ATTENTION COVID-19 UPDATE: We are so grateful for the concern and offerings of support we’re getting from our community during this confusing time. Our staff is currently doing a wonderful job taking care of the animals in the shelter, while also helping pet owners who are struggling to provide for their animals in the wake of COVID-19. Sadly, we have had to suspend our volunteer program for the foreseeable future. The safety of our volunteers is incredibly important to us, and though we rely on the help of local animal lovers for nearly every aspect of the work we do, we need to limit the amount of people coming into the adoption center, and interactions we’re having.
We do not know what the future will bring, and in what ways we will need your support the most. If you’d like to help us right now from home, please consider making a donation to the Cape.
As the situation changes, and we need more assistance from our community, we will reach out via our social media sites. Please follow us for the most up to date information about our needs and challenges on Facebook and Instagram. We will also use these outlets to let you know when we’re able to start accepting new volunteers. We look forward to that time, and hope to meet you then!
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM INFORMATION
Want to devote your time to helping homeless animals in need? Volunteer at the MSPCA! The MSPCA cares for thousands of animals every year, including cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, birds, and more! We rely on our volunteers to help us with everything from cleaning to fundraising events and everything in between.
Volunteers are an integral part of the MSPCA team and are critical to the success of our mission. Through their unique talents, skill, knowledge and care, volunteers improve the lives of the animals we touch through our programs and in our communities. The staff offers a well-structured volunteer experience with an orientation, mentorship sessions, and subsequent specialized trainings. We provide an inclusive and integrated culture of support, treating each other with kindness and care. Together, staff and volunteers act as positive role models, demonstrating the organizational values of Excellence, Collaboration, Positivity, Service, Integrity and Compassion as we strive to support animals in our community and the people that love them.
What Do Volunteers Do?
- Daily care of animals (cleaning, feeding, exercising)
- Share information and interact with visitors
- Help with adoptions
- Socialize animals and provide animal behavior enrichment
- Help with fund-raising and community outreach events
- Enrich the lives of animals
- And more!
What Kind of Positions Are Available?
Our Volunteer Program is for those looking for a long-term volunteer commitment and encompasses a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Click here to view our volunteer jobs in Cape Cod (PDF file).
Volunteer positions are available 7 days a week. All positions require a minimum commitment of six months. Exact hours will vary based on your volunteer role. Volunteer shifts start as early as 8am and end at 4:30pm. Our greatest needs are from 8am-noon, as we must have the adoption center clean and ready by open hours.
Most volunteers will average 2-3 hours a day once a week or every other week. Some 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. All volunteers must attend a two hour orientation as well as a follow up training with a mentor before starting their position.
We also have a foster program where you can help ill, pregnant, young, or under-socialized animals in your home. Learn more about fostering.
How Do I Apply?
Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering at the MSPCA – Cape Cod! We are currently not accepting new volunteers. Please check back periodically for future volunteer opportunities. In the meantime you can learn about other ways to help.
Are you a Veterinarian?
We are looking for MA licensed veterinarians to volunteer at our spay/neuter clinic. Email email@example.com if you are interested in learning more!
Please email our volunteer coordinator or call the Adoption Center at 508-775-0940.
The MSPCA-Cape Cod was honored to be a part of Cape Cod Senior Navigator’s show about volunteers for seniors! Please watch and share about the incredible opportunities for seniors to make a difference on Cape Cod and beyond.