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Join the Cause

Thank you for your interest in the Houston SPCA Volunteer Program. We hope you'll join our team of dedicated and passionate people who help make a difference in the lives of animals.
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How It Works

All potential volunteers must be at least 16 years old at time of application and commit to 8 hours per month for at least 6 months. All applicants 18 years of age and older must complete a background screening.
Step 1

Submit the Payment and Complete Application

Fees are $40 for ages 18 and up; $25 for ages 16-17 (covers cost of screening and T-shirt). Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an automated email containing a link where you can complete the application. Be sure to check your junk/spam folder!

Step 2

Complete the Background Screening (18+ only)

Once your application is received, you’ll receive instructions to initiate a background screening. Please follow all prompts to complete and submit this screening.

Step 3

Attend Orientation

After your application and background screening (if applicable) have been reviewed, you’ll be contacted via email to register for our new volunteer orientation. Orientation is generally held twice a month. You’ll learn about the campus and what you can expect as a volunteer.

Step 4

Choose Your Area of Care and Attend Training

Once you’ve completed orientation, you’ll be given instructions on how to register for training in one of the animal areas in which you want to volunteer. All new volunteers, except fosters, must volunteer in one of four areas: Large Dogs, Small Dogs, Cattery or Small Animals.

Step 5

Start Volunteering

After training in your area of choice, you can begin to schedule volunteer shifts using our online portal.

Start When You're Ready

We need you and hope you'll join our team!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to volunteer?
All potential volunteers must be at least 16 years old at the time of application and commit to 8 hours per month for at least six months.
Can I complete my court-ordered community service with you?
We do not offer opportunities for individuals to complete community service hours.
What is the commitment for volunteers?
We ask that volunteers commit to 8 hours per month for at least six months.
What is the application fee for?
The application fee covers the cost for screening (18 yrs and up), volunteer badge, and volunteer shirt.
Do foster volunteers have to undergo background screening or in-person orientation?
No. You only need to take three simple steps to join the Houston SPCA Foster Family and start making a difference for animals in need:
  1. Complete online registration at
  2. Watch the training video and pass a short quiz.
  3. Make an appointment to pick up supplies and bring your foster home.