Junior Volunteers

Junior Volunteers (Ages: 14-17)

At this time, we are switching to a new volunteer management software and are unable to accept Junior Volunteer applications. Due to this transition, we will resume accepting applications June 14th for the June 26th deadline for Session 3.

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 Junior Volunteers handle animals infrequently. 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 to be thorough on your application and essay questions.

  1. Fill out an online application. (Online application forms will be available beginning June 14th.)
  2. Answer each of the following essay questions thoughtfully and thoroughly in a short paragraph. Each paragraph should be at least three or more sentences to provide a solid knowledge base of each question. Please submit in a Word Document or PDF. Please email it to volunteer@vbspca.com with the subject title “Junior Volunteer Application.”
    • Why do you want to be a Junior Volunteer with the VBSPCA?
    • What is the difference between Virginia Beach Animal Control Shelter and the VBSPCA Shelter?
    • What are your strongest qualities or skills that would benefit our organization?
    • What are the characteristics and tasks of a responsible pet owner?
    • Why is it critical to spay and neuter animals?

Applications and essays are due one month before each orientation in order to be considered. Applications and essays received after each deadline will be reviewed and considered for the following session. The below sessions are for 2023.

Session 1 Orientation – February 25th
Deadline for all materials – January 25th

Session 2 Orientation – May 20th
Deadline for all materials – April 20th

Session 3 Orientation – August 26th
Deadline for all materials – June 26th

Session 4 Orientation – October 28th
Deadline for all materials – September 28th

Our quarterly orientations are by invitation only. After you apply, if accepted, you 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.