Rhode Island SPCA

We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves

Volunteer Positions Available

Animal Care Assistants

In this position, you will assist the staff in cleaning, feeding, and exercising the animals prior to the shelter opening in the morning. It’s a great way to get hands on experience working with animals, as well as being directly involved with their care.

Dog Walkers

This position involves walking, training, and giving some cuddle time to the shelter dogs. It may also involve helping staff show shelter dogs to potential adopters. All dog walkers are required to attend a dog handling and safety class which is offered the day you attend regular volunteer orientation.

Foster Parents

The need for foster parents varies according to the time of year. During kitten season (early spring through early fall), we need foster parents willing to open their homes to pregnant and nursing mother cats and orphaned kittens who may need to be bottle fed until they’re ready for adoption. This position requires a truly committed individual, as sometimes animals may need to be in foster care for up to eight weeks or longer.

Special Events and Fundraisers

There’s always something going on at the RISPCA! We are seeking help with planning and setting up special events and fundraisers, such as our silent auction, dog walk, horse ride, pasta dinner, and manning booths at local community events to promote the RISPCA.

Special Skills

Just because we haven’t mentioned your special skill or talent does not mean we aren’t interested in hearing about it. In the past we’ve had help from graphic designers, carpenters, computer technicians, and more. If you have an idea that you feel could benefit the animals, we would love to hear from you!