Volunteering at the Roanoke Valley SPCA is “heart” work!

*The RVSPCA is committed to helping pets in our community as safely as possible. Due to COVID-19, we are limiting the amount of people we can have in the building, including volunteers. We welcome new volunteers to fill out an online volunteer application, pay the registration fee, and begin the online volunteer orientation, but please know that it may be some time before we are able to  complete your volunteer training and have you begin volunteering with us. This is for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and pets.*

There are many ways to help the animals at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, both in and out of the shelter.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

Step 1: Complete the Volunteer Application. Volunteer must be 16 years of age. Volunteers 15 years and younger must apply with a parent or legal guardian. Family volunteer opportunities are available.

Step 2: Pay a one-time, non-refundable $15 volunteer registration fee. This covers the cost of the volunteer t-shirt, materials, and insurance.  Volunteer t-shirts are awarded after completion of orientation and 4 hours of volunteer work.  This fee helps to ensure that the vast majority of our funding is spent directly on animal care.  Please understand that your volunteer fee is non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to the shelter should you decide to forgo volunteering.

Step 3: Once your application and fee have been submitted, you will receive an invitation to register for New Volunteer Orientation. We now offer New Volunteer Orientation, Part 1 online, making it easier to get started. If online orientation is not an option for you, or if you have any questions about the volunteer process, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Sarah Anglim, via email or at 540-339-9503 to schedule an in-house orientation. Registration is required to attend Volunteer Orientation.  

Step 4: Schedule and attend all additional training classes as required for specific activities.

Step 5: Commit to a minimum of 4 hours a month for at least 6 months. 

For more information email Sarah Anglim or call 540-339-9503.


Group Volunteering. The Roanoke Valley welcomes groups wishing to help the animals through giving of their time. If your group is interested in volunteering as a group, please complete the Roanoke Valley SPCA Group Service Project Request Form. Send completed form to Sarah Anglim.