Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the York County SPCA. It is due to the amazing volunteer services of hundreds of individuals around York, that we are able to continue to serve our community!  Thank you for your selflessness and for your willingness to help the animals of York County!

Dog Walker Training

Volunteer-GraduationDEC2010This is your opportunity to have fun with the dogs, get a lot of exercise and benefit the 70+ dogs who need to be walked and socialized each day. The first step? Sign up for a session of dog walking classes. Attendance is required at ALL classes in your selected session unless previous arrangements are made. After graduation, you can walk on any day of the week. We prefer volunteers who can regularly walk the same day(s) each week, but that is not required. People who don’t want to handle the large dogs are welcome to work with the small dogs.

Please note that walking big AND small dogs requires good manual dexterity, upper body strength and a fitness level that allows you to walk about 3 miles with ease. You should be able to walk independently while maintaining a firm grip on the leash. This may sometimes require both hands. You need to be able to keep your balance on rolling terrain, even if your dog suddenly lunges with 30-50 lbs. of pressure on the leash. We have found that candidates with physical limitations or poor physical conditioning are unlikely to enjoy or be successful at dog walking. We have plenty of other volunteer opportunities for those individuals that are physically unable to take part in our dog walking classes.

To pre-register for a training session, email Candi Sauble at csauble@ycspca.org. Attendance is limited to 20 people for each session. The registration fee is $25, which will provide attendees with a leash, T-shirt and name tag. The registration fee is required in advance in order to join any of the sessions. Classes will fill quickly so sign up as soon as possible!

2017 Dog Walking Classes

Session #1   March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 1-4 p.m. (Thursday Afternoons)

Session #2   April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, – 1-4 p.m. (Tuesday Afternoons)

Session #3   June 8, 15, 22,29, July 6 – 6-8 p.m. (Thursday Evenings)

Session #4   August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 1-4 p.m. (Wednesday Afternoons)

Session #5   August 17, 24, 31 September 7, 14 – 6-8 p.m. (Thursday Evenings)

Session #6   September 17, 24 October 1, 8, 15 – 10am-1p.m. (Sunday Morning)

Session #7   October 13, 20, 27 November 3, 10 – 1-4 p.m. (Friday Afternoons)


General Volunteering & Cat Socialization


This is your opportunity to volunteer your time even if you are not available or not able to walk dogs. We always need volunteers to answer phone calls, tend to our lobby greeter program, tend to our laundry room, assist staff in cattery maintenance, socialize condo residents, join our off-site event team and assist in our satellite responsibilities.

To pre-register for a 2-day general volunteering orientation, email Hannah Beard at hbeard@ycspca.org. The registration fee is $15, which will provide attendees with a T-shirt and a name tag.


The YCSPCA does not participate in court appointed or court ordered community service.


Youth Volunteer Program

The purpose of the Youth Volunteer Program, which currently meets once a month at the shelter, is to involve the youth throughout the York community in York County SPCA activities. The program is open to youth ages 13 to 17. We are currently enrolling new members for the 2017 season! Please contact Hannah Beard with interest or questions at hbeard@ycspca.org or 717-764-6109 ext 143.


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