Adult Volunteer Information
Thank you for considering joining 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 and select one or more 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. One and a half hour-long orientations are provided twice a month to prospective volunteers. We require a six month commitment to our volunteer program. During these sessions, the Humane Society of Broward County’s philosophies will be explained and different volunteer positions will be 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. During this interview, you will be required to complete an authorization form allowing the HSBC to perform a multi-state criminal background check. Also, to offset our expenses for purchasing your t-shirt, access badge, and criminal background verification, you will be asked for a $20 fee at the time of your personal interview.
To fulfill court hours, you must be at least 18 years old. Please call 954.266.6868 for more information on how to serve your court service hours with us.
Teen Volunteer Program
Due to high community demands, teens can expect to wait for more than one year on our waiting list before there is an available position.
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 Volunteer Services Department at 954.266.6814 to include your teen’s information on our waiting list.
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.
All Volunteer Programs
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.
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.
Volunteers are needed to assist the staff in maintaining the general welfare (feeding and cleaning) of the animals. Volunteers are trained on how to keep animals’ cages clean and sanitized to promote a healthy environment.
Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week. Shift start times are at 9:00 a.m., noon, or 3:00 p.m. 3 Hour Shifts.
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. Shifts run from 9:00 a.m. until noon
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
Volunteers are trained to clean instruments and how to put surgical packs together. Volunteers also help with retrieving and returning animals from and to their cages.
Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week. Shift start times vary.
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 week. Anytime, between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (minimum of 4 hours per shift required)
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.
Humane Education Teacher
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
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: School session times
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. Everyday; (10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) and (2:30 p.m. – closing)
Guide (Kennels or 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. Everyday, anytime between 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (minimum of 4 hours per shift required)
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: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week. Everyday, (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and (3:00 p.m. – closing)
Petting, Attention & Love (PAL) for Cats
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: (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Petting, Attention & Love (PAL) for Dogs
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: (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and (3:00 p.m. – closing)