2024 Volunteer First Contact

Interested in volunteering with the Nova Scotia SPCA? Want to learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area? Fill in your information below for more information.

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the Nova Scotia SPCA.

We have in-person volunteer opportunities in the following locations:

Cape Breton
Sydney - Shelter and Thrift Store

Truro - Shelter

Burnside, Dartmouth - Shelter and Thrift Store

Kings County
Waterville - Shelter
New Minas - Thrift Store

Pictou County
Granton - Shelter
*coming in summer 2024 - Stellarton - Shelter and Thrift Store*

Yarmouth County
Yarmouth - Shelter

If you would like to volunteer in person at a Nova Scotia SPCA facility, please choose your closest location from the previous list. Volunteer opportunities outside of these areas will be limited to very occasional help with transportation or outreach events. Alternatively, you can visit our website and hover over "How You Can Help" at the top for other ways you can offer your support.

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the NS SPCA in La Baie, NS. Currently, we are only able to offer foster opportunities in this region. Please go to http://www.novascotiaspca.ca/how-you-can-help/foster/ for more information and to apply.

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the Nova Scotia SPCA in Pictou County! Our current in-person volunteer positions in your area are located at our shelter on Granton Abercrombie Rd. We are currently building a new facility in Stellarton, and there will be a wider variety of volunteer opportunities, including thrift store positions, available starting in mid-2024. Come grow with us - we're excited to get to know you! 

Are you contacting us on behalf of another person or group?

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the Nova Scotia SPCA. At this time, all NS SPCA volunteers who are 16-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult through the training period. 

This adult must be able to attend and completed the necessary training, both online and in-person. Please complete this form and follow the next steps for more information on this process.

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with the Nova Scotia SPCA. At this time, all NS SPCA volunteers are required to be 16 or older.

Still want to help? People of all ages are welcome to come to the shelter to offer enrichment to shelter animals as a casual Cat Cuddler or Dog Walker. You can do this as often as you like during opening hours. Opening hours vary across the province - please go to Nova Scotia SPCA | Saving Lives. Creating Families. and click "Find Your SPCA" at the top to see the hours at your local shelter. Please note that young people under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult during these visits.

If you wish to visit the shelter casually, there is no need to complete this form. We hope to see you around the shelter soon!

To find out other ways people ages 15 and under can help the SPCA, click here!

Thanks so much for considering us when arranging your group volunteering event - we appreciate it!

These events do require some advanced planning and arrangements on our behalf, and as such, we generally require at least 7-10 days notice for these arrangements to be made. While you may request a date that is sooner than that, it may not be able to be accommodated. Please provide your group or business name below and click Submit. You will be sent our general group volunteer guidelines to review before continuing to make arrangements.

ex: John Doe, case worker, Flower Cart Group
We appreciate all offers of help! Please indicate below the option that best describes your availability to volunteer.

Regular Basis: volunteers for one 3-4 hour shift a week, normally at the same time (some exceptions may apply, ie, thrift store volunteers or those with rotational schedules).

Casual: volunteers on a drop-in basis, with frequency and time changing from week to week, based on organization needs or volunteer's availability.

Crisis: organization requests volunteers for a specific task/purpose, and volunteer helps where possible.

Specific Professional Skills: outside of our regular volunteer positions, these volunteers would be contacted only when these specific services are needed - ie: photography, graphic design, electrical, etc. Please note: some services require professional designation for insurance purposes (ie, red seal, etc).

How do you want to help the Nova Scotia SPCA?
Please note: If you are interested in socializing or training animals, please do not select the "professional skills" option, even if you have training in this field. Instead, choose either the "regular basis" or "casual" options above. You will be able to share more about your training and skills during the next steps of onboarding. Thank you!
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