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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Delaware SPCA. We care for 3,500 cats, dogs and other animals annually at our two shelter locations in New Castle and Sussex Counties. We couldn’t do it without our compassionate, dedicated, long-term volunteers.

Each year, volunteers with a wide variety of backgrounds donate their time giving hands-on care to animals, planning fundraisers, doing community outreach, providing administrative support, and more. Volunteering at our organization provides the opportunity for you to give back to animals in need, while working alongside other like-minded individuals.

We provide the training for volunteer positions, so no prior experience is required. Whether walking dogs, doing dishes, planning an event, or fostering an animal, you can be a part of the life-saving work we do.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • walking dogs
  • helping keep dogs and cats socialized
  • fostering animals
  • doing laundry, dishes, and cleaning
  • helping in shelter beautification and landscaping projects
  • assisting with office work
  • planning events and fundraisers
  • community outreach
  • providing maintenance/handyman services
  • preparing promotional materials for shelter animals
  • animal transport
  • and many more!

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Prospective volunteers under 18 can check out these youth volunteer opportunities.

If interested in volunteering, you must attend a volunteer orientation. See our calendar of events for dates of upcoming orientations. You must also fill out a volunteer application.

For the Georgetown shelter, please fill out the application available here. Forms can be faxed to (302) 856-9776 or dropped off at the shelter.

For the Stanton shelter, please fill out the application available here. Forms can be faxed to the Stanton shelter at (302) 998-2488 or dropped off at the shelter.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, call the Stanton shelter at (302) 998-2281 x326 or the Georgetown shelter at (302) 856-6361 x15.

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