The Roanoke Valley SPCA is very fortunate to have many committed volunteers. Without the dedication of our volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission "To create a community where there are no homeless cats or dogs."

Do to the unknown vaccination history of many shelter animals, volunteers must be 16 years of age to work at the shelter without a parent.

Due to unknown vaccination history of many shelter animals, volunteers must be 16 years of age to work at the shelter without a parent.

**We have a separate application for family volunteering with children under 16 years of age**


Steps to Becoming a Volunteer with for the RVSPCA

1.Complete and return your Volunteer Application

2.Pay a one-time, non-refundable $15 volunteer registration fee. This covers the cost of the volunteer t-shirt, materials and insurance. Volunteer t-shirts are awarded after completing your orientation and 4 hours of volunteer work. This fee helps to ensure that the vast majority of our funding is spent directly on animal care. Please understand that your volunteer fee is non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to the shelter should you decide to forgo volunteering.

3.Once your application and fee have been submitted, you will receive an invitation to register for New Volunteer Orientation.

4.Schedule and attend all additional training classes as required for specific activities.

5.Commit to a minimum of 4 hours a month for at least 6 months.


Personal Information


Email Address

Email is the primary source of communication used by the volunteer program. Please provide your email address


Emergency Contact


Skills and Experience

What lead you to consider volunteering with the RVPSCA?


Skills and Experience

What are your expectations of volunteering with the Roanoke Valley SPCA?


Skills and Experience

Have you volunteered at any other animal welfare agency in the past? If yes, where did you volunteer and what did you do for the organization?


Skills and Experience

Have you had any formal training in pet care, animal handling/training or animal welfare?


Skills and Experience

Briefly describe your history of pet guardianship. List your current pets, if they are spay or neutered and up to date of vaccines.


Skills and Experience

Do you have any experiences or special skills you would like to share with the RVSPCA


Limitations and Disabilities

Do you have any limitations or disabilities that might hinder you from participation in some activities (such as heart conditions, back injury, allergies, etc)?


Areas of Interest and Availability

Please indicate your areas of interest and your availability.


Zoonotic Disease Disclosure

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be passed from other species to humans. Examples are ringworm, tapeworm, roundworms and rabies. We impress upon all volunteers that safe handling techniques and hygiene are important elements of protecting ourselves from these diseases. Washing hands after handling any animal is critical. Please understand that many of the animals arriving at the shelter have had no previous veterinary care and may expose you to disease. While the occurrence of disease transmission is rare, please understand that the RVSPCA cannot assume financial, medical, or veterinary responsibility for any transmissions that may occur to yourself, your family or companion animals.

Anyone who is pregnant or may become pregnant or has a compromised immune system should consult their physician before volunteering with the Roanoke Valley SPCA.


***If you are volunteering as a court ordered requirement to perform community service, you need to complete a separate Court Community Service Application - volunteering cannot be part of your community service work hours.***


Roanoke Valley SPCA Volunteer Release Form

It is the policy of the Roanoke Valley SPCA to provide humane care for all animals needing protection in the area served by the RVSPCA and to seek suitable homes for animals without owners.

In anticipation that you will be accepted in the RVSPCA Volunteer program, please read and sign the below agreement.

I agree to accept a position as a volunteer for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. I agree to comply with all of the policies, rules, and regulations including any which may be established from time to time by the RVSPCA. I understand that failure to do so may result in my immediate termination as a volunteer.

I certify that I have never been convicted of a felony; charged with or convicted of domestic abuse or neglect;charged with or convicted of animal cruelty, neglect or abandonment; or subject to a civil proceeding to terminate ownership rights in a dog, cat or other companion animal.

I acknowledge that my services are provided strictly on a volunteer basis, without any pay or compensation of any kind, and without any liability of any nature on behalf of the RVSPCA, all services to be performed by me at my own risk.

I recognize working animals and performing other volunteer tasks, there exists a risk of injury including physical harm caused by animals. I understand that because I may handle animals, it is important for me to speak with my physician about the tetanus and rabies pre-exposure vaccinations. On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives, and executers, I release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the RVSPCA, its agents, servants, and employees for any and all claims, causes of action, or demands, of any nature or cause, including costs and attorney’s fees incurred by the RVSPCA in connection with the same, based on damages or injuries which may be incurred, or sustained by me in any way connected with my services for the RVSPCA, including, but not limited to, animal bites, accidents, or injuries.