Want to Volunteer?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and we would not be able to serve community pets without the much-needed support of our dedicated volunteers!
Please read below to find out if volunteering with Great Plains SPCA is right for you!
What are the requirements to volunteer?
- Commit to 4 hours per month for the first 3 months
- Grace, accountability and respect for your fellow volunteers, GPSPCA staff and our guests
- Support for Great Plains SPCA’s mission
- An active e-mail for receiving volunteer communications
Great Plains SPCA is committed to creating families and helping people of all ages experience the true joy pets bring into our lives. The following opportunities are available to enrich the lives of youth in our community.
- 6 years of age is our minimum volunteering age. Age 6-10 are known as Junion Volunteers. Our Junior Volunteers are able to assist with watering, enrichment, and various operational and sanitation tasks around the shelter. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for following policies and procedures, and ensuring the Junior Volunteer is following rules set forth by the organization. Opportunities outside the shelter include holding donation drives and more. See our Donation Wish Lists.
- 11 years of age is the minimum to interact with animals. However, children between the ages of 11 and under 16 must always be supervised by a parent or guardian. Depending on the volunteer activity, we prefer only one child works alongside their parent/guardian to perform the activities that enrich the lives of kenneled cats and dogs. Because the parent/guardian is always in charge of the pet, it can be complicated to handle or work with an animal while also managing more than one child.
- Children 15 and younger: we love our Junior Volunteers! Our Junior Volunteers are able to assist with watering, enrichment, and various operational and sanitation tasks around the shelter.Our Junior Volunteers are not able to physically handle animals themselves, but they are able to assist their parent/legal guardian in doing so. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for following policies and procedures, attending animal handling trainings, and ensuring the Junior Volunteer is following rules set forth by the organization. The adult-to-child ratio must be 1:1.
Opportunities outside the shelter include holding donation drives and more. See our Donation Wish Lists.
- Children 16 and up may volunteer independently once a waiver signed by a parent/guardian is submitted.
If non-court ordered (school, Honors Society, work), fill out an application below.
Please note that volunteers requiring non-court ordered hours will need to meet the same requirements as our day-to-day volunteers. If court ordered, please do not fill out an application. Instead, e-mail email@example.com to check eligibility.