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Volunteer Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for the SPCA of Tompkins County!

As a volunteer, your time commitment will vary depending on your assignment.  We request a minimum of 2-2.5 hours (one shift) per week. There is some flexibility in scheduling, but a commitment of 8-10 hours per month, for 6 months (one semester for college students) is appreciated. Volunteers are asked to support and promote the mission of the SPCA and abide by the shelter’s written volunteer policies. All assignments are arranged with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure the best placement for both the volunteer and the organization.

Transportation to the SPCA

  • A car is highly recommended. The SPCA Annex, in the Shops at Ithaca Mall, is easily accessible via the TCAT bus system. The SPCA’s main adoption center is on TCAT’s Route 41 - Demand and Response (DAR) route during the week, so the nearest scheduled stop is ¾ mile away. If you plan ahead, you can get direct service to the Pet Adoption Center by calling TCAT ahead of time. On the weekend, the SPCA is on Route 74, which only passes the SPCA a few times per day. TCAT Homepage
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will help arrange carpool among college students from the same campus using a ride-share board. Please complete that portion of the application if you are interested in driving your classmates to the SPCA or if you will need a ride from your campus.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

  • Complete and submit a volunteer application: You will receive an email within two weeks after submission along with the upcoming orientation dates.
  • Group Orientation: We hold two orientations a month. The day and time varies, in order to give everyone an opportunity to attend. Typically one is held on Tuesday or Thursday night, while the other is offered on a Saturday.
  • Training: At orientation you will sign up for your one-on-one training with an experience volunteer. This training session takes anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours, depending on the position for which you are training.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 12:38



"Lancelot is doing very well. He loves to play with other dogs and is making a lot of friends. He is such a sweet and happy dog. Thank you very much for all your work."


SPCA of Tompkins County

Adoption Center &
Rescue Building

1640 Hanshaw Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850



Adoption Center Hours

Monday 12-5
Tuesday 12-7 Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 12-7
Friday 12-5
Saturday 12-5
Sunday 12-5



SPCA Annex Hours

Monday through Saturday


Rescue Center Hours




Our Mission

The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. We are a no-kill shelter dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation. We promote responsible pet stewardship by providing education, counseling and training to nurture and enhance the human-animal bond.

The SPCA of Tompkins County is a registered 501(c)(3). Our tax id number is 15-0624378.