Volunteering Policy Terms and Conditions

Thank you for your interest in joining the Houston SPCA Volunteer Family!

Please fill out the Houston SPCA Volunteer application so we can know more about your interests in volunteering.  

We also have opportunities to help animals in need through volunteering on our campus, such as walking dogs, helping in the cattery or taking animal profile photos.  There is also a need for volunteers at the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas.  All of these opportunities are listed below and can help navigate your way through these enriching programs. No matter how you’d like to make a difference, we’re glad you are here!  

Join the Houston SPCA Foster Family:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Can commit to fostering at least one animal within one calendar year.  
  • You will also need reliable internet access to receive Foster schedules and communicate with the Foster Family Coordinator.    
  • Once the application has been approved, we will send you a link for the online Foster training video.  Please note that we do not accept applicants who have a history of sexual offense, violent crime, theft or animal cruelty.
  • After successfully watching the Foster training video, you can begin Fostering animals in need!

For Foster Family related questions, please contact the foster coordinator at foster@houstonspca.org.

Join us as a Houston SPCA On-Campus Volunteer:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Can commit to volunteering 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. 
  • Volunteers over 18 years old will need to complete a background screening.
  • You will also need reliable internet access to receive scheduling as well as communication from the Volunteer Manager.   

Once an application and background check has been approved, we will send a link to register for volunteer orientation.  Please note that we do not accept applicants who have a history of sexual offense, violent crime, theft or animal cruelty.

After completing orientation, you choose which area of animal care you want to help make a difference in, then register for online training for that specific area. Once online training is completed, you are ready to start volunteering and making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please email Volunteer Services at volunteer@houstonspca.org.

Join us as a Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas Volunteer:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Can commit to at least 6 months of volunteer service  
  • Volunteers over 18 years old will need to complete a background screening.
  • You will also need reliable internet access to receive scheduling as well as communication from the Volunteer Manager.   

After completing orientation, you will receive instructions on training and how to sign up for volunteering hours. Once you’ve completed orientation and training, you are ready to start volunteering and making a difference for wild animals in need!

If you have any questions about volunteering with the Wildlife Center, please contact, the Operations Manager at the Wildlife Center of Texas, at rehab2@houstonspca.org.

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