The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare welcomes individuals who can support staff in meeting the mission of the organization.
Volunteer roles include animal care, retail customer service, dog walking, and much more.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW
DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Miranda Ewing joined the team at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in February 2020. She has committed her life to volunteering and fostering homeless animals, and believes the strength of a community shines when we can lean on each other. A 2012-2013 AmeriCorps alumni and Rescue Volunteer for Team Stinkykiss (a local CSRA animal rescue), she is an advocate for all animals and all people! Her family includes her husband, who knows all critters may find a temporary home with him (even if he's allergic to some).
NEW VOLUNTEER INFO SESSIONS AVAILABLE!
General volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. To become a volunteer, you must first attend a Shelter 101 Information Session. These information sessions are designed to explain how our volunteer program is structured and highlight the expectations we have of volunteers. By the end of the information session you will be able to determine if you are a good fit for our volunteer program and if our program suits your volunteering needs.
Upcoming session dates are listed below and are for individuals aged 16 and older. Dates are subject to change. Advance notice is not necessary, but punctuality is required. If you arrive more than 5 minutes late, please attend the next session.
Friday, February 28th; 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday, March 12th; 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 21st; 10:30 - 11:30 am
Saturday, April 11th; 10:30 - 11:30 am
Tuesday, April 21st; 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Children aged 12-15 may join the volunteer team as Junior Volunteers who are able to participate in select volunteer activities with a parent or legal guardian. Please call the Director of Community Relations at (803) 648-6863 Ext.2 to schedule a Junior Volunteer orientation.
After attending a Shelter 101 Information Session, if you determine that you are a good fit for our volunteer program, please submit a Volunteer Application. If selected, you will be contacted by email to attend an interview with our Director of Community Relations.
If you are invited to join the volunteer team, you will receive a volunteer package which includes a volunteer t-shirt, name badge with lanyard, and a coupon for an additional item of your choice (coupon only applied to volunteers age 16+). The cost for this volunteer package is $25, $20 for seniors (55+) and students, and $10 for Junior Volunteers.
MANDATORY (Court Ordered)
Community service volunteers must be at least 16 years old. If you need to complete PTI or court ordered community service hours, please email the Volunteer Coordinator - include your case manager's name and phone number in your email. The volunteer coordinator MUST FIRST verify your information with your community service contact before you can begin your volunteer duties. Once your information is verified, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. After the interview, if you are approved to participate in our program, you will be able to begin your service hours.
Applicants with the following offenses will NOT be permitted to perform community service with our organization:
Any offense relating to theft, burglary, fraud, arson, or breaking and entering
Any violent offense, including but not limited to: animal cruelty, assault and battery, domestic violence, child abuse or endangerment and any sexual conduct offenses.
Community service volunteers are charged a $10 deposit for the use of a t-shirt and name badge while completing their service. This deposit will be refunded upon the return of these items. Completion of required hours at the Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is dependent upon our need for additional help at the time you apply. The Albrecht Center reserves the right to refuse volunteer service from any applicant.