A young volunteer plays with one of the many PSPCA cats looking for a loving home.

On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) will host an open house that provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to get involved in promoting animal welfare. At the open house, participants between sixteen and twenty years old will work with Exploring, a career-shadowing program, to gain a direct insight into the world of animal welfare professionals. Through Exploring, participants will learn firsthand about the behind-the-scenes tasks that allow an organization like the PSPCA to operate.

After the open house on the 23rd, the Explorers program will continue in a series every other Wednesday night through August 8th (except July 4th), from 4 to 6 p.m. During the course of this program, participants will have the chance to explore topics that range from humane law enforcement to veterinary medicine to enhance their understanding of the ways in which they can promote animal welfare in their careers. At the end of each session, participants will join the PSPCA staff for an hour of hands-on volunteer work.

PSPCA’s chief operating officer, Marc Peralta, says that this program “is a great way for students to learn about different careers in animal welfare while performing valuable volunteer work.” Although many students want to volunteer with animal welfare organizations, few know how to get started. This program will provide a perfect introduction to volunteering—or maybe even professionally working—in the field of animal welfare.


The open house takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the new Animal Welfare Post 1867 at 350 E. Erie Ave in Philadelphia. Teens under the age of 18 should attend with a parent or guardian (just for the open house). Space is limited. To learn more about the Animal Welfare Explorers Post 1867, contact Tiffany Minicozzi, Exploring & Learning for Life Executive, at 484-654-9223 or via E-mail at tminicozzi@colbsa.org or visit the Web site www.careerexploring.org.