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The Restigouche County SPCA could not exist without the support of our valued and dedicated volunteers. You bring a diversity of interests, knowledge, expertise and caring to our organization. We are pleased you have chosen to make a commitment to donate such precious commodities to us – your time and talents.


If you have any questions, please email us at

Volunteer Guidelines

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 to volunteer independently, and will then be responsible to adhere to directives on their own.

  • All shelter volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver of responsibility and code of conduct.

  • All Shelter volunteers are expected to adhere to directives regarding restricted areas and disease prevention practices.

  • In addition, to prevent the spread of disease among our shelter population, all persons volunteering within the shelter must have their animals current on their vaccinations. Of utmost importance, if any volunteers have multiple cat households, is that they refrain from volunteering if any of their cats are sneezing or sick, if any are unvaccinated or are feral rehabs or have ever had respiratory disease. 

  • No acts of physical or verbal aggression will be tolerated towards animals, staff or the public.

The Restigouche County SPCA reserves the right to re-assign or remove any volunteers they deem unqualified.

Ways To Volunteer

Special Events:

We participate in several educational or fundraising events in our communities throughout the year. We always need volunteers to help!

Consider one event, or even just a few hours here & there! Any time you can volunteer, is most appreciated! 

Some events include:

  • Charlo Fall Fair (including early morning clean-up!)

  • Dalhousie Christmas Parade

  • Summer Splash!

  • Bon Ami

Email us at: or call 506-684-4396 to let us know YOU would like to help at any of these events!

Snow Shoveling/Snow Blowing: 

During the winter months, we are challenged to keep the dog yards and access to yard buildings clear of snow & ice. If the areas are not kept clear, the build up of packed snow and ice prohibits the safe movement from building to building and the use of yard gates.  We have a snow blower & shovels, but need extra hands that can commit to a season of helping us clean up after each storm. The Shelter Team is often busy with animal rescue and care - and needs your help to shovel the snow!

Summer/Fall Weeding: 

Our yards are primarily crushed stone, but often the weeds creep up. We are looking for volunteers who can spend an afternoon pulling weeds, so that the yards are clear for the dogs to run and play!

Used Bookstore:

Our 'Used Bookstore' is an important fundraiser for our Shelter Operations. We need volunteers who are interested in books and have great customer service skills!

Consider one or two shifts a week...or one or two shifts a month! Any time you can volunteer, is most appreciated! 

Email us at: or call 506-684-4396 to let us know YOU would like to help in our bookstore!

Become a Board Member:

The Restigouche County SPCA is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. As with any Board, we welcome new members and new ideas! If you have a talent to contribute and have an interest in working as a part of a team, committed to our Shelter, consider joining our Board! Email us at: or call 506-684-4396 to let us know YOU would like to help by volunteering on our Board!

*Board Members are asked to provide a Criminal Background Check and are subject to the acceptance of all Board Members by vote.

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