Junior Volunteers

Junior Volunteers (Ages: 14-17)

Our Junior Volunteers (JVs) assist VBSPCA staff in the day-to-day operations of the shelter. Cleaning and other support activities are a major part of the junior volunteers’ duties. Please note that NEW JVs handle animals infrequently for the first three months of their volunteer journey. With time and experience, JVs are given more responsibility to help with direct animal care. There is very little “playtime” at any point of the program.

Interested in Applying?

Motivated self-starters make the most successful JVs. Interested teens should follow the steps listed below. We have a limited number of spots available each session, so make sure your online application is complete before submitting it, including the essay question portions.

  1. Fill out an online application. Click here to apply for the Junior Volunteer Program.
  2. At the end of each application period, all applications will be reviewed and each applicant will receive an email of approval or denial to the Junior Volunteer Program.
  3. If approved, applicants will receive instructions on submitting the registration fee of $25 and registering for orientation.

Applications are due one month before each orientation to be considered for the program. Applications received after the corresponding deadline will be reviewed and considered for the following session. The below sessions are for 2024.

Session 1 Orientation – February 24th
Deadline for all materials – January 26th

Session 2 Orientation – May 18th
Deadline for all materials – April 19th

Session 3 Orientation – August 17th
Deadline for all materials – July 19th

Session 4 Orientation – October 26th
Deadline for all materials – September 27th

Our quarterly orientations are by invitation only. Accepted applicants will be sent an invitation to the parent/JV orientation along with instructions for signing up for orientation. If your application is not accepted, you will receive an email notification. Please note, this does not affect your ability to reapply.

For more information, please contact the VBSPCA Volunteer Team at volunteer@vbspca.com

**If you are looking for community service hours to fulfill a school requirement, please refer to the information on the School Community Service page.