SPCA of Westchester has an animal shelter.


The SPCA of Westchester is indebted to the hundreds of individuals and family members who volunteer at our shelter and clinic.

If you have a love for animals, we have a volunteer opportunity for you! Whether you are interested in dog walking, cat care, grooming, greeting shelter visitors, event planning, taking part on our Golden Outreach Pet Therapy Program, shelter beautification, administrative work or opening your home to a foster animal, we can always use your help. If you have a special talent such as photography, carpentry or art, we can work together to find creative ways to use your skills.

Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age or older to assist in our dog walking/training program. We have a special volunteer program for young people who are under 18 (between the ages of 10-17). Please click here for the Junior Volunteer Application with an explanation of the activities that are available.

For those over 18, click here to download our Volunteer Application.

Please email your completed applications to Joanne@spca914.org.

Orientation & Training

All new volunteers are required to attend a general information session. These sessions are held monthly alternating between weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. Pre-registration for this session is required and space is limited. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator in order to register for the next available session at Joanne@spca914.org or call (914) 941-2896 ext. 28.

Please download our Volunteer Manual which explains all of the aspects of volunteering at the SPCA, as well as our mission and policies.

If you are interested in our Dog Walking Program, please read our SPCA Dog Walking/Training Description. This document explains how the program works. To read about the many volunteer opportunities and programs we offer both our dogs and cats, see our Behavior and Enrichment page. Once you've completed your volunteer orientation and if you chosen to take part in Canine Companion Program, please review the Canine Companion Manual. If you are interested in volunteering with our furry felines, please read our Feline Care Program Manual.

Service Projects for Groups and Organizations

We welcome groups and organizations looking to volunteer and donate their efforts to help the animals at the SPCA of Westchester. Please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Joanne Witmyer regarding the following available service projects:

  • Wish List Collections
  • Bake Sales
  • Car Washes
  • Shelter Planting and Cleanup
  • Tag Sales
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Penny Collection
  • Can/Bottle Recycling Drive
  • Towel/Blanket Drive
  • Dog & Cat Toy Drive

If your group or organization has a creative idea please submit your proposal for review. Service project proposals must be submitted and approved in advance. You can send your proposed service project with complete details to Joanne @spca914.org or to SPCA of Westchester, Attention: Volunteer Coordinator, 590 North State Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.