Volunteer at the New Hampshire SPCA

The NHSPCA depends greatly on over 700 volunteers who donate their time and talent to help the animals. Without volunteers we could not accomplish or advance our mission.

Improving the welfare of animals is a big job. But every little thing you do to help solve the problems of overpopulation, cruelty, neglect and irresponsible pet ownership counts. The NHSPCA Volunteer Program will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of all animals.

Matching Your Talents and Interests

Whether you are interested in direct animal care, special events, customer service or administrative work we can use your help. If you have a special talent such as carpentry or photography or if you are an artist or computer whiz, for example, and you would like to share your talent to help improve animal welfare, let us know. We’ll find a creative way to put your talent to use!

Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteers need to be 16 years of age to assist with direct animal care. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for individuals under age 18. For more information regarding volunteer activities for persons under age 16, contact our Humane Education Coordinator at 603-772-2921 ext. 113. Or visit our Junior Volunteer page.

We require that all volunteers commit to contributing a minimum of 6 months of service and a minimum of 4 hours per month. A knowledgeable and trained person that volunteers consistently is truly a benefit to the animals in our care.

Orientation and  Training

All new volunteers are required to attend a general information session. These sessions are typically held on the first and third Thursday evening of the month and they last approximately an hour. Pre-registration for these sessions is required and space is limited. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly to register for the next available session.

At the session, prospective volunteers will receive a tour of the Adoption Center and specific information on volunteering and volunteer opportunities in the shelter. During the session, new volunteers will fill out an application and a chance for questions and answers.

Training for volunteers who wish to work directly with the animals is scheduled after the orientation. Training is conducted by staff or veteran volunteers and typically runs 2-4 hours. Volunteers who choose to participate in other activities or positions are given specific instruction and guidance by staff or volunteers.

Contact the volunteer coordinator  if you have further questions.