Volunteer at the ASPCA Adoption Center

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the ASPCA! 

The ASPCA Adoption Center is currently closed for in-person visitors but we are still conducting remote adoptions.

At this time, new volunteer onboarding has been paused. The health and safety of our employees, clients, partners and the animals in our care is our top priority. Please continue to check back for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and support. 

Interested in other ways to help?

We have an ongoing need for foster caregivers throughout the year; please visit our NYC Foster page to learn more. 

Volunteering at the ASPCA

Volunteering at the ASPCA in New York City connects the people in our communities to the ASPCA’s mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.

Guided by diverse and dedicated ASPCA staff members, volunteers act in partnership to improve animals’ lives in direct and impactful ways. ASPCA volunteers form a vital network of informed animal welfare advocates who are empowered to share their experience and knowledge with ASPCA clients and visitors, and their friends, families and neighbors, to build safer and more humane communities for animals.

ASPCA volunteers demonstrate a commitment to learning and are well-rounded and flexible to support the changing needs of the animals and the organization.

ASPCA volunteers respond when called upon to provide vital support to our operations, observing sheltering and animal welfare best practices and to augment the care of the animals that need us most.  As an ASPCA volunteer, you can make a difference.

ASPCA Volunteers are animal welfare advocates who have:

  • A commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • An understanding of ASPCA philosophies and policies, inclusive of our Guiding Principles.
  • A commitment to treating animals and people with care and respect.
  • A desire to represent the ASPCA in a professional and enthusiastic manner.
  • A motivated attitude and dependability.
  • A demonstrated commitment to learning.
  • Willingness to provide and receive feedback.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing situations and guidelines.
  • An understanding of and commitment to abide by ASPCA and Volunteer Program Guidelines.
  • A commitment to receive and respond to communications from Volunteer Program staff.

Please note the following:

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. We do not currently accept volunteers needing to fulfill court-appointed community service requirements and are not able to accommodate single-day or group volunteer opportunities.

If you live outside of the New York City area and are interested in volunteering for animals in need, find a shelter or rescue near you and contact them for more information.