The NHSPCA has an active Junior Volunteer after school and weekend program.
Students, ages 13 to 15 years old, may become Junior Volunteers. Under staff supervision, they assume all the responsibilities of regular volunteers working with cats, kittens and small mammals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. There is a waiting list for this very popular program and enrollment is limited. This program takes place at the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, NH
Due to overwhelming interest, this program and waiting list is currently full for the summer and fall of 2019. We will reopen waitlist in October for junior volunteer opportunities in 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a waiting list for the Junior Volunteer program?
There are over 100 volunteers in this very popular program! We need to limit the number of youth volunteers that are here at any one time. Due to the popularity of the program, we maintain a waiting list.
At what age should I add my name to the waiting list?
You may add your name any time between the ages of 12 and 15. However, you will not be contacted until you are actually 13. If you are very close to turning 16, you may want to wait and just become a regular adult volunteer.
What if you contact me to volunteer and I can’t or don’t want to do it anymore?
That’s fine; there is no obligation to putting your name on the waiting list.
What happens once I get into the program?
You will be assigned a day and time to come volunteer once a month. (Or for one week if it’s summer.) You will need to fill out 3 forms including an Employer’s Request for Child Labor form that will need to be taken to a public school in the state of NH. There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00; however, if this is a hardship, just let us know and we can waive the fee.
Why do you charge money to volunteer?
As you can imagine, it is a very big job to schedule over 100 students to volunteer at a day and time that works for them. Our staff spends many hours ensuring that this program runs smoothly which takes a lot of our time and effort.
What if I am allergic to cats?
This may not be an appropriate volunteer opportunity for you.
What if I’m too busy with sports and homework to volunteer?
This may not be the right volunteer opportunity for you.