Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding volunteering. Please see each section for detailed information on each opportunity (and come help us save lives)!

How do I become a volunteer?

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a Volunteer with the SPCA of Northern Nevada! We are always in need of dedicated and passionate Volunteers. The FIRST step to becoming a Volunteer with us is registering under “New Volunteer Registration”. The second step is to watch our online Orientation Video and complete the quiz so you can learn a little bit more about our organization and what it is we do and what opportunities are available to you as a Volunteer. Once you’ve completed that you just now have to decide HOW you would like to help.

How do I work directly with animals?

If you’d like to work directly with our animals you’ll need to sign up for an upcoming training for either cats or dogs under “Training Registration”. Once you’ve completed that training you’re able to come up to our shelter and volunteer 7 days a week anytime between 7am to 6:30pm. Our cat and dog socializers help give our animals lots of love and attention during their time here at the shelter so that they can be happy and healthy as they await their forever homes.

Once you’ve trained to work directly with our animals other opportunities become available to you such as Petsmart, Adoption Events, Day Trippers, Fostering, and Enrichment.

How do I sign up to volunteer for academic purposes?

If you are a student of any kind (i.e. High School, UNR, TMCC, etc.) and need a specific number of hours for scholastic purposes (i.e. class, program, service-learning, club/organization, etc.), then you must meet with the Volunteer Manager to discuss your requirements and our expectations to determine whether it’s an appropriate match. If you are under the age of 18, then you must complete all volunteer hours with a parent/guardian present at all times.

Click here to learn more about what your volunteer options are. 

How do I volunteer at the Thrift Store?

If you’d like to help out at our Thrift Store you can contact our Thrift Store Manager Mac directly at 775-324-7776 or at No training required! Have an eye for retail and a talent for customer service? In a bind to get some last minute volunteerism hours in? The Thrift Store is your place! We need help anytime between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM 7 days a week.  It can be as short as an hour or as long as all day. Our Thrift Store is located at 401 Vine St.

[We have a dress code for safety:  Sleeved shirts, pants that cover the tops of your shoes, and shoes with no holes or netting].

Special Events

If you’re a social butterfly and would love to be a representative of our organization at events in the community you may consider helping with special events! We are always in need of Volunteers to help us table at fun local events and educate people about our mission and our animals. We also host big Adoption Events to help adopt out as many animals as we can in fun new venues and we couldn’t do it without Volunteers help. 

Foster Care

If you’re interested in our Foster Care Program you’ll want to contact Tara, our Foster Care Coordinator, to complete the Foster specific application, interview, and training. Take a mama cat or a litter of puppies into your home for a short period of time to give them a safe place away from the shelter environment to give birth or to stay until they’re old enough to be adopted.

Vaccine Clinic

If you’re interested in helping with our low cost Vaccine Clinic then you’ll want to contact Nayla directly. Our Volunteers run this extra special program to help keep the pets in our community happy and healthy all year round. It is a monthly commitment volunteer opportunity and each volunteer must dedicate at least 2 days a month to helping with Vaccine Clinic. Vaccine Clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 5-7pm.

Shelter Basics

If you’re interested in helping staff with their day to day care of the animals and of the facility from helping cleaning their kennels to doing dishes, sweeping, mopping, feeding and keeping our facility looking its best please reach out to Nayla and she’ll help get you started. Staff is always in need of helping hands!

Study with a Buddy

If you’re a student and don’t have time to Volunteer in between all of that library time-don’t fret! We have a Study with a Buddy program where you can study with our kitty cats in our colonies while at the same time accumulating volunteer hours. Please contact Nayla for more information and/or to set up a quick orientation.

Court-Ordered Community Service

Court-Ordered Community Service is a completely separate volunteer program so if you have a minor traffic violation or DUI that you need to complete hours for then please call Nayla directly at 775-324-7773 x208.

Other volunteer opportunities are always presenting themselves so if none of the above is what you were looking for please don’t hesitate to reach out to Nayla for more information and/or options.

Thank you and we’re excited to have you on our Volunteer team!

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