Methuen ACAC/Nevins Farm

Volunteer Program

The MSPCA relies on a large group of active, committed volunteers who help both in the shelter and out in the community. These dedicated men and women help care for the shelter's animals, assist with special events, assist in the office and work with local businesses and corporations - they are there wherever extra help is needed!

We are always looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, the first step is to register for a volunteer orientation. Once your registration has been submitted, you will receive an invitation to our next upcoming orientation. Orientations are held once a month on Sunday's from 9am - 12pm.

You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer in the shelter or at the barn and we ask for a 6 month commitment from our volunteers. Most volunteers will average from 2-4 hours a day, one day a week, on a designated day and time slot scheduled by the volunteer coordinator.

 *NEW* Are you looking for a shorter-term volunteer opportunity to fulfill community service hours?  Visit our Community Service page to learn more!

We have programs for kids, too!  Our Family Service Day Program for kids in grades 2-6, and our Junior Volunteer Program for teens in grades 7+ (through age 15) are now available for registration.  Click links to learn more.

Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week. The hours can start as early as 7am and end at 5pm, with the exception of Tuesday and Thursday evenings when the shelter is open until 6pm. Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to:

Volunteer Animal Caregiver
Responsibilities include: assisting the staff in kennel and stall cleaning and cleaning and upkeep throughout the day for the animals. Activities include a variety of tasks including walking dogs, grooming cat, small mammals or horses, feeding and bathing animals and giving lots of TLC to help the animals feel comfortable. Volunteers also greet and assist the public. Volunteers assist with many tasks which help to make the property more comfortable for both animals and people.

Office and Retail Volunteer
Volunteers are also needed to assist in a variety of office related projects that can be done both at home and in the shelter. For those that want to help but don't have the time to volunteer on a weekly basis, the shelter holds a variety of fundraisers and special events over the course of the year.

We are currently seeking 1-2 Retail Interns to assist our Shelter Operations Coordinator 15-20 hours/week.  To learn more, please visit our Retail Internship page.

Education Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to join our educational efforts, inside the shelter and beyond! Our education programs includes on-site tours (we book LOTS in the spring!), off-site presentations in classrooms and other facilities, an after-school program, toddler story hour, therapy animal visits to local assisted living centers, and our own Children's Summer Camp. This opportunity is available to current volunteers with a solid understanding of the MSPCA's mission and the animals we place for adoption.  If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and love of animals with the community, please join our team of education volunteers.

Special Events Volunteer
The Shelter holds a variety of fundraisers and special events over the course of the year. From the golf tournament to our auction, we need volunteers to make each day a success. If you are unable to make a weekly commitment to the shelter, this is a great way to lend a helping hand. Some events are on site but others will require travel. Many are on the weekends.

Adoption Center Greeter
Are you a people person as well as an animal lover?  Are you interested in helping the animals but unable to do the physical work involved with direct animal care?  We are looking for volunteers to help during our busy weekend hours to welcome visitors to our adoption center and point them in the right direction.  We need a friendly face to answer basic questions about our programs and make sure that everyone who comes through our doors has a positive experience!

Foster Care Volunteer
The foster care program is a life saving extension of our adoption centers. Our foster families volunteer to temporarily care for and treat horses, chicks, dogs, cats, rabbits and duckling (to name a few) until they are ready to find new permanent homes. Click here for more information about the Foster Care Program.

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Dog Training Internship
We have an exciting volunteer opportunity for an extremely organized, detail oriented, computer savvy individual to work with our Dog Training Coordinator.  Responsibilities will mainly involve the administration of our Dog Training program which offers between 20-25 classes per week and would include processing class registrations, payments, sending confirmations, updating our website, rosters, and electronic calendars as well as interfacing between students, our Instructors and the Dog Training Coordinator.  If you are interested in this internship please contact Jolene Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator at for more information.