Volunteers under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a volunteer parent, guardian, or trusted adult at all times when volunteering. Before volunteering, each new volunteer must attend the Family Volunteer Orientation and be willing to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month with a 6 month commitment. The parent or legal guardian must attend Family Volunteer Orientation and accompany the youth while volunteering.

The Roanoke Valley SPCA is very fortunate to have many committed volunteers, without whom we would not be able to fulfill our mission to "improve the quality of life for animals and the people they touch in the Roanoke Valley." We look forward to your help.

Steps to becoming a Family Volunteer Team for the RVSPCA

1.Complete and return your Family Volunteer Application to the RVSPCA Volunteer and Adoption Services Supervisor.

2.Pay a one-time, non-refundable $30 volunteer registration fee. This covers the cost of up to 3 volunteer t-shirts, materials and insurance. 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. T’shirts awarded upon completion of orientation and 4 hours of volunteer work.

3.Once your application and fee have been submitted, you will receive an invitation to register for Family Volunteer Orientation. Family Orientation is the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 am.

4.Attend additional training classes as required for specific activities.

Adult Information

Please fill out the information for the adult volunteer. All volunteers under the age of 16 must volunteer as part of a family team.

Email Address

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.

Child's Information

Please provide us the names and ages of all children, under the age of 16, who will be volunteering with you.
We want to make your families volunteer experience a good one for everyone. Family teams should be 1 adult to 2 children.

Emergency Contact Information

Tell us about yourself

Why are you interested in volunteering with the Roanoke Valley SPCA?
If you are here to fulfill Community Service Credit for a class what are the requirements for this project?


List 3 reasons you would make a great volunteer?


Tell us about your your hobbies or interests?

Pet Experience

What experience do you have with pets? How many and what type of pets do you currently have at home?

Limitations or Disabilities

Please list any allergies (pets, etc) or physical limitations which may affect your ability to volunteer (such as heart conditions, back injury, allergies, etc.)

Zoonotics 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.

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 your family 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 with 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.