Volunteer at our Shelter

Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with spca cincinnati! Volunteers contribute to the success of everything we do, and our animals benefit immensely from our volunteers’ time and compassion. To find out more information about volunteering and to sign up for an orientation class, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@spcacincinnati.org.

*NOTE - From this point forward, ALL ORIENTATIONS, regardless of which shelter you would like to volunteer for (whether it be Northside or Sharonville), will be held at the Sharonville Shelter. Please contact us to reserve a spot.


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Each volunteer must attend a three to four hour orientation class. You will need to contact the volunteer coordinator to reserve a spot for the next available orientation (contact information above). If you do not sign up prior to the orientation, you will not be permitted to stay. Included in the orientation is a hands-on leash training and a tour of the Sharonville facility for all volunteers. A tour of the Northside facility will be held directly following the Sharonville portion of the orientation for those volunteers who will be volunteering at the Northside facility.

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old to volunteer with the animals and until a volunteer is 18 years old, they must have a parent/guardian physically with them at all times. The parent/guardian is also required to attend an orientation class.

Volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering for at least an hour a week for the first 3 months following their orientation class and then continue coming in at least twice a month thereafter. If you cannot fulfill this minimum commitment, we ask that you do not take a spot in the class.

Shift Opportunities

  • Dog Socialization
  • Cat Socialization
  • Greeter
  • Development
  • Mobile Adoption Unit
  • Companion Animal Access Program
  • Humane Education


Please bring the completed Volunteer Profile with you to the orientation. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file; most computers already have this program loaded.

There is a seperate program for those individuals who are in need of community service hours for high school as well as court ordered community service hours. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@spcacincinnati.org for more information.

Volunteer Profile (PDF)

Volunteers contribute to the success of every department. While spca cincinnati receives a large amount of invaluable support from volunteers, these individuals who share their time with us also receive the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of both animals and humans.

Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@spcacincinnati.org. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with spca cincinnati, and we hope to see you soon!