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Eligibility Requirements

Individuals who wish to volunteer their time and services to Animal Services must complete the following:

  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation (held every Saturday at 10 a.m. and the first and third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.).
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older (or 15 if volunteering with a parent or adult volunteer).
  • Successfully pass a criminal history background check.
  • Adhere to the volunteer dress code (long khaki pants, closed toe shoes, and volunteer t-shirt that will be provided).
  • Be able to effectively communicate in the English language.

For more information on volunteering, email the volunteer coordinator at or call 305-418-7159.

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Foster Parent Orientation

Foster orientations are held every Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.

For more information on fostering, please email the foster coordinator at or call 305-418-7149.

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Volunteer Orientations

The two-hour orientation sessions are held at the following times:

  • Volunteer orientations are held every Saturday at 10 a.m. and the first and third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.

For more information on volunteering, email or call 305-418-7159.

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Volunteer Positions

  • Cat Socializer: Do you love cats?  We have many cats for adoption that need attention.  We need volunteers that can come in between 10 am and closing to spend time with the cats so they get the love that they deserve and remain comfortable around people.

  • Customer Service Greeters: welcome the public and assist with adoptions and lost and found.

  • Bathers: Volunteers wash dogs, not groom, prior to surgery and as needed. Bathing dogs in a gentle manner also helps them remain calm, socialized and feel much better!  A good bath and a cute bandana may make the difference between being adopted or not.

  • Pet Detectives: Review lost/found ads, escort citizens searching for lost pets to restricted areas of the Pet Adoption and Protection Center and provide information packet.

  • Adoption Counselors: Find lifelong, loving homes for the Pet Adoption and Protection Center's dogs and cats by matching prospective adopters with the right animal for their family. Adoption counselors greet customers, answer questions and show pets to prospective adopters.

  • Mobile Adoptions: Take adoption animals out into the community to meet the public, and perhaps their new family! Mobile adoption locations include pet stores, parks, etc.

  • Foster Care: Provide temporary home care for puppies who are not yet ready for adoption due to age. For those who are willing to open up their homes and hearts, fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. It saves lives.

  • Pet Pals: Entertain and socialize pets to keep them happy while they await new homes. Fill out personality cards for prospective adopters to read. Put on bandanas on dogs to make them look cute!

  • Education Outreach: Provide education regarding animal issues (spay/neuter, local county ordinances, general pet care, behavior issues) to the public. Tour Guide volunteers are also needed.

  • Adoption Runners: Assist front desk personnel by bringing pets to be adopted from the kennel to the front counter.

  • Special Events: Assist in the planning of events and securing supplies and donations.
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