service or administrative work we can use your help. If you have a special talent such as carpentry or photography or if you are an artist or computer whiz, for example, and you would like to share your talent to help improve animal welfare, let us know. We'll find a creative way to put your talent to use!
- Volunteers need to be 16 years of age to assist with direct animal care. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for individuals under age 18. For more information regarding volunteer activities for persons under age 16, contact our Humane Education Coordinator at 603-772-2921 ext. 113.
- We require that all volunteers commit to contributing a minimum of 6 months of service and a minimum of 4 hours per month. A knowledgeable and trained person that volunteers consistently is truly a benefit to the animals in our care.
Orientation & Training
To pre-register for an information session, or to learn more please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 603-772-2921 extension 104.
- All new volunteers are required to attend a general information session. These sessions are typically held on the first and third Thursday evening of the month and they last approximately an hour and a half. Preregistration for this sessions is required and space is limited. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly in order to register for the next available session.
- At the session, prospective volunteers will receive a tour of the Adoption Center and specific information on volunteering and volunteer opportunities in the shelter. During the session, new volunteers have the opportunity to fill out an application and a chance for questions and answers.
- Training for volunteers who wish to work directly with the animals is scheduled after the orientation. Training is conducted by staff or veteran volunteers and typically runs 2-4 hours. Volunteers who choose to participate in other activities or positions are given specific instruction and guidance by staff or volunteers.
Contact the volunteer coordinator if you have further questions. Remember to check our calendar for the date of the next general information session!