Join the Cause
How It Works
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to volunteer?
Can I complete my court-ordered community service with you?
What is the commitment for volunteers?
What is the application fee for?
Do foster volunteers have to undergo background screening or in-person orientation?
- Complete online registration at HoustonSPCA.org
- Watch the training video and pass a short quiz.
- Make an appointment to pick up supplies and bring your foster home.