Volunteer Opportunities for Ages 13-15 in the Junior Volunteer program.  Under adult supervision, Junior Volunteers will assist with afternoon or weekend animal care for small animals and farm animals.


  1. JVs will run in sessions throughout the school year, meeting in Fall, Winter, and Spring. 
  2. JVs will meet one day a week, for 6 total volunteer dates. 
  3. The age range for JVs includes students ages 13-15.  
  4. Attendance at the first sessions is mandatory for training purposes. 
  5. Participation in this 6-week immersive experience is $40, 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 12-15 must have completed working papers 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. 


Our Junior Volunteer program schedule is determined based on the needs and hours of our Adoption Center and the necessary feeding and care times of our animals. 

 Fall 2023 Junior Volunteers will be able to choose from one of two sessions.  

  • Sundays 8:30-10:30 am (Nov.5,12,19, 26, Dec. 3,10) – small animal care in the adoption center (6 volunteer spots) 
  • Mondays 3:15-4:15 pm (Nov.6,13,20,27, Dec.4,11) – large animal care on the farm (6 volunteer spots) 

Please ensure that you can attend all the scheduled dates prior to registering. We are counting on the help of each of our Junior Volunteers for important animal responsibilities, and we want to make sure our animals get all the care 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.

Booking and Refund Policy 

This program 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 education@nhspca.org 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, bite, or other unexpected injury while in the presence of 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. 


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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 education@nhspca.org 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 six (6) 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 animals, like smalls, cats, possibly some farm 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?

    JVs are a vital component of our animal care team. They along with our staff and other volunteers, ensure that our animals have the most humane living conditions. Our JVs will help with various aspects of animal care including feeding, cleaning, and making enrichments both in the adoption center, on the farm, and in the Humane Education Classroom. Through this hands-on experience, we hope to instill a lifelong commitment to animal welfare, volunteerism and compassion for all living things. Per NHSPCA policy, only trained adult staff and volunteers are able to provide direct care to dogs and certain farm animals.

  • What is the paperwork that is required?

    Per the NH Department of Labor, children ages 12-15 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.