Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers make the world go round! A group of happy volunteers hanging out with puppies in Reno.

Welcome to the SPCA Volunteer page! Below are our upcoming training opportunities. Please join us for a dog and or cat training this month or reach out to Nayla to discuss other volunteer opportunities!

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 mac@spcanevada.org. 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.

Student Volunteer Programs

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. 

All training information can be found here.

Young women holding puppies in Reno.

Volunteers help socialize rescue pets, educate the community, and spread joy throughout our community!

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Nayla.

Thank you for all that you do and we look forward to serving alongside you to save lives!

Our Day Trippers volunteer program gets our dogs out of the adoption center for a day of fun!

Once you are a certified Green-Dot volunteer with the SPCA of NN, you can take our rescue dogs out and about for fun day trip adventures to help socialize them and introduce them to the public.

Love cats?! Want to help them get adopted?! Become a PetSmart Volunteer and socialize our kitties!

Want to keep the community and our pets healthy and happy? Become a vaccine clinic volunteer! (Ask Nayla how!)

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







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