Have you ever thought about volunteering at the SPCA? We’d love to have you join our volunteer family! There are many opportunities, some in the shelter, and some you can do from your own home. See the list below for just SOME of our opportunities! And be sure to join our email list to stay up-to-date on activities where the SPCA could use your help!

How Do I Volunteer?

  • Step one: View our Volunteer Opportunities (see list below, and also “Downeast Tails” newsletters for emerging opportunities)
  • Step 2: Fill out a volunteer application corresponding to your interests
  • Step 3: Use the Google Calendar link in the email you receive to reserve a training spot.
  • Step 4: Show up for training at the designated time at 141 Bar Harbor Rd, Trenton, ME 04605
  • Receive our never-ending thanks!

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Animal Care Volunteers

From socializing kittens and walking dogs to cleaning cages and getting hands-on with the care of animals at the SPCA, animal care volunteers are right at the heart of our operation. Please note that due to the safety concerns and physical demands of certain tasks, certain opportunities are limited.

Kitty cuddlers, including children, are welcome to come in and learn safe handling techniques so they can help socialize the shelter cats and kittens of Hancock County. Kitty cuddlers may bring a book to read to the cats, may play a handheld video game silently, or may color or draw. When the cats want to, you can even play and snuggle with them – how adorable!

Kitty cuddle training usually happens on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Please make sure to reserve your spot and fill out an application first.

Dog walkers come in regularly to help our dogs exercise. Because the majority of our dogs are larger and, like many shelter dogs, can be anxious, we require that dog walkers are 18 years or older. This is for safety and security reasons.

Dog walker training usually happens on Fridays from 11am to 2pm and lasts about an hour. Please make sure to reserve your spot and fill out an application first.

Shelter helpers are 14 years or older and help out with general cleaning around the shelter, from washing dishes to folding laundry and other housecleaning tasks. These little things may not seem like much but it sure piles up with so many animals, and we truly appreciate the helping hands!

Shelter helper training usually happens on Fridays at 9am to 10am. Please make sure to reserve your spot and fill out an application first.

Cat care helpers are 14 years or older and clean cat cages and cat community rooms. They may eventually learn more advanced handling techniques such as microchipping and nail trimming and restraining a stressed animal. They need to give attention to detail and notice changes in cats and report health concerns.

Cat care usually happens on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning. Please make sure to reserve your spot and fill out an application first.

Front Desk Volunteers

Answering phones, emails, and questions is only part of the job – the other part is making sure adoptions go smoothly when you volunteer at the front desk. Please note that due to the safety concerns, you must be 14 years or older to volunteer at the front desk since this is a job that puts you in direct contact with the public.

Adoption counselor assistants have the important job of answering phones and questions applicants have to steer them toward the perfect pet. They may also perform vet and landlord checks to screen applicants. It’s like customer service, except the end result is not only happy customers, but *hopefully* happily adopted animals!

Adoption day is a big day for people, and Adoption Day Preppers make it extra special by not only providing customer service during this time, but by ensuring that adoption packets are prepared and that all Petstablished records are kept up-to-date, including registering microchips.

Vet checkers make essential phone calls to potential adoption applicant vet offices and/or landlords to ensure that they qualify to adopt a pet, and they pass on any essential notes to the adoption counselor so that the applicant can either be approved or receive help on how to progress. 

Bottle Volunteers

Our bottle drive made $30,000 last year, which went a LONG way to paying off essential vet bills for the animals. You can help save lives when you volunteer in one of the following ways. Please note, you do not have to fill out a volunteer application to bring us your bottles OR to use our CLYNK bags. There is no training for bottle volunteers – just do it at your own pace and make a big difference!

Throughout the year and seasonally in the summer especially, partnering businesses donate their bottles to the SPCA of Hancock County as long as we send someone to pick the bottles up. Our volunteers who offer to do these pick-ups will receive gas money compensation, as well as gloves, sanitizer, and bags as long as you stop by the shelter before starting a pickup. Please note you will need to use your own vehicle, which is why we offer the stipend. A map of bottle drive locations will be provided.

On the last Saturday of every month, SPCA volunteers are encouraged to host bottle drives in their neighborhoods throughout the county. They can either bring the collected bottles to the SPCA or use CLYNK bags and deposit these at their nearest Hannaford. We love connecting with neighbors at these volunteer-driven events! Please note, we recommend having TWO people at each location. If you would like to host a location for a month, feel free to fill out the application below or otherwise reach out to us!

CLYNKers are our expert bag folders and dispensers of CLYNK bags with SPCA tags to their neighbors. You can pick up a supply of CLYNK bags to fold and tag from the SPCA by calling ahead, or you can have us drop them off to you. CLYNK regularly accounts for a large chunk of our bottle drive revenue, so thank you for your part!!