We are excited to start welcoming back our dedicated volunteers! If you are new to volunteering and interested in learning more please contact Destiny Cordeiro at Dcordeiro@rispca.com. We are currently adding new volunteers to a contact list to ensure that when we are able to hold orientations again you will be contacted.

The Rhode Island SPCA is a temporary home to up to 100 animals at any given time. These animals range from small animals and cats to dogs and more! We would not be able to give these animals the quality care they deserve without the help of our dedicated volunteers.


Volunteers must be:

– At least 18 years or older

– Able to work independently without direct supervision

– Must be able to commit to at 4 hours per month for a 3 month period

– $15.00 One-Time Volunteer Fee – this covers a Volunteer T-Shirt and helps to fund the volunteer program.

Direct Care Volunteer Opportunities

Kennel Assistant/Cat Room Assistant: Monday – Sunday 8:00am-10:00am; Help kennel staff with cleaning of kennels and cat cages, preparing morning feeding for cats and dogs, assist with laundry, dishes, and preparing enrichment toys for the dogs.

Cat and Small Animal Socializing: Monday – Friday 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday 10:00am-3:30pm and Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm; Play with, pet, and tend to small animals and cats. This requires scheduling of visits to ensure the cat room remains a calm environment for our cats.

Dog Walking and Socializing: Monday – Friday 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday 10:00am – 3:30pm and Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm; Walk, socialize, and work on training with our dogs. This requires scheduling of visits so that we can ensure our dogs are receiving the exercise and enrichment they need.

Supportive Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraising and Community Outreach – As a private, non-profit organization we rely heavily on fundraisers, events, and community outreach. Throughout the year, we have a number of events and community volunteer opportunities available.

Clerical – We often have clerical volunteer opportunities available, such as shredding, data entry, and filing that we can always use helping hands for.

Application Process

We are currently not accepting applications for new volunteers due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please email Destiny Cordeiro at Dcordeiro@rispca.com with any questions or concerns.

Please review our volunteer opportunities below and fill out an application HERE.

We will review your application and contact you to set up a volunteer orientation.

If you are interested in the supportive volunteer opportunities, please fill out the volunteer application and select Events/Event Prep and/or Clerical.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome local groups, schools, businesses, and organizations looking to do volunteer projects. Although direct animal care is not always available to groups, there are plenty of projects throughout the year that are crucial to our animals’ care and well-being. If you are interested in having your group volunteer with us, please call 401-438-8150 x3.

Senior Projects

There are limited spots available for Senior Projects each year. Please email Destiny Cordeiro at dcordeiro@rispca.com directly with project ideas and details.

Court Ordered Community Service Hours

The RISPCA does accept court ordered community service. Opportunities for court ordered community service will NOT be direct contact animal care. Please download an application here. Due to Covid-19 we are restricting our community service hours for the safety of our staff and volunteers. Please contact Destiny Cordeiro at dcordeiro@rispca.com or 401-438-8150 x3 to set up your hours. No violent, sexual, or animal related charges will be accepted.