Junior Volunteer Program

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Children under the age of 13 do not volunteer directly with the animals at the Placer SPCA. However, there are many ways that children can earn community service hours by doing projects that benefit the animals. For more information, please visit the Community Service page.


Become a Junior Team

If you are between 13-17 years of age, you may enter our Junior Volunteer Program as a Junior Team with a parent or legal guardian. As a Junior Team, you may participate in most volunteer opportunities, including training, dog walking, and cat or critter socialization.

The Junior Volunteer Program requires the complete participation of your parent or legal guardian. Your parent or legal guardian must be present at all times, including Volunteer Orientation, all training sessions, and at all times during volunteer service. If you are interested in becoming a Junior Team, click here.


Teen Foster Program

Throughout the year, one of our greatest needs is for foster homes for kittens. Foster families help keep kittens healthy and allow them to get the human contact they need to grow up to be wonderful pets. The Teen Foster Program is an ideal hands-on volunteer opportunity for teens 13 and older seeking community service hours. To participate, the teen and one parent must attend a special training class and interview.

Please check back for 2015 Teen Foster class dates.

Teen Foster Program Requirements:

  • Caring and respect for animals
  • At least 13 years of age
  • At least one parent willing to oversee and help with the care of kittens
  • No one in the family is allergic to cats
  • A small space in your home where fosters can be isolated from other animals
  • Ability and willingness to dedicate the time necessary to provide feeding and care

If you would like to register for next teen foster kitten training class, please contact our Volunteer Program Manager at (916)782-7722, ext. 104 or (530) 885-7387, ext. 104 or by e-mail at volunteer@placerspca.org. Please provide the name and age of the teen as well as the name, telephone number and e-mail address of the parent that will be attending the class. The parent that attends the class with the teen must live in the same home as the teen.

Following the training, the teen and parent will be asked to participate in an interview prior to being assigned foster animals. All necessary supplies to care for the animals will be provided at no expense. The average length of time for a kitten to need a foster home is three to six weeks.


For more youth programs, please visit our Humane Education page.