How to Help


Submit a Volunteer Application Online

The York County SPCA is proud to be a Community Partner of the United Way of York County. If you are looking to volunteer and not seeing an opening here, need immediate hours, or are looking for Youth/family/team volunteer opportunities, please head to .


Please see below details for how you can get involved with enriching the lives of the animals at the YCSPCA and the satellite locations. For all other questions, please email The YCSPCA does not participate in court appointed or court ordered community service.

Dog Walker Training

Volunteers are needed to walk all of the dogs in our kennel every day. This is a huge task, and requires many volunteers, including perhaps you! Dog walkers must be minimum 18 years old. Currently we are experiencing a shortage of walkers for the big dogs in the main kennel so there are classes scheduled for the “BIG”dogs only. If you have the confidence, fitness, and willingness, we can train you for the large dogs in our kennel. Some of these dogs will pull and are not accustomed yet to walk politely on a leash. There is no fee to register for the class nor for the four training sessions, and volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.  Please plan to attend all four classes in a session, although instructors will be able to accommodate you if have a schedule conflict. Our experience is that volunteers who become successful walkers are those who are fit and can easily walk several miles.  Dog walking is very satisfying and you are enriching the lives of these dogs and you are making them more adoptable. And you will get some great exercise! This is the schedule for our upcoming classes:


Session 1  Wednesday, noon – 3 pm August 21, 28 , Sept 4 Sept 11. This session is for people who will walk the “BIG” dogs.

Session 2  Monday, noon to 3 pm Sept 23, 30,October 7, 14. This session if for people who will walk the “BIG” dogs.

Session 3  Saturday 2 pm – 4 pm Sept 14, 21,28, October 5. This session is for people who will walk the “BIG” dogs.

Session 4  Sunday 11am – 1 pm Sept 15, 22, 29 October 6. This session is for people who will walk the “BIG” dogs.

Session 5  Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm September 24, October 1, 8, 15. This session is for people who will walk the “BIG” dogs.


Session 6  Friday noon – 3pm March 20, 27, April 3, April 10.

Session 7   Sunday 11am-1pm March 15, 22, 29, April 5

Session 8  Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm April 14, 21, 28, May 5.

To register for any of these sessions, please complete an application

If you have any  questions about the dog walker training, please email Sara Hunt at

York County SPCA Fundraising Events

We host several off-site and on-site large scale fundraisers throughout the year. Do you have a team at work or group of friends that are looking to volunteer? We want you!

  • Secure auction and/or raffle items such as gift cards and various types of themed gift baskets. Do you own a small business or work for a business who would be willing to donate a basket? That helps too!
  • Share our events on your personal and business social media pages. Pass out fliers, distribute information to our list of partners to help us spread the word about our specific event.
  • Help prior to the event with goodie bag stuffing, set up the day of, help during the event with parking, registration, crowd control, and tear down.

Host a Fundraiser

Bake sales, yard sales, raffles, craft sales, independent consultant parties, lemonade stands, happy hours, jeans days or dress down days at the office-Get creative! Please know that private fundraisers are run independently of the SPCA and the SPCA is not responsible for advertising or marketing the event. We appreciate your efforts in helping our shelter!

Getting married? Having a birthday?

Think of donating to the York County SPCA for your wedding favors or in lieu of birthday gifts. Suggested text for your invitations or marketing purposes:
“In honor of this special day, a gift has been made on behalf of all of our wonderful supportive family and friends gathered here today and those with us in spirit to the York County SPCA (”

Host a Wish-List donation drive

Our wish list is an up to date compilation of items we use day in and day out at the SPCA. It is split into categories by use and can be found below.

In-Kind Donation Items

You, your office, church, classroom, etc., collect donations for the period of time you choose, and load up your donations and bring them over to The YCSPCA! Please be sure it is during our open hours. If you have a large amount of donations that would not fit into our shelters ‘donation drop off’ carts in our lobby are advised to be tentatively scheduled for drop off. Please call us and give us a heads up. We really appreciate it!


Volunteering at our Satellite Shelters (18+ yrs)

Cat volunteers needed at Pet Smart Hanover, Pet Smart West York, Petco East York, and Pet Valu Etters.

We are also seeking volunteers to help with our adoptable bunnies who are housed at Petco in East York and Pet Smart in West York.

Please fill out a volunteer application. We will be in touch to get you officially started.

Youth Volunteer Program (13-17 years old)

The Youth Program is full at this time. We will open enrollment at a later date.

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