THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.


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Make a difference one animal at a time. Volunteer.

The BC SPCA operates with the assistance of over 4,000 volunteers who work at the shelter level and in a variety of fundraising, advocacy and education roles. These critical individuals assist our branches through activities such as dog walking, cat wellness, rabbit and small animal care, administrative support, special events, fundraising, education, volunteer coordination, fostering, advocacy, and so much more.

They may be called volunteers but to our staff and animals, they are heroes. In every capacity they serve, volunteers are a highly valued resource to our society and are making a very real difference to the lives of so many animals.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

  1. Complete an application (see 'View our volunteer programs and apply' below)
  2. Attend an Information Session
  3. Attend an Interview
  4. Complete a Criminal Record Check
  5. Attend a Workshop (or DVD training session)
  6. Attend a buddy training session

View our Volunteer Programs

Discover how you can help improve animal welfare and provide care to homeless, injured and abused animals until loving new homes are found.

Download any of the following volunteer job descriptions* to learn more.

*These programs may vary by location. Please check with your local branch for more information.

Join our Volunteer Team! Apply to become a Volunteer Below

Our branches are currently transitioning to a new online volunteer application system. The following branches are now using this system and their volunteer opportunities can be viewed directly. Click on the branch name to view the current opportunities for that branch:

For all other branches, until they have transitioned to the new volunteer application system, please visit the applicable branch volunteering information by clicking on a branch name:

Thank you for your patience as we transition to our new volunteer system!

A message from the CEO

Read a letter from BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell thanking more than 4,000 compassionate and caring BC SPCA volunteers.  

Volunteer of the Year

Join us in celebrating this year's Volunteer of the Year award winners.

Volunteer locations

Find a BC SPCA Branch near you to learn more about volunteer opportunities, orientation sessions and how to apply.

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to some of the most common volunteer questions.

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