Boston ACAC

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to devote your time to helping animals in need? Volunteer at the MSPCA! We care for over 5,000 animals annually and are here 365 days a year! We rely on our volunteers to help us with everything from cleaning to matchmaking.

Why Volunteer at the MSPCA?

- Help enrich the lives of homeless pets in need
- Learn more about animal behavior
- Meet other people who are passionate about animals
- Gain valuable hands-on experience
- Find a new path! Many volunteers end up making a career out of their love for animals
- Enjoy a purr, tail wag, and smile

What Do Volunteers Do?

- Clean!
- Feed cats, dogs, and small animals
- Provide animal behavior enrichment
- Dishes
- Laundry
- Educate and interact with visitors
- Help with adoptions
- Enrich the lives of the animals

What Kind of Positions are Available?

Volunteer opportunities are available year round. All positions require a six month commitment to a scheduled time each week. Certain positions are only open during specified hours each day. Please look through the position descriptions and time commitments to see which opportunity works best for you.

Foster Caregiver

Cat Caretaker

Cat Room Monitor

SafeWalk Volunteers (Dog Volunteers)

Small Animal Cage Cleaner and Socializer

Small Animal Friend

Pet Paparazzi

Housekeeping Helper

Tour Guide

Office Assistant

How Do I Apply?

Applications are accepted throughout the year. View descriptions of the positions available above. Once you have decided which position you are most interested in, complete the online application form located on the webpage of that position. You will receive an email acknowledgment when we receive your application. 

Due to the size of the adoption center, we cannot accommodate all applicants. We currently accept 25-50 new volunteers per month and receive over 300 applications a month. Positions for volunteers are filled based on our current scheduling needs and positions available at the adoption center. 

The MSPCA is committed to providing each volunteer with a rewarding and productive experience. We offer a well-structured volunteer program and we provide all necessary orientation and training.   

*Please note the minimum age to volunteer is 16 years old. Not 16 yet? Click here to check out other ways you can help the homeless animals in need!

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity for a student or client? Please email us at to find if there is an appropriate position to fit your student’s or client’s needs.

Group One Day Volunteer Activities: If you are interested in being alerted to group volunteer opportunities that arise in the future please email us at to be placed on an email notification list. This way we can notify you as opportunities arise. Please note that group opportunities are a sporadic need and generally involve helping out with our special events. Group opportunities do not involve direct animal care and contact. Please include in your email more information about your group including the size of your group and any special requirements.

Are you a Veterinarian? We are looking for MA licensed Veterinarians to volunteer at our Spay/Neuter Clinic. Interested in learning more? Email

Questions? Email