Although the MSPCA’s volunteer program requires that volunteers be at least 16 years old to work with animals, there are many ways that children can help homeless pets. From hosting a bake sale fundraiser to creating a brochure that outlines the best way to care for a pet, kids can make a positive difference in the lives of animals.
But many children want to experience what it’s really like to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty cleaning cages and mucking stalls! That’s why we offer the MSPCA at Nevins Farm’s “Family Service Day” series. Eleven times a year, from 9am-12noon (most often on a Monday holiday), adult-child pairs are able to participate as hands-on volunteers at the MSPCA.
Each group participates in three activities: an animal care chore, support chores, and an educational presentation that includes a fun activity and animal meet & greet. Animal care chores include cleaning cat cages, walking gentle dogs, or mucking horse stalls. Available to kids in grades 2-6, the program provides a fun and educational opportunity for families to make a meaningful contribution to the MSPCA’s animal care efforts.
See 2018 dates posted below!
All chores are fully supervised by trained staff and volunteers to make sure that everyone has a fun and safe experience.
– Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
– Each pair is defined as a child and a parent/guardian (or a babysitter, adult sibling, grandmother, Big Brother, etc.)
– For families with more than one child who wants to participate, another adult is required to attend
– All registered families will be contacted via email, one week prior to their registered session, with additional program details
– The program registration fee is $20 per pair (due at registration, non-refundable), and the proceeds help support our many animal care and adoption programs!
2018 session dates:
Monday, January 15th (Martin Luther King Day)
Monday, February 19th (Presidents Day)]
Monday, April 16th (Patriots Day)
Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day)
Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day)
Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day)
November, Veterans Day Observed, date TBD (Veterans Day)