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MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center

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Little Bookworms Volunteer

The MSPCA offers many opportunities for children and teens to learn about what we do and to contribute to our mission. Programs include Birthday Parties, Tours, School Visits, School Break programs, Rescue Readers, Junior Volunteer and Little Bookworms story time. We continue to expand our programs and need volunteers to help us do that!

  • Little Bookworms Story Hour
    Takes place every Tuesday from 10-11am (volunteers needed from 915-1130 for set up and breakdown). This is a program for very young kids (infant through pre-K) and we read animal themed stories, sing songs, play games and meet animals. It is a way to get even the youngest kids "involved" and comfortable with the shelter and teach them how to approach and be kind to various animals.
  • Caring Kids Club
    This is a new program for 6-10 year olds which will take place one Tuesdays a month from 430-530p during the school year, and Tuesdays from 1115am-1215 pm during school breaks and the summer. Activities include crafts, animal meet and greets, tours, guest speakers and more! Volunteers are needed from 415-545p including set up/clean up.
  • Birthday Parties
    Take place the second and fourth Sat of the month from 2-530p and are volunteer run (May, Oct-Dec they are the first and third Sat of the month due to holidays). The parties are 2 hours and involve animal themed games and crafts as well as a tour/scavenger hunt in the shelter.
  • Humane Education Tours and Presentations
    Groups of all ages (Girl Scout Troops, Daycares, Schools) request tours of the shelter or request presentations at their facility. The subject matter varies based on the request, but ultimately it is an opportunity to talk about what we do at the MSPCA, about our animals and about humane treatment of animals. Dates and times also vary based on the request and you can volunteer at as many or as few as you want based on your availability.
  • School Break
    4 day program during school breaks (February, April, 2 weeks in the summer) for ages 11-15 which gives students the opportunity to do chores, interact with animals and discuss relevant topics. The program is from 915-11am (potential to add an early morning session 715-9am in 2020). 2020 Dates are 2/18-2/21, 4/21-4/24, Jul and Aug are TBD.
  • Rescue Readers
    Takes place select Saturday mornings 10-1130am and gives children the opportunity to spend 30 min sessions reading to animals.
  • Junior Volunteer
    A program for kids ages 11-15 to help with shelter chores select Thursdays afternoons (4-530p), Saturdays mornings (730-9am) and Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the summer and during school breaks (730a-9a). Ideally, volunteers interested in this program are willing to participate in other shelter trainings so they know how to properly perform animal care chores.

If you have a ready smile and a positive attitude we would love your help with any of these programs!

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About MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center


350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130, US

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals believes that all animals possess intrinsic value, independent of their relationships to or use by human beings. Furthermore, the MSPCA recognizes that the lives of all creaturesà ¢à  à  human and non-humanà ¢à  à  are inextricably intertwined; that our actions impact them and our fate is linked to theirs as interdependent inhabitants of the same planet. It is for these reasons that the MSPCA is dedicated to the protection of animals and the advancement of their welfare, and believes that these objectives represent legitimate and important areas for societyà ¢à  à  s ethical and legal concern. The MSPCA further recognizes that the fate of animals within our society is dependent upon the willingness of human beings to acknowledge the significance of their fellow creatures and to accept responsibility for their well-being. Consequently, the MSPCA also commits itself to the conduct of programs and activities designed to create an enlightened and compassionate citizenry that is actively concerned about protection of animals and the environment we all share.


Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a non-profit organization which protects animals, relieves their suffering, advances their health and welfare, prevents cruelty, and works for a just and compassionate society.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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MSPCA-Animal Adoption Center350 South Huntington Ave.Boston, MA 02130



  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Child Development
  • General Education
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Event Planning / Management


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Time commitment varies

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