Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Virginia Beach SPCA! Our volunteers are valued team members and we appreciate your support. Please complete this application to begin the process of becoming a Virginia Beach SPCA Junior Volunteer. Once completed, click the submit button at the bottom. We'll be in touch soon with the next steps!***Please note: if you are applying for court ordered community service, please continue with the Court Ordered Community Service Application. Thank you.***



General Information

Please complete the following sections to the best of your ability. Please make sure all spelling is correct to ensure information is uploaded correctly. ***STOP. If you are applying for court ordered community service, please continue with the Court Ordered Community Service Application. Thank you.***



Demographics

You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers. Demographic information can also assist the VBSPCA in securing grant funding for particular programs.



Availability

Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer. If your schedule fluctuates, please choose 'varies' from the drop down menu.



Emergency Contact

In the event of an emergency whom should we notify?



Reference

Please provide the information for one reference who can speak on your behalf. This reference should come from a teacher, mentor, or someone other than a relative. Please have your reference email a signed letter of recommendation to: volunteer@vbspca.com. Applications without a letter of recommendation will be considered incomplete and will not be able to attend orientation.



Junior Volunteer Essay

In the box below, please provide a thorough, well-thought out answer to each of the following questions:

A. Have you had any pets in your home or someone else's home that you cared for? What pet care tasks were you responsible for?

B. Why do you want to be a Junior Volunteer with the VBSPCA?

C. Would you prefer to work with cats, dogs, or small animals, and why?

D. If you saw another Junior Volunteer doing something they shouldn't be doing, what would you do?



Volunteer Experience

Please tell us about any previous volunteer experiences you might have had AND what you hope to gain from your time with the Virginia Beach SPCA.



History

Have you or anyone who resides at your residence ever been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment OR have you been convicted of any misdemeanors or felony charges? *Please Note that by answering 'yes' to either of these questions DOES NOT disqualify you from volunteering with us.*



EMail

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however we 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. Your email will not be shared with or sold to other organizations or companies.



Volunteer Information Center

We provide an online "Volunteer Information Center" where volunteers may check their schedules, update their information, and receive messages. Please select the password you would like to use to access the online Volunteer Information Center.



Junior Volunteer Liability Waiver

I recognize that working with animals in a shelter may place me at risk. I understand that because I may handle animals, it is important to talk with my physician about being vaccinated against tetanus. I release the Virginia Beach SPCA from all responsibility whether I pursue the vaccination or not, and I understand that whatever decision I make is at my own risk.


I certify that I am at least 14 years of age. I understand that volunteer service is a commitment and I will be depended upon to show up to work as scheduled. I understand that the staff may ask me to leave should I not comply with the policies and procedures of the Virginia Beach SPCA, or should I become unproductive and unhelpful during my shift.

I grant to the Virginia Beach SPCA, its representatives, volunteers and employees the right to take photographs of me and my property in connection with the above-identified subject. I authorize the Virginia Beach SPCA, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically.


I agree that the Virginia Beach SPCA may use such photographs of me with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.


I also certify that I have never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect or abandonment, of any offense involving the physical or sexual abuse of a child, or any felony.


By clicking the 'I agree' button you are acknowledging that you have read, understand, and agree to the above.




I Agree

I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a Virginia Beach SPCA volunteer, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including the acceptance of established volunteer policies and procedures before I may begin volunteering.

By submitting this form, I attest that the information I have provided on the form is true and accurate.