The Junior Volunteer program is back!

We’d like to say thank you to all our wonderful and hard-working Junior Volunteers who made the return of this program such a positive and successful experience! The Junior Volunteer program will resume in the fall and will continue to run in sessions throughout the school year. Please check back in September if you’re interested in registering or email [email protected] if you’d like to be notified with updates!


    1. JVs will run in sessions throughout the school year, meeting in Fall, Winter, and Spring.
    2. JVs will meet one day a week, every other week, for 4 total volunteer dates.
    3. The age range for JVs has been expanded to include students ages 13-17. Two groups will run at the same time on alternating weeks.
    4. A mandatory training event will be required prior to each session to ensure that JVs are able to complete the basic tasks necessary for participation. If you are unable to attend the training, you will not be able to participate in the volunteer session.
    5. Participation in this 4-week immersive experience is $25, which helps us to offset training, staff time, and supplies required to run this program.
    6. Required paperwork for participation:
      • Per NH state law, students ages 13-15 must have completed working papers to participate (this form can be found here)
      • Students ages 16-17 must have parental permission slips to participate (this form can be found here)
      • All students must complete a Student Volunteer Agreement (this form can be found here)
      • For more information regarding the necessary paperwork, please see the FAQ section below.


While our current options for JVs are listed below for reference, future JV schedules will be determined based on the needs and hours of our Adoption Center.

  • Sundays 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Mondays 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Fridays 2:30-4:00 pm (Our Adoption Center team needs extra help this day, meaning these JVs may end up with some different responsibilities or perks!)

ONLY FOUR volunteer spots will be available for each day. When registering, please keep in mind that you will be expected to attend the same day of the week for all 4 meetings!


Sessions will take place in the fall, winter, and spring.

Please ensure that you can attend all the scheduled dates. We are counting on the help of each of our Junior Volunteers for important animal care responsibilities, and we want to make sure our animals get all the love and attention they need! In the event of sickness or an emergency, please notify us of your need to be absent as soon as possible.


While students from any town are welcome to attend, the SAU16 transportation department has kindly offered to establish a bus stop at the top of our hill for students from Cooperative Middle School, Exeter High School, and Seacoast School of Technology. Middle school students will arrive at the NHSPCA around 2:30 pm and High school students will arrive at around 3:00 pm. If you are planning to take the bus, please register for a day where you will arrive on time. Please remember that all students must be picked up promptly at the end of their volunteer session! Transportation information will be updated in our upcoming sessions pending availability of SAU16 busses.

Booking and Refund Policy

This program is extremely popular, so registration is first come first serve and no refunds will be available. Once you have submitted the registration form, a member of our staff will reach out to confirm your registration and provide additional information. If your child did not get registered in time but is still interested, please reach out to [email protected] so they can be added to a waiting list for a future session.

Waiver: I recognize that in conjunction with my child’s attendance at the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA), my child will be in contact with and may be allowed to hold and pet animals. I understand that despite all precautions made, there is a chance that my child may contract a disease or illness by handling the animals. I further understand that there is a chance that my child may sustain a scratch or bite while handling animals. I understand that the above is illustrative of the types of risks involved in participating in programs at the NHSPCA, but is in no way a complete list of possible risks. By checking the YES box when registering, I do hereby absolutely and unconditionally release and discharge the NHSPCA, including its employees, successors, assigns, directors, officers, and agents from and against any and all claims, obligations and liabilities of any nature relating to or arising out of my child’s participation with this NHSPCA program. I certify that I am the registered child’s legal parent or legal guardian.

Photo Release: I authorize the NHSPCA to use photos of my child engaging in program activities for media purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happened to the previous waiting list?

    The Junior Volunteer program was paused for a long time while we were closed to the public during Covid-19 and construction around our campus. During this time many students previously on the waiting list have either aged out or have new schedules. Given this, along with the new structure, we have decided to start fresh.

    If your child was unable to register for this session, please contact [email protected] to be added to our new waiting list for upcoming sessions.

  • Why do you charge money to volunteer?

    The fee for our Junior Volunteer program helps cover costs associated with training, staffing, and any necessary materials to make sure the experience is as positive and enriching as possible for the students and the animals.

  • Why is the program limited to four volunteers per day?

    We want to make sure all the JVs who participate get as much hands-on experience as possible! We’ve found that larger groups leave fewer opportunities for participation among the members.

  • What if I am allergic to cats, small animals, hay, etc.?

    JVs will not only be interacting with various animals, but will also be in contact with many foods and materials. If you have allergies to pet dander, hay, etc., this may not be an appropriate volunteer opportunity for you.

  • What if I can't attend all of the dates for a session?

    We are counting on the help of each of our Junior Volunteers for important animal care responsibilities, and we want to make sure our animals get all the love and attention they need! If you have other commitments that might interfere, please consider waiting to register until you have more availability.

  • What kinds of things will Junior Volunteers help with?

    Our JVs will help with many aspects of animal care, like feeding animals, cleaning litter boxes and cages, washing animal bedding, and preparing daily enrichment activities.

  • What is the paperwork that is required?

    Per the NH Department of Labor, children ages 13-15 are required to have working papers completed in order to participate in volunteer activities. These papers can be signed by a parent OR an issuing officer at the student’s school.

    The NH Department of Labor also requires that students ages 16 and 17 have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian before a student can volunteer.

    The NHSPCA also requires students and parents to complete a Student Volunteer Agreement, which covers expectations for JVs.