Animal Videographers &
Photographers Needed!

Use Your Skills to Help Animals Find Homes!

 

The glamorous and exciting world of photography and videography can be yours...and most of your models will have four feet and WILL eat a sandwich! The SPCA needs volunteers 18 years of age or older to create short video clips and/or take photos of our adoptable pets. Video volunteers should have an HD video camera with basic knowledge of editing, photography volunteers need a digital camera, and both jobs require a home computer with Internet access and basic knowledge of Internet posting. Top priority: volunteers must have an abiding love for animals, a commitment to helping them find the loving homes they deserve, and an understanding that professional-looking photos and videos DO lead to adoptions!! We'll work around your schedule whenever possible! For more information contact SPCA e-Coordinator Tara: Tara.spcaec@yahoo.com.

SPCA Volunteer Program

Director of Volunteer Services:
Kelly Lindstrom  *  716-629-3503  *  kellyl@spcaec.com

Volunteer Services Coordinator
Jeffrey Rouch *  716-629-3503  *  jeffreyr@spcaec.com

Volunteer Services Assistant:
Amanda Whyte *  716-629-3503  *  amandaw@spcaec.com 

SPCA VOLUNTEER FAQs

Volunteer Program Opportunities at the SPCA:

PAWS FOR LOVE Volunteers 

The SPCA is seeking people and pets of all kinds for its visitation program. Two- and four-footed volunteers bring joy to the lives of those in nursing homes, hospitals, and more. Dogs, cats, even pocket pets are encouraged to apply! To learn more, visit Paws for Love or contact Paws for Love Coordinator Debbie Braun, 716-681-0744. SEE OUR COMPELLING 'PAWS FOR LOVE' VIDEO HERE!


FOSTER CARE Volunteers

Animals of all types are in need of fostering. If you would like to open your heart and home to these animals in need, please contact the SPCA's Foster Care Coordinator, Megan Kraemer, 716-629-3509.

NEW LEASH ON LIFE Foster Volunteers

Help give our dogs a new leash on life! Can you foster a special dog available for adoption, yet who cannot handle temporary residence at the SPCA shelter? If your answer is "yes," then WE NEED YOU!  Learn about New Leash on Life and how you can help here. For details, call 716-609-0189. Download a New Leash On Life volunteer application here!   

 

YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The SPCA's Youth Volunteer Program is for students grades 7 - 12 who need community service hours for school, scout groups, religious organizations, etc. For more information on the Youth Volunteer Program or to sign up, contact the SPCA Volunteer Department using the contact information above. 

COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS

There are many internship opportunities at the SPCA for college students. The internship program runs year-round. For more information, please see our internship application and position descriptions, below, or contact the SPCA Volunteer Department using the contact information above.

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

INTERNSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Electronic Media Intern
Humane Education Office Assistant Intern
Humane Education TLC Intern
Humane Education EKK Literacy Program Intern
Humane Education Tour Guide 

    SPCA VOLUNTEER FAQs

    Scroll down for answers to the following questions:

 

  • How old do I have to be to volunteer with the animals?
  • If I'm under 18, what jobs can I do?
  • Are there any other requirements for volunteering?
  • Do you have a foster care program?
  • What jobs are available for people who want to come in and work with the animals at the SPCA?
  • Can I do more than one job? For example, can I clean cat cages and walk dogs?
  • Is there a minimum time commitment?
  • Can I drop in and work whenever I have time?
  • Are there exceptions to the rules about time commitment and keeping a regular schedule?
  • Do you offer a summer-only volunteer program?
  • Does your volunteer program cover court-ordered community service?
  • What if I only need to do a certain number of hours for school?
  • How do I set my schedule?
  • I've read all the Volunteer FAQs. What if I still have questions?
  • OK, I'd love to help! What's the next step?
  • Are there any jobs that do not involve contact with animals? 
  • What are the hours during which volunteers can work?

  


 

How old do I have to be to volunteer with the animals?

You must be at least 18 years of age before you can walk dogs, work in the cat room, or otherwise have contact with any of the animals.  We apologize for the restriction, but issues related to insurance force us to impose this requirement.
 


 

 

If I'm under 18, what jobs can I do?

You can join the Youth Volunteer Program for students grades 7 - 12! It runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  Please call as soon as you get your class assignments as this program does fill up quickly.

You can also organize a drive to collect items from our Wish List.  You can ask your friends, relatives, neighbors, and classmates if they'd like to donate things such as blankets, towels, dog toys, bags of kitty litter, cleaning supplies, etc.  These donations are very helpful to us, since we use-up an enormous amount of supplies every year.

You and your family can also help with foster care.
 


 

Are there any other requirements for volunteering?

You should be able to read and communicate well enough to follow instructions.  You should get along well with others, because you will have to work closely with staff members or other volunteers.  But you should also have the ability to work independently  without close supervision.

Dog enrichment, educational farm, and wildlife volunteers need to be healthy and reasonably strong.

If you are taking immuno-suppressive drugs, you should check with your doctor before you start volunteering.
 


 

Do you have a foster care program?

Yes, and the whole family can help with this rewarding job!  We're always looking for people who can provide temporary care and housing to young or ill animals.  The animals would live with you for a period of a few weeks, until they can be returned to the SPCA for adoption.  You don't need to attend our "orientation" sessions in order to do foster care.  Contact the Foster Care Department, 716-629-3509 for more information, or visit our Foster Care information page. We also have a NEW LEASH ON LIFE canine behavioral foster program. Call 716-609-0189 for more information!
 


 

What jobs are available for people who want to come in and work with the animals at the SPCA?

There are a variety of animal care and clerical jobs available.  You can read some brief descriptions above!



Can I do more than one job? For example, can I clean cat cages and walk dogs?

If you decide that you want to work with animals, we ask that you limit yourself to a single animal-care job, at least until you become a "seasoned" volunteer.  We value enthusiastic volunteers, but we don't want you to over-extend yourself.  However, if you feel up to the task, you can add an administrative-type job  such as data entry  whenever you feel like you can handle the extra work load.


 

Is there a minimum time commitment?

Yes.  If you have an animal-care job, we request that you agree to volunteer for at least two hours per week, for at least a year.  (You're welcome to commit to a longer shift, if your schedule allows it.)  We apologize for imposing such stringent requirements.  The reason is this:  the staff and existing volunteers invest substantial time and effort into training new "recruits".  Having a large turn-over would put a strain on everyone involved.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule.  Please see the explanation further below.
 


 

Can I drop in and work whenever I have time?

No, we ask that people adhere to a regular schedule (for example, 1:00 - 4:00 PM every Tuesday).  Of course, we assume that you will occasionally be forced to miss your shift as a result of vacations, doctors' appointments, etc.  However, we do ask that you make a sincere effort to follow your schedule whenever possible.
 


 

Are there exceptions to the rules about time commitment and keeping a regular schedule?

Yes.  Foster care is performed in your home, so there is no particular schedule.  Special Event help (such as answering phones at our annual Radiothon) is done on an as-needed basis.  Data entry is also more flexible.

Paws for Love requires a commitment of two visits per month.

Some of the other non-animal-care jobs are also more flexible about time commitments.  Ask us for details.
 


 

Do you offer a summer-only volunteer program?

No, unfortunately we do not.


 

Does your volunteer program cover court-ordered community service?

No, that's administered through a separate department.  Please call Matt Laufer at 716-629-3513 for information regarding court-ordered community service.
 


 

What if I only need to do a certain number of hours for school?

You may be scheduled to help with a special event.  You can do this without attending our "Orientation" sessions.  Advance notice is required, usually at least two weeks. Please use the contact information at the top of the page to sign up for a special event!

You can also organize a drive to gather items from our Wish List.  Just keep track of how much time you spend on this project, and we'll sign any documents required by your school. 

 


 

How do I set my schedule?

Once you have completed our "orientation" sessions, the staff and existing volunteers will work with you to determine a mutually acceptable schedule.