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.

Please scroll below to read about the many opportunities volunteers can take part in, frequently asked questions, and dates for upcoming orientations.

Steps To Get Started Volunteering:
  1. Please Click HERE to submit your Volunteer Application.
  2. After submitting, Click on the Registration Link in Your Confirmation Message to register for a General Orientation (Zoom link is EMAILED the DAY BEFORE the event to registered attendees).
  3. Attend General Orientation (Zoom) on your registered date!

If you lose the link to register for General Orientation but would like to register, email Lisa.Fello@spcawestchester.org

Calendar of Orientation Dates:
  • January 6, 2024 10am-12pm General Orientation (Zoom)
  • January 13, 2024 11am-12pm Rising Volunteer General Orientation (Zoom)
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

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.

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.