Tompkins SPCA

Volunteers are asked to support and promote the mission of the SPCA and abide by the shelter’s written volunteer policies which will be provided at an orientation. All assignments are arranged with the individual and the Volunteer Program Manager to ensure the best placement for both the volunteer and the organization.

  • Canine Companion: In this newly created volunteer position, Canine Companions spend their time indoors with the dogs, helping members of the public to help them find their new friend. You will also do some light cleaning if dogs have accidents in their rooms during the day, play with them in the play yard, and provide lots of one-on-one petting time in their rooms.

  • Dog Walker: Dog Walkers do just that – They walk the dogs for exercise, provide enrichment using appropriate equipment and help teach the dogs basic obedience. At times you will also interact with members of the public to help them find their new best friend and clean up after the dogs, whether outside for a walk, in the play yard or in their rooms.

  • Purple Dog Walker: Purple Dog Walkers do essentially the same basic work as Dog Walkers, however they have been trained to work with dogs who may need additional training, are exceptionally large and/or strong, or who may be on a behavior modification plan.

  • Animal Care Attendant: This opportunity is for the dedicated few who are able to understand the importance of a clean environment for our animals currently and who may be in need of medical attention. The rescue center houses many of our newly received animals and those under observation and needs to be cleaned daily to prevent diseases and germs from spreading. If you are up for it, definitely sign up today!

  • Feline Friend: Feline Friends spend quality time with the cats, socializing them and helping to keep their apartments clean. You will also work with members of the public and help them find a cat that is purr-fect for their home.

  • Annex Attendant: The SPCA Annex is located in The Shops at Ithaca Mall. The Annex Attendants provide care for the cats and small animals waiting for their forever home. You may socialize the animals, clean their cages and help potential adopters pick their forever pet!

  • Facility Assistant: If you are the type that loves fixing things around the house, then apply your skills to help with various projects throughout our buildings and grounds. Our Shelter needs constant maintenance and with your help, we can provide a better environment for the animals, visitors, volunteers and staff!

  • Humane Education Assistant: Assist the humane educator both on site at the shelter and at off-site events, including tours of the shelter and educating groups on humane treatment of animals, and attendance at community group events and festivals, educating people about the SPCA, our mission and vision.

  • Adoption Desk Support/Follow Up: Meet and greet potential adopters when they arrive at the Pet Adoption Center, provide support for the staff at the front desk, including answering the phones, completing adoption paperwork, and providing general animal care information to the public. Computer knowledge is helpful, and good customer service skills are a must.

  • Animal Behavior/Training: Volunteers work with the animals on behavior issues, whether it means taking a dog out for extra exercise, teaching a fearful cat that humans are “ok”, or helping a dog learn good manners. If you have experience with animal training and would like to use it, please let us know.

  • Computer Work/Data Entry: Do you have impressive computer skills or know your way around an office? Put your time to work and help with mail projects, filing, photocopying, and phone calls. We need volunteers to help keep our facilities running in an organized manner so that when we are busy with visitors and potential adopters, we know everything will be in good hands!

  • Flyer Poster Distribution: If you know the town well, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Be a part of a team that delivers our flyers, posters, and quarterly newsletters to veterinarians and local businesses in the community. Help us spread the word about our events and mission so all of Tompkins County can join in on our efforts and goals!

  • Fundraising: Is fundraising a piece of cake for you? Would you like to help out with events that bring us donations? If this sounds appealing, or if you have fundraising/grant writing experience, we’d love to take advantage of your skills.

  • Gardening/Grounds Crew: Many people enjoying being outside getting their hands dirty whether in rain or shine. Be a part of our grounds crew to help take care of the many acres of land that provides our animals with adequate space to run and play. We want to make our facilities look and feel welcoming both inside and out – but it’s only possible with your help!

  • Graphic Design: Some of us are blessed with artistic creativity and we can definitely use that talent! Donate your time by creating and updating materials for us to be used as promotional and/or advertising for us. It will not only show the public what a great skill you have, but can help us tell our tale to Tompkins County with an inspiring visual representation!

  • Grooming: Help give animals a fresh start! As a volunteer groomer, you can assist in the grooming needs of our furry residents, whether they came in dirty or matted, or if they just need a primping before going on the adoption floor.

  • Medical Aide: Do you have experience with the medical aspects of animals? Our medical staff would appreciate your knowledge and help in assisting them when providing medical care to those in need. If you think you can handle this feat at hand, let the Volunteer Program Manager know of your previous experiences and we can get started right away!