SPCA of Westchester has an animal shelter.


We are indebted to the hundreds of individuals and family members who volunteer at our Rescue Center and Veterinary Clinic.

Whether you are interested in dog walking and enrichment, cat care, grooming, greeting visitors, center beautification, administrative work or opening your home to a foster animal, we can always use your help! If you have a special talent we can work together to find creative ways to use your skills.

We also welcome companies and local businesses for Corporate Days of Service and host various schools as well as youth clubs and scout/brownie troops at our Rescue Center by appointment.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Adult Volunteers
Socialize cats
Walk dogs
Socialize puppies
Soothe animals after spay/neuter surgery
Make and hand out enrichment treats
Become a foster to cat/kittens, dog/puppies
Assist in Cody’s Clinic, our on-site veterinary clinic
Become a greeter
Help with outdoor center beautification
Provide support with general tasks
Administrative support
Attend off-site events

Rising Volunteers
Organize donation drives
Help with animal enrichment
Read to Dogs
Journal with Cats

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION SCHEDULE: All orientations are done via zoom–the link is sent the day prior.

Saturday, August 6 – 10am
Saturday, October 1 – 10am
Thursday, November 3 – 7pm
Saturday, August 6 – 12noon
Saturday, October1 – 12:30pm
Thursday, November 10-7pm
Wednesday, August 17 – 7pm
Wednesday, October 19 – 7pm
Wednesday, November 16 – 7pm

Volunteering at SPCA Westchester – FAQ’s

How old must I be in order to volunteer?

You must be 18 years old to volunteer in any programs with direct access (hands-on interaction) to any of our animals.

Is it possible to volunteer if I am under 18 years of age?

Yes.  Our Rising Volunteer program has volunteer opportunities for those ages 10 to 17.

What are the protocols regarding wearing masks and being vaccinated?

All volunteers must provide proof of being fully vaccinated.  Masks are required when inside our building.

How do I get started volunteering?

The first step is to attend a general orientation.  For now, they are being offered for both Adult and Rising Volunteers remotely via zoom and are usually held once monthly. Schedule is available on this website.

How much time do I need to commit?

We ask all volunteers for a minimum of two hours per week.

Can I volunteer more?

Yes, but we suggest starting slowly and then increasing your hours as you go forward. We work with you around your schedule and where/when we need volunteer support.