Preprofessional Opportunities

ASPCA - Volunteer Opportunities


Category: Volunteer
Type: Veterinary
Location: New York New York


424 E. 92nd St New York, NY 10128-6804

(212) 876-7700


Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older and commit to a minimum of 8 hours/month for 6 months. * Attend the ASPCA Volunteer Orientation. This session provides an overview of the ASPCA’s philosophy, services and volunteer activities. Volunteer Orientations are held monthly; reservations are taken quarterly- March, June, September, and December. * Complete and return the Volunteer Application to the ASPCA Volunteer Department (provided at the Volunteer Orientation). * Attend additional training classes for specific activities.


The ASPCA was founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. The Society was formed to alleviate the injustices animals faced then, and we continue to battle cruelty today. Whether it’s saving a pet who has been accidentally poisoned, fighting to pass humane laws, rescuing animals from abuse or sharing resources with shelters across the country, we work toward the day in which no animal will live in pain or fear.

Volunteer Opportunities: Adoption Counselor (On and Off-Site):
Role: Assist potential pet adopters with the process of choosing and adopting a pet.
Major Responsibilities: Greet Members of the public upon entering the adoption area; answer telephones and provides customer assistance; counsel and screen potential new homes to insure adopters will adhere to our guidelines and that they have chosen a pet suitable to their lifestyle; assist adopters in choosing a pet that meets their needs
Age Requirement: 18 or older

Animal Care Technician:
Role: To assist the hospital staff by providing direct care and maintenance of hospital area and feeding and general husbandry of hospitalized animals. 
Major Responsibilities: Compassionate nursing care is the top priority for all animals; keep kennels clean, orderly and free of odor; ensure exam rooms and kennels are clean, orderly, and ready for use; feed and water animals as needed; exercise/socialize animals; take inventory and stock as needed; hospital laundry
Age Requirement: 18 or older

Cat Volunteer (On and Off-Site):
Role: Provide socialization for the shelter cats
Major Responsibilities: Moving cats in and out of their cages; interacting with the cats in the spaces designated for socialization; assist Adoptions staff / volunteers working with potential adopters
Age Requirement: 14 or older
Dog Volunteer (On and Off-Site):
Role: Provide exercise, socialization, and basic training for the shelter dogs.
Major Responsibilities: Moving dogs in and out of their cages; walking a dog outdoors for exercise using appropriate equipment; teaching basic obedience; cleaning up after the dogs while outside of their cages
Age Requirement: 18 or older

Humane Educator:
Role: Teach Humane Education classes and staff community outreach tables throughout the New York City area.
Major Responsibilities: Staff the ASPCA table at education and community outreach events; present education programs to students and/or adults in schools, after school programs, and other events
Age Requirement: 18 or older

Mobile Clinic Assistant:
Role: To assist the public on the ASPCA’s Mobile Clinic
Major Responsibilities: Assist veterinary assistants and greeters with intake and paperwork; customer service; translation services for staff and clients; assist with client processing to reduce wait time
Age Requirement: 18 or older

Veterinary Assistant:
Role: Assist the Animal Placement medical staff with the veterinary care of the shelter animals
Major Responsibilities: Retrieve dogs and cats from various locations throughout the ASPCA Headquarters; restrain animals during examinations and procedures (not expected to handle potentially dangerous animals); cleaning and basic housekeeping
Age Requirement: 18 or older