The ASPCA District Captain program is a special opportunity for key advocates to take a leadership position in the animal welfare community and fight for animals in a hands-on way.
District Captains will be involved in organizing and connecting other advocates in their area, meeting with legislators, writing letters to the editor, and volunteering with the ASPCA Government Relations team to help coordinate events, connect local volunteers, organize advocacy efforts, and promote social media campaigns!
Most District Captain activities can be carried out from home and within your community, though travel in your state may be requested on occasion as part of a volunteer opportunity. We will stay in touch with you about upcoming issues and keep you informed about volunteer activities in your community. We will also connect you with other advocates looking to volunteer in your community.
Here's what our ASPCA District Captains are saying about the program:
“I have learned a great deal about working with representatives and how the legislative process works. It is extremely satisfying to see that we are making progress on behalf of animals.” -- Dave, Owings Mills, MD
“I love being a District Captain because I am able to be a voice for the animals. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing team of animal advocates with the ASPCA." -- Kim, Henderson, NV
“I serve because I want to prevent future suffering of America’s animals through stronger legislation." -- Suzanne, Fleetwood, PA
“I feel great about my role in the District Captain program because I’m able to help other like-minded constituents connect with our representatives in the hopes that they make the right choices concerning the welfare of animals.” -- Shaun, Roseland, NJ
If you're not comfortable doing the following activities, please consider joining our Regional Advocacy Field Team (RAFT), which is a national volunteer program for volunteers who will work hand-in-hand with the District Captain in their area to actively engage on ASPCA priority legislation. RAFT Volunteers will work in coordination with ASPCA Legislative Engagement Team and the closest ASPCA District Captain Volunteer to support priority animal welfare legislation through grassroots advocacy. Tasks may include:
- Organizing and participating in phone banking projects
- Drafting letters for Letters to the Editor (LTE) banks
- Attending and helping organize advocacy events and in-district lobby meetings
- Driving social media advocacy campaigns
- Supporting ballot measure work
- Submitting letters to the editor
- Sending personal letters to their legislators
- Participating in text banking
- Being the first line of advocacy, such as lobbying legislators, etc.
If you're interested in joining the RAFT program instead, please email us at [email protected].
Excited to get started? Please carefully read our volunteer description here and then fill out the form below to apply.
Because of the incremental nature of getting legislation passed, we ask for a minimum commitment of 12 months. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].