Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of the SPCA of Northern Nevada.

It isn’t easy being a volunteer for an animal welfare organization, it requires patience, dedication, self-motivation, and an unyielding passion for animals and our life-saving mission.

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Dog & Cat Socialization

Give our homeless pets some love.

Dogs and cats need lots of human socialization and enrichment to help keep them happy and healthy during their stay with us while they await their loving homes! Volunteers are a crucial part of our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without their support.

Sign up for dog or cat training.

Open your heart and home to kittens, nursing cats, puppies, and animals of varying needs for a few weeks to months!

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Our volunteers help manage this special program that offers low-cost vaccinations to residents of Northern Nevada. Our vaccine clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

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Our thrift store is a great option for people who need to get some last-minute volunteer hours or want to volunteer in a group. Contact our Thrift Store Manager Mac directly via email or at 775-324-7776. 

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Volunteers have the opportunity to represent the SPCA at fun local events and help out with off-site Adoption Events in the community. Register as a volunteer and you’ll receive email updates about upcoming events.

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We're always in need of helping hands! If you’re interested in helping with day-to-day animal care chores and building maintenance, you can sign up for an upcoming shelter basics training.

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Reading With Rescues is an amazing program in partnership with The Reading Gal during which kids (and adults!) come to the SPCA of Northern Nevada adoption center and read out loud to homeless dogs!

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Court-Ordered Community Service is a completely separate volunteer program for individuals who need to complete hours for a minor traffic violation or DUI.

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This program gives you a chance to accrue volunteer hours while you crack open your textbooks and study with our cats in the colony rooms. Sign up for an upcoming cat training to get started.

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Day Trippers Program

This program gives you and a lucky dog the chance to spend the day outside of the adoption center! Get trained to interact with our dogs and be eligible to take them on Day Trips like this.

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PetSmart Volunteer Program

If you love cats and want to help get them adopted at our local PetSmart locations, this is a great opportunity. Sign up to get trained to interact with our cats.

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Student Volunteering

Students looking to fulfill volunteer hours for a class, club, scholarship, organization are welcome, however, if they would like to complete their hours working directly with the animals they must commit to a minimum of 20 hours. If you are unable to commit to the minimum requirement but would still like to volunteer, the Thrift Store, Shelter Basics, and/or Vaccine Clinic are other great options.

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If there are no training sessions listed, check back soon as they are either all full and/or the new schedule has not been posted yet.

Please contact the Volunteer Manager directly at 775-324-7773 ext. 208 with any additional questions.