Volunteer

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 location in Sussex County. 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, participating in fundraisers and 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 and submit an application available here. Forms can also be faxed to 302-858-4663 or dropped off at the shelter.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call the Georgetown shelter at 302-858-4204.


Foster A Pet

Thank you for your interest in fostering animals for the Delaware SPCA. Foster volunteers may provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs or puppies. Some of our animals that are looking for foster homes may be underweight or too young for surgery and need a temporary home for a couple of days or a week. Other animals may require a bit of recovery time post-surgery, ranging from a few of weeks to a month or more of care. Others still may have special needs that may be better fulfilled through foster care.

Each year at our shelters we provide care for over 3,000 animals. Placing animals into temporary foster care helps to prevent overcrowding at our facilities. By offering your home, effort, and attention to an animal in need of fostering, you prepare that pet for adoption into a new forever home.

A few things to consider before applying to become a foster parent:

  • This program is for individuals who are 18 years or older and are interested in providing temporary care for a shelter animal in their home.
  • The average commitment is 2-4 weeks. The shelter will help you and your foster animal get started by giving you instructions on care, offering phone support, and providing any required veterinary care. A return date will also be scheduled for you.
  • Cats and kittens must be kept indoors at all times.
  • When dogs are outside, they must be supervised in an enclosed yard or leashed at all times.

Foster animals are carefully matched with foster homes according to the animals’ needs and the foster parents’ abilities. Whether you work full-time or are often at home, if you own dogs or cats, or if you live in an apartment or a single home there may be a foster placement appropriate for you.

If you are interested in fostering for the Delaware SPCA you can begin the application process now by completing an application. The information gathered through the application will improve our familiarity with potential foster homes and will help the Delaware SPCA to place animals into homes that may meet their individual needs.

After receiving your application, our foster coordinators will contact you to arrange a personal meeting to discuss your foster interests and the Delaware SPCA’s needs.

For the Georgetown shelter, please fill out the application available here. Forms can be faxed to (302) 858-4663 or dropped off at the shelter.

For more information about foster opportunities, call the Georgetown shelter at (302) 856-6361 x150.


Kids and Youth Groups

Thank you for your interest in helping animals! Volunteering is a wonderful way to learn, have fun and give back to your community. At the Delaware SPCA, you must be 18 years or older to work with or around animals. However, there are many other ways to help the animals at our Georgetown shelter.

Plan a Fundraiser

Since the Delaware SPCA relies on private donations to operate our shelters, money is always a welcomed gift! Organize a fundraiser at your school or in your neighborhood, and donate the money you raise to the Delaware SPCA. It’s easy to get started. Follow these simple steps…

  1. Pick a fundraiser you want to plan such as:
    • Have a bake sale or lemonade stand
    • Organize a dog or car wash
    • Have a dog treat sale
    • Organize a yard sale
    • Organize a read-a-thon (ask people to donate money for each page or book you and your friends read)
  2. Make flyers to promote the fundraiser
  3. Hand out the flyers in your neighborhood, local stores, your church, or at your school, etc.
  4. Tell people you know that you are doing a fundraiser and get them involved (family members, friends, neighbors, teachers etc.)
  5. Remember to say thank you to those who helped you.
  6. Remember to always ask permission from parents and teachers before starting any fundraiser event. Always work with friends and be safe.

Become a Foster Family

While our hands-on volunteer positions at Delaware SPCA have an 18 years old requirement, becoming a foster family is fun for all ages.  A parent will need to be the “foster parent”, but the whole family can get involved.

Foster families provide a temporary home for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in need. These families provide food and care to homeless animals that are either too young or sick to be adopted right away. Learn more about foster care and get started today.

Participate in Bark on the Boards

We hold an annual dog walk fundraiser each year.  Bark on the Boards takes place in Rehoboth Beach the first Saturday in October. You can collect donations with the help of your family, friends and school, and then walk in the event, with your dog.If you don’t have a dog, it’s still a blast seeing all the hundreds of adorable dogs who come. Sometimes we have volunteer opportunities kids can do with their parents or guardians.  Call volunteer coordinator for more info 302-856-6361.

Recycling

Collect any type of recyclable items (aluminum, glass, printer ink cartridges, etc.) which can then be turned in for money to be donated to the Delaware SPCA. If your school or group is already involved in a recycling program, perhaps you could choose a specific month or two to donate funds to the shelter. How about May? The first week of May is officially designated as “Be Kind To Animals Week”.

Wish List Drive

Collect items from our wish list and donate them to the shelter to directly help the animals.

Coin Drive

Hold a coin drive with a clever name such as Pennies for Pets, Dimes for Dogs, or Cash for Cats. Place the canisters (with your teacher’s permission) in your classroom to collect money for the animals.

Youth Work Party

Occasionally we need help with landscaping and grounds work – spreading mulch, weeding, planting flowers – or other special projects. If this is something you are interested in, please call for opportunities.

We are grateful for any way you chose to help our furry friends.

Create

Homemade cat toys or small cat/dog blankets for our shelter animals.

Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinators:

Georgetown Shelter, call 302-856-6361

Please note: It’s important that we hear from the person interested in volunteering, not the parents. Thank you!