Adult Volunteer Information



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 $30 collected. This covers the cost of your uniform shirt, access badge, and lanyard.

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Court Ordered Community Service

To fulfill court ordered community service hours, you must be at least 18 years of age. You must complete a community service application prior to initiating service. The Humane Society of Broward County does not accept all court-order offenses and reserves the right to not accept all applications. Click below to download the community service application. You may fax your completed community service application to (954) 989-3991 or send via email to

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Teen Animal Care Volunteer Program

HSBC offers a structured volunteer program for teens 14-17 years of age. Teen volunteers help us care for the animals for a period of three months with weekly, three-hour shifts. Teens have the opportunity to earn up to 36 Service Learning Hours. At the end of the three month session, teen volunteers exit the program.

We are currently accepting applicants for our 2018 Session. Please contact Lacey Freeman at 954-266-6814 or email

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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 Darlene Feldman at 954.266.5848 or email Back to top.

Volunteer Programs


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

Sorry but the photographer position is full at this time.

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Photographer's Assistant: Scott schlossman

Animal Photographer Assistant

Sorry but the photo assistant position is full at this time.

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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.

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Shift: Shifts vary and calls are made from home.



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)

Sorry but the cat PAL position is full at this time.

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Dog PAL: Wendy Gerber

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: Limited availability.

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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

Sorry but the bather position is full at this time.

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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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Sorry but the greeter position is full at this time.

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Guide and Go-Home Assistant

Volunteers provide measured guidance and basic information to patrons in the kennel & cattery area regarding responsible adoptions that suit their lifestyle. Constantly roaming throughout the kennel and cattery areas.

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

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Pet Boutique

Sorry but the pet boutique position is full at this time.

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Spay/Neuter Clinic

Sorry but the spay/neuter clinic position is full at this time.

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