Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Find answers to some of the most common volunteer questions.

Q - What opportunities are available for volunteers?

Besides the opportunity to volunteer in the cat, dog and rabbit/small animal programs you will have the opportunity to work with people who share your passion. There is the social aspect and the ability to network.  There are also opportunities for promotion to become a program leader.

For more information, visit our volunteer information section.


Q - What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer?

Opening doors for career considerations, helping you develop personal skills, increasing your base of experience for future employment, making a contribution to your community and of course, spending time with and learning more about animals.

For more information, visit our volunteer information section.


Q - If I am a volunteer can I apply for a job with the BC SPCA?

Yes, if there is a vacancy.  Many of our volunteers become members of staff.

For more information, visit our volunteer information section.


Q - I am interested in a career working with animals. Do you have any suggestions or advice?

Volunteering with a local branch of the BC SPCA is one of the best methods of acquiring the necessary skills to perform work in an animal shelter. Many of our staff started out as volunteers.

The University of BC Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers courses and degrees in Animal Welfare. A number of our staff are graduates of this program.

The Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops offers a 2-level certificate program in Animal Welfare via distance education. For more information, visit the Animal Welfare Certificate Program page.


Q - How do I become a volunteer?

You can apply online or at your local shelter.  You will then be asked to attend an orientation or an interview depending on the size of the branch. This will be followed by a training session.

For more information, visit our volunteer information section.


Q - Can I volunteer in more than one program?

We recommend starting with one program and potentially expanding your responsibilities once you become familiar with the society.  Please see your local branch volunteer page for current opportunities

For more information, visit our volunteer information section.


Q - I am under 19 what volunteer opportunities are there for me?

To volunteer with the animals you must be at least 16 years of age.  Opportunities for youth 16-18 years of age are limited.  This is to ensure the safety of the volunteers in our programs.  Find the website of a BC SPCA branch near you to learn more about their volunteer programs and requirements. 

The BC SPCA feels that youth involvement in promoting animal welfare in the community is very important.  Have you thought of some other ways you could help animals in your community? 

  • Organizing a bake sale or neighbourhood dog wash to raise money for the animals at your local branch of the BC SPCA, is a great way to get involved

  • You can also join the BC SPCA Kids Club. You will receive a welcome package, four Bark! magazines a year and a monthly e-Kids newsletter to keep you in the loop about animal issues, events, contests and more!

  • Why not hold a BC SPCA themed Birthday Party? You can download or order special kits and activities to help you host an animal themed party at your home.

  • You can start a BC SPCA club with your friends or ask a teacher at your school to host a club.

These are just a few ways that you can help animals out in your community!

Learn more about how youth like you are making a difference.


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