Become A Volunteer

Requirements

The Tulsa SPCA has minimum requirements for our volunteer program to ensure all volunteers are the right fit for our organization, and to ensure we are providing the best volunteer experience possible.

  • Volunteers must have valid health insurance coverage and provide a copy of proof of insurance before beginning volunteer work.
    • Pets Are Love (PAL) program volunteers must also provide proof of homeowners insurance that covers their pets.
  • Volunteers must be able to make a time commitment of at least 4 hours per month, for a minimum of 6 months (with the exception of dog and cat socializer positions).
  • Volunteers must be at least 9 years of age. Volunteers 9-15 must have a parent or guardian with them at all times while volunteering. Volunteers 16-17 may volunteer on their own after a parent or guardian has attended orientation and all necessary training with them.
  • Volunteers must complete (and have the ability to pass) background screening (18 and up only).
  • Volunteers must have a good attitude, and a desire to positively impact the lives of dogs and cats within our community!

Orientation and training

We strive to provide a well-rounded training program to ensure our volunteers feel safe and adequately prepared for their work with us and our animals.

  • All volunteers are required to attend basic orientation (held twice a month) and any training related to the job they wish to perform. Orientation last for about an hour.
  • After completing orientation volunteers can expect to spend 2-3 hours in training when beginning their volunteer work (depending on their respective volunteer position.)
  • Training is typically held on Saturdays and Sunday.

How to become a volunteer

  • Submit an online application.
  • You will receive an email from the volunteer manager within 3 business days containing information on the orientation/training schedule.
  • Sign up for a basic orientation.
  • Complete any additional training necessary for volunteer job(s) that you are interested in.
  • Begin signing up for shifts and gain a wonderful experience helping Tulsa pets in need!

 

Volunteer Job Opportunities

K-9 Adoption Counselor– In this role you connect adoptable dogs to people. Adoption counselors introduce potential adopters to animals and guide them through the adoption process.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101, Dog 200, and Adoptions 101

Feline Adoption Counselor – In this role you connect adoptable cats to people. Adoption counselors introduce potential adopters to animals and guide them through the adoption process.

Requires: Basic orientation, Cat 101 and Adoptions 101

Cat Socializer – This position works directly with the cats providing them consistent touch and basic needs fulfillment.

Requires: Basic orientation, Cat 101

Clinic Receptionist – The clinic receptionist is the initial contact the public has when contacting our clinic. If you have a passion for helping people and animals this job is for you.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101, Cat 101, Clinic-reception

Clinic Receptionist Assistant –  The reception assistant in the clinic works as a team with the clinic receptionist to ensure vaccine and spay/neuter clinics run smoothly and clients receive the best customer service possible.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101, Cat 101, Clinic-medical

Clinic Assistant The clinic assistant is a hands-on position in which volunteers assist clinic staff with treatments and procedures, as well as maintaining clinic cleanliness and sanitation.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101, Cat 101, Clinic-medical

Dog Socializer – This position works directly with the dogs providing them consistent touch and basic needs fulfillment. Volunteers will help dogs by walking them and providing humane to canine interaction.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101, Dog 200 optional

Education Ambassador – Education ambassadors visit schools, churches, hospitals and other places to help us educate the public on a wide range of humane topics.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101

Follow-up Caller – This is a customer service position contacting adopters. Volunteers performing this task need to be very comfortable talking to people on the phone.

Requires: Basic orientation

Foster Parent – Our foster program makes it possible for us to adopt out more animals than we can house at our shelter location. To apply to serve as a foster family for dogs, cats, or both, please contact the Tulsa SPCA. Our Volunteer Manager will assist you in setting up an interview.

Requires: Interview and Foster orientation

Front Desk Receptionist – The receptionist is the initial contact the public has when contacting our organization. This is one of the most important jobs at the shelter and also very rewarding.

Requires: Basic orientation

Intern – Looking to get a well-rounded experience? Tulsa SPCA Interns are high school, or college students and follow a structured program which will expose them to each department at the shelter.

Requires: Dog 101, Cat 101, MAC training and Adoptions 101…Dog 200 and clinic training are optional (interns complete training courses during their internship and do not need to complete all training before beginning internship)

MAC Volunteer – A Mobile Adoption Center Volunteer assist the MAC Captain with many different duties. MAC volunteers assist with loading animals onto the MAC, showing animas for adoption, and cleaning duties. MAC Volunteers distribute information, and help keep our animals safe while they are off-site.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101 and MAC training

Feline Friends (Youth) – For youth 16 and under, feline friends teaches children how to handle and care for cats.

Requires: Basic orientation, Cat 101

K-9 Kiddos (Youth) – For youth 16 and under, K-9 Kiddos teaches children how to care for puppies and dogs.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101

Mini MACker (Youth)– Mini MACkers are youth volunteer that help with Mobile Adoption Center events. Mini MACkers show cats, ensure our animals stay hydrated, and assist with the adoption process. Mini MACkers must be at least 9 years old.

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101 and MAC training

Pets Are Love (PAL) – PAL volunteers take their therapy-ready pets to assisted living facilities across Tulsa to engage in pet therapy for their residents. If you have a furry friend at home who would be great at brightening up someone’s day, this position would be the right fit for you!

Requires: Basic orientation, Dog 101