Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! The Animal Service Center Volunteer Program is vital to our operation, and our volunteers are making an impact in many areas. Today, volunteers assist in the care of dogs and cats housed in our shelter, help place them in loving homes, and provide support for administrative programs.
- Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
- If you are a non-student seeking part-time or full-time volunteer work, please contact us directly for an application (year-round).
- If you are a high school or college student, please follow the instructions on this page under "Steps to Becoming a Student Volunteer"
- If you are looking to complete court-ordered community service, this is not the correct application and process. Please call our front office at 891-2950 to inquire about proper procedure on community service.
- Parents with children under 16 can contact us to find out about ways younger children can help the shelter.
Steps to Becoming a Student Volunteer
We rely on our wonderful volunteers to help with many aspects of our shelter operations and we could not do all the good things we do without them. All student volunteers are required to commit to a regular schedule of at least 2 hours per week for the duration of the semester. Successful student volunteers are mature, dependable, ambitious, able to follow instructions and able to work independently on assigned tasks. Does this sound like you? Then follow the steps below to apply. Please note that these positions are competitive and it is important to have your application in on time!
- Determine what type of volunteer position you might like to have. (Review our volunteer job descriptions below).
- Complete a Volunteer Application (PDF) and submit it to email@example.com or fax it, ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator, to (850) 891-2977, no later than the application deadlines for that semester. Applications received after the deadline for a particular term will not be considered unless a position becomes available. Following are the application deadlines:
- Fall Semester (September - December): September 15
- Spring Semester (January - April): January 15
- Summer Semester (May - August): May 15
- Complete a volunteer interview. After reviewing your volunteer application, our volunteer coordinator will contact you to make arrangements to complete the volunteer interview.
- Attend New Volunteer Orientation. Following your volunteer interview, you will be scheduled for our New Volunteer Orientation. Orientations occur multiple times throughout the month to fit a variety of schedules. During this orientation, we will review both dog and cat handling.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer Animal Care Associates: There's only one thing better than seeing pets leave the shelter with their new families - helping to make it happen! If you enjoy working with people and would like to help secure loving homes for dogs and cats, consider becoming a Volunteer Animal Care Associate! Please note that a large portion of this position requires working in the kennel areas. As an Animal Care Associate, you'll get to:
- Assist the public in meeting our animals and answer questions about adoptable animals.
- Take dogs for walks in neighboring Tom Brown Park
- Provide individual 20-30 minute cuddle/play sessions for cats.
- Assist with feeding and cleaning as needed.
- Bathe animals as needed.
Shelter Administrative Associate: Are you a type-A personality with strengths in filing and organization? Then we have the job for you! As a Shelter Administrative Associate you will get to:
- Assist our customer service staff with filing, word processing, and directing customers.
- Assist with maintenance of our Adoption Wish Book and contact potential adopters when matches are found.
Animal Service Center Greeter: Are you an outgoing person that loves working with people as much as you love working with animals? Consider becoming an ASC Greeter. As an Animal Service Center Greeter you will get to:
- Welcome the public to the shelter and answer general questions.
- Direct guests to the kennels and/or appropriate staff.
Animal Photographer: Do you have a DSLR camera, a good eye for photos, and a lot of patience? Studies have shown that a great picture on our website can be the key to getting a pet adopted. As an Animal Photographer you will get to:
- Take awesome animal photos with your own DSLR camera
- Upload photos to our database for posting on our website
Special Events Volunteer: Want to help out, but can't make a regular weekly commitment? Consider becoming one of our Special Events Volunteers. As a Special Events Volunteer, you'll get to:
- Participate in Adoption Outreach Booths throughout the Community
- Participate in special event and fund-raising activities such as:
- Tails and Trails - 5k, 10k, and 1 mile fun runs (annually)
- Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics
Foster Parent: Do you want to make a big impact but don't have time to commit weekly? Consider becoming a foster parent. For more information about our Foster Program, visit our Foster Page.
Veterinary Volunteer Program: The veterinary volunteer program was designed for pre-veterinary students and other individuals with an interest in the veterinary profession. The goal is to allow hands-on experience in the animal field. As a Veterinary Volunteer you will get to assist our veterinary team with our in-house surgery and medical program. Primary duties include:
- Surgical pack sterilization and preparation
- Laundering the surgical linens
- Assisting with patient preparation for and recovery from surgery.
- Other duties may include assisting with animal exams, diagnostics and treatments.
- Due to the nature of shelter medicine, the exact activities will vary by season