York SPCA Volunteer

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Volunteering at the York County SPCA

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the operation of our shelter. The number of animals housed at our facility far exceed the capacity of our full time staff. Your volunteer service is needed and appreciated. We expect that volunteers can contribute a minimum of 50 hours per year. Volunteers are required to purchase a volunteer t-shirt ($7.00) and name badge ($7.00). We can find a job that satisfies your skills and your interests. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to work with the animals. Walkers are also required to have a specific type of leash, which can be purchased at the shelter for $10.

Cat Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to clean and socialize the cats. Volunteers should be able to commit 1 or more hours each week. Volunteers must attend one of the training sessions....look for training sessions to be scheduled soon.


Dog walker training

This is your opportunity to have fun with the dogs, get a lot of exercise, and benefit the 70+ dogs who need to be walked and socialized each day. Volunteers must attend all of the training sessions and are required to complete a total of 16 hours of training during the session. After graduation you can walk on any day of the week. We prefer volunteers who can regularly walk the same day(s) each week, but that is not required. People who don't want to handle the large dogs are welcomed to work with the small dogs. This is an important and difficult job, with a lot of responsibility, and volunteers are critically needed to make sure we walk every dog, every day . Please note that walking the big AND the small dogs requires good manual dexterity, upper body strength, and a fitness level that allows you to walk about 3 miles with ease. We have found that candidates with physical limitations or poor physical conditioning are unlikely to enjoy or be successful dog walking.

Pre- register for a session with Jamie Sudduth at . Attendance is limited to 25 people for each session. Registration fee is $25, which will provide attendees with a leash, T-shirt and name tag. Classes will fill quickly so sign up as soon as possible.

Youth Volunteer Program

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The purpose of the youth volunteer program, which will meet once a month, is to involve the youth throughout the York community in York County SPCA activities. View/download the youth volunteer program application. Age requirements for the youth group is age 13-17. No exceptions please. Youth volunteers may not have contact with the shelter animals.

Who do we need?

Dog Walkers, Dog Groomers, Cat Room Cleaners, Cat Brushing, Grooming, Socialization, General Housekeeping, Clerical help, Fundraising, Laundry assistants. We are particularly short of dog walkers on Wednesday and Friday. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jamie Sudduth, Volunteer Coordinator, at .

Ambassador Training

We have created a volunteer position to identify Ambassadors who can do a great job representing the YCSPCA at fundraising and other events. Ambassadors will knowledgeable about all facets of the shelter programs and goals, and will be able to accurately answer questions about the shelter, and will promote our mission in the community.

Ambassadors must be members of the YCSPCA, and must attend training, and must pass a written exam. Candidates will be evaluated on their performance at fundraising events and the best will be selected by the Volunteer Coordinator to become Ambassadors.

Register now for the next Ambassador training sessions by contacting Jamie Sudduth at .

Ambassador training- to be scheduled.

Upon registration you will receive study material which will be the basis for the written exam. Training sessions will be a 90 minute discussion of relevant issues followed by the written exam.