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Volunteer Services

Volunteers of the Humane Society of Broward County

HSBC volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. Your helping hands and boundless generosity make our mission possible and keep our animals loved and happy until they find their forever home. Our staff and animals are eager to welcome you to our volunteer family. Thank you for your interest, time and dedication. We are inspired daily by your smiles and giving spirit!

Volunteer Roles

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Adoption Ambassador

Short-term care leading to a lifetime of love! Offer temporary care of a shelter dog or cat in your home with the ultimate goal of finding them a forever home. Promote your pet at community events and through social media.

Shift: As needed.

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Animal Assisted Therapy

Certify your pet in our AAT program to share their love and comfort with those in care facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. Share the special touch and spirit of your pet visiting people in libraries, schools, in virtual gatherings, and other special places.

Shift: As needed.

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Animal Photographer

Get up close and have fun taking high-quality photographs of animals for the HSBC website, increasing their chances for adoption.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Photography Assistant

Assist the animal photographer to capture the purr-fect photos of our irresistible, adoptable pets for the HSBC website.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Bather

Our bathers wash the dogs prior to going into surgery, then they bathe some of the dogs in the kennels. We want to make sure they stay fresh and happy while they’re with us.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time each week. Bathers are here seven days a week from 9:00am through 12:00pm.

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Behavior Helpline

Help pets be a welcome member of their family and remain home with them. Behavior helpline volunteers provide support and education to pet owners calling about problematic behavior. Requirement: experience in positive reinforcement training and animal behavior.

Shift: Varies, with calls made from home.

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Cat PAL — Petting, Attention and Love!

Trained volunteers help meet the social and emotional needs of our shelter cats through one-on-one interaction.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Cats in Progress

Know cats? Volunteers familiar with cats’ behavior work one-on-one with select kitties to build a behavior profile of their characteristics and traits for potential adoptive families.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required. Cats in Progress operates Monday – Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.

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Clinic Assistant

Trained volunteers clean instruments, put surgical packs together, and help retrieve and return animals to and from their kennel.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Dog PAL — Petting, Attention and Love!

Trained volunteers help meet the social and emotional needs of our shelter pups through one-on-one interaction with them in the kennel, noting observed behaviors. This is a very hands-on, physical position.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Dog Walker

Dog Walking Volunteers walk dogs on a pre-determined route on shelter grounds for exercise and stimulation. Personal experience with different dog breeds is required and the ability to control dogs of all sizes is mandatory.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Education Outreach

Volunteers teach children and adults the responsibilities of caring for a pet. Topics covered are pet safety, overpopulation, adoption and making a lifetime commitment to your pet. Education positions are sometimes shelter based or out in the community and schools. A monthly calendar of events is sent to all Education volunteers. Opportunities exist to bring your own dog after it passes the Education Dog evaluation.

Shift: As needed.

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Foster Care

Volunteers provide temporary care for puppies, kittens, or special-needs animals readying for adoption. An initial supply of pet food and other necessary items are provided by HSBC.

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Go-Home Assistant

In our customer service department, trained volunteers complete adoption paperwork and review it with the adopting family. When paperwork is complete, you retrieve the adopted dog, cat or other small animal for going home! Volunteers must be able to walk and control dogs of all sizes, including 70+ pounds.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Greeter

Wanted: Warm welcomes! Greeters are the first point of contact for patrons visiting our shelter lobby. Greeters direct visitors to requested areas and provide general shelter, adoption or programming information.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Animal Care Dog Kennels

This important position works alongside our Animal Care staff to keep the dog kennels clean, to feed the dogs, make sure they have toys to play with and to lend a hand with enrichment and general cleaning.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Animal Care Cattery

The cattery volunteers make sure the cats, bunnies, guinea pigs and any other small animals in our cattery have a clean environment, fresh water and food and lots of petting and socialization.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Pet Boutique

People-oriented pet lovers enjoy the bustle of the boutique, interacting with patrons, helping shoppers choose items, ringing up sales and restocking inventory.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Customer Service Phones

Assist the customer service adoption team by managing a busy phone line with calls from the public. Greet, direct, and educate patrons about responsible pet ownership as needed.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Pups in Progress

Dog whisperer? Knowledgeable volunteers work one-on-one with select dogs to evaluate different behaviors such as walking on a leash, basic commands and more to build a profile for potential adopters. You must be able to walk and control dogs 70+ pounds.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required. Pups in Progress operates Monday – Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.

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Security

Retired or current law enforcement personnel generously donate their time to ensure the safety and security of the shelter.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time each week. Security positions are available seven days per week.

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Shelter Guide

It’s about the right fit! Shelter Guide volunteers provide basic information and measured guidance to patrons in the kennel and cattery about responsible adoptions that suit their lifestyle. Guides roam the area armed with a tablet to help locate adoptable animals and answer patron questions.

Shift: Same day and time weekly required.

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Shelter Services

The Shelter Crew volunteers lend a hand in keeping up with washing, drying and folding our laundry, keeping the kennel and cage glass clean and other general maintenance jobs around the shelter as assigned.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time each week. Shelter Crew positions are available seven days per week.

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Vaccine Clinic Greeter

The Vaccine Clinic Greeter welcomes clients and their pets who are visiting the shelter to receive annual vaccinations. The Greeter goes over available packages with the patrons, and lets them know when the clinic is ready to see them.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time each week. Vaccine Clinic Greeter positions are available Monday through Friday.

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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

We offer an on-site program for teens in high school, ages 14 to 17. Registration for the program opens in November and remains open until all positions for the following year are full. We are currently at capacity for the current year and are no longer accepting names for the waitlist.

Email [email protected] if you require additional information.