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Teen Animal Care Volunteer Program

These 12 week sessions allow teens to work alongside our animal care staff to earn service hours.

Registration for 2023 opens on November 17, 2022 at approximately 3:00pm, and will remain open until all spots are full.


14 to 18 year-olds currently enrolled in high school


Teens will choose to work in either the kennels or cattery during their 12 week session. Volunteer work will be performed at the shelter for a scheduled shift of 3 hours per week on their assigned day of the week.

Each 12 week session is limited to 20 teens and positions are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Teens are limited to one session per calendar year.

  • Teens must be at least 14 years old, and no older than 18 years old, by their session’s start date.
  • Teens must be actively attending high school.
  • The registered teen and a parent must attend a virtual orientation session via Zoom.
  • Teen (with parental approval) must agree to criminal background check which will be processed prior to their start date.
  • Teen must agree to come in once a week for 3 hours, for their 12 week session; same day, same time, same job (either animal care kennels or cattery).
  • If they attend all shifts, teens can earn 36 hours for school.
  • There is a $40 non-refundable fee that helps cover the cost of the uniform shirt, badge, lanyard and background check.
  • Teens can register for one session per calendar year.
  • If teens have volunteered for sessions previously, approval from the Animal Care Supervisor is mandatory. The Humane Society of Broward County reserves the right to cancel a registration based on past performance. If this is the case, the $40 fee will be refunded.
  • You will be contacted approximately 10 days prior to your orientation date as a reminder.


2023 Orientation & Session Terms

  • Group #1
    Orientation: 1/7/2023
    Start: 1/15/2023
    Stop: 4/22/2023
  • Group #2
    Orientation: 2/18/2023
    Start: 2/26/2023
    Stop: 6/3/2023
  • Group #3
    Orientation: 4/1/2023
    Start: 4/16/2023
    Stop: 7/22/2023
  • Group #4
    Orientation: 5/27/2023
    Start: 6/4/2023
    Stop: 9/9/2023
  • Group #5
    Orientation: 7/8/2023
    Start: 7/16/2023
    Stop: 10/21/2023
  • Group #6
    Orientation: 8/19/2023
    Start: 8/27/2023
    Stop: 11/25/2023


Humane Society of Broward County
2070 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

Mandatory orientation sessions will be conducted through Zoom.
All volunteer shifts will be in person at the shelter.

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