Adult Volunteer Information

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Volunteer

Thank you for considering the Humane Society of Broward County’s Volunteer Program where more than 500 volunteers work towards improving the lives of homeless animals.

How to become a volunteer:

View the volunteer positions that interest you and then call our volunteer services Director at 954.266.6814 to express your interest in attending a general volunteer orientation. Hour-long orientations are provided twice a month to prospective volunteers. We require a commitment to accept one shift per week for a period of six months. During these sessions, the Humane Society of Broward County’s philosophies will be explained and different volunteer roles reviewed.

At the end of the orientation, you will be asked to schedule your personal interview with the Director of Volunteer Services to answer any questions and to discuss your volunteer position and necessary training. At that time a multi-state criminal background check will be completed and a donation of $20 collected. This covers the cost of your shirt, access badge, and lanyard.

To fulfill court ordered community service hours, you must be at least 18 years old. Please call 954.266.6868 for more information.

Teen Volunteer Program

Due to high community demands, teens can expect to wait for more than one year on the waiting list.

The Humane Society of Broward County offers teenagers who are 14 years and older a structured volunteer program.  Teen volunteers are invited to help care for the animals for a period of 3 months for a weekly three-hour shift.  They can earn up to 36 hours of school community service hours.  At the end of three months, volunteers are removed from the program to allow for another group to have the same experience. Please call the Volunteer Services Department at 954.266.6814 to include your teen’s information on our waiting list.

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Teen Club

The Teen Club (14 to 17 years old) meets once a month on Wednesday evenings and  participate in weekend fundraisers during the school year.  During Teen Club meetings animal welfare issues are presented and the teens spend hands on time with our homeless animals.  Selected and experienced teens are also utilized for other volunteer programs within the Education Department.  For more information, please contact the Education Department at 954.266.6848.

Volunteer Programs

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Adoption Ambassador

Volunteers provide temporary care of a shelter dog or cat in their home with the ultimate goal of finding them a forever home. This is done with the assistance of the HSBC Adoption Ambassador Coordinator. Volunteers promote the cat or dog at community events and through social media.

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Animal Assisted Therapy

Volunteers can share their special pet’s companionship when together they visit residential care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, schools and/or other special places.  The HSBC must certify their pet before being accepted into the program.

Shift: As needed.

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Animal Care – Kennel or Cattery

To assist the staff in maintaining the general welfare (feeding and cleaning) of the animals.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Animal Photographer

Take high quality photographs of animals for the website.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Animal Photographer Assistant

Assist the Animal Photographer in capturing the perfect photo to highlight the animals online and on our website.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Behavior Helpline
Call-back Volunteer

Volunteers provide help and education to the public calling with questions regarding their pet’s problematic behavior(s) so that the pet will remain in the home.

Shift: Shifts vary and calls are made from home.

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Clinic

Volunteers are trained to clean instruments and to put surgical packs together.  Volunteers also help with retrieving and returning animals to and from their cages.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.  

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Customer Service

Volunteers assist Adoption Counselors with different aspects of the adoption process.   Some of these duties include greeting and directing patrons, answering telephones and educating patrons about responsible pet ownership.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every

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Cat PAL Petting, Attention & Love (PAL)

Volunteers are trained to help meet the emotional and social needs of the animals in our shelter by providing a one-on-one interaction with the cats in a cattery.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Dog PAL Petting, Attention & Love (PAL)

Volunteers are trained to help meet the emotional and social needs of the animals in our shelter by providing a one-on-one interaction with the dogs in a kennel.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Dog Walker

Qualified volunteers provide exercise and mental stimulation for the dogs. Dog Walking Volunteers walk dogs on a pre-determined route on shelter grounds. Personal experience with different dog breeds is required.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

Shift: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

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Dog Bather

Volunteers wash dogs (not groom) prior to surgery and as needed. Bathing dogs in a gentle manner also helps them to remain calm and socialized.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Education Outreach

with or without Companion Dog

Volunteers are needed to teach children and adults about the responsibilities of caring for a pet.  Topics covered are pet safety, pet overpopulation, adopting from a shelter and making a lifetime commitment to your pet.

Shift: As needed

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Education Dog

Volunteers bring their dog to assigned school locations on designated dates and times for children to interact with the pet.  Instructing children on proper pet care is also done during these visits.

Shift: As needed

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Foster Care

Volunteers provide temporary care for puppies and kittens, or special-needs animals up for adoption. An initial supply of pet food and other necessary items are provided by the Humane Society of Broward County.

Shift: Not applicable

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Greeter

Volunteers help direct patrons and answer their basic questions.  Greeters must have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy interacting with the general public in a non-judgmental and professional manner.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Guide (Kennels & Cattery)

Volunteers provide measured guidance and basic information to patrons in the kennel and cattery areas regarding adoption process and information on different breeds.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Pet Boutique

Volunteers provide helpful and courteous sales assistance to patrons and assist with the inventory needs of the Pet Boutique.  Volunteers also assist patrons with basic general questions.

Shift: Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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Spay/Neuter Clinic

To assist staff members in the Spay, Neuter & Vaccine Department with retrieving /returning phone calls, and making appointments.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week.

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