The Animals & Environment program works with several community groups and businesses to help improve the welfare of Charlottesville’s animals and environment.

What will volunteers do?

Each site has a different job for volunteers to do. Volunteers may work on a farm, caring for the farm animals and assisting with the farm’s upkeep, help tend a garden, restore local parks and trails, help with horseback riding, work at the SPCA, the possibilities are endless!


The shifts are approximately two hours, once a week, depending on the site. Transportation will be provided via carpool.

How can I get involved?

Registration for the spring 2018 semester begins Wednesday, January 17. To register, please click “Registration” in the upper left-hand corner of this page, and fill out the corresponding form.

After completing your application, you should hear from us within the next few weeks.

Our Community Partners

For more detailed information about an individual site listed below, click here.

  • Casa Alma
  • Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA
  • Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
  • Gallastar Farms
  • Montanova Stables Foundation
  • PVCC Community Garden
  • Rivanna Trails Foundation
  • UVA Recycling


“Madison House has given me not only an avenue to give back to the community, but also an opportunity to grow as a student, as a leader, and as an individual.”
— Polina Karachunsky ('Col 16), Program Director for Pet Pals