Become a FLSPCA of CNY Volunteer!


Do you love animals? Our furry friends will definitely love you. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, please read through the following steps and complete the volunteer application. You must be 18 years or older.

Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York is seeking mature volunteers for the following year-round volunteer slots:

• Adoption Assistant  Assist Adoption Counselors is the process of finding new homes for Shelter dogs and cats. A variety of duties will be performed and might include but not be limited to telephone calls to prospective adopters, photocopying of adoption applications, showing animals, answering questions about specific animals. Training will be provided.

Time Commitment:  No less than 10 hours per month and weekend hours are required

• Special Event/Shelter Outreach Events  We need volunteers to assist with special fundraising events such as garage sales, Annual Pet Festival and Dog Walk, and outreach events.

Time commitment:  On an as-needed basis

• Spay/Neuter Clinic Volunteer  We need volunteers to assist with all phases of our spay/neuter clinics which are held on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Training will be provided.

Time Commitment:  4-6 hours per clinic

• Building/Grounds Clean-Up Crew  We need volunteers to undertake special cleanup projects in and around the Shelter facility and grounds. If you can rake, scoop, scrape, shovel, paint, sweep, we need you!

Time Commitment:  Whatever you can spare for the animals!

Follow These Simple Steps:

  1. Download, print out, and complete the Volunteer Application (pdf) below.

  2. Stop by our shelter and bring your application.

  3. An orientation will be set up to familiarize you with the shelter and animals.

Interested in helping out at special events? Check out our upcoming events section and contact the Shelter at (315) 253-5841

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Meet Some of Our Volunteers


Allison is the Spay/Neuter Clinic Scheduler and helps with rabies clinics.



Joe has been a volunteer since March '08, applying as a dog-walker the day of his retirement party from a long career in human services. He has been a social worker, town justice, investigator, as well as an ordained minister. Joe is a Reiki Master/Teacher and workshop presenter who incorporates the healing power of stones, crystals, music and oils with Reiki. His canine friends at the Shelter seek out and benefit from Joe's hands-on Reiki energy. Joe and his wife live in Auburn with Abby his _____________.

Our awesome rabies clinic volunteers! We rely on them to check in nearly 200 clients during our free rabies clinics for the community. Without them - it wouldn’t happen!


Fran is our afternoon cat-caretaker who has a special ability with our feline residents. She pays attention to the little nuances that let us know when there is a problem so that we can nip it in the bud. Fran is retired from the State of New York and enjoys her time at the Shelter.


ED, KELLY and SAM are the most awesome dog-walkers/socializers ever!. They come every weekend to get our dogs out, take them to events, help with “meet and greets” for potential adopters - and whatever else might be necessary to make our dogs’ lives a little better. We love them - and we love all of our volunteers. They rock!

KELLY & JESSY - at the Mall!


Ed & Woody - Woody showing off!

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SAM & Topanga - best dog!!