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Volunteer Information

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How to become a volunteer:

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for the Humane Society of Broward County. We value our volunteers and appreciate all of the time they so selflessly dedicate to helping our shelter and the animals in many different positions.

The process for becoming a volunteer is as follows:
• First step is to send an email to volunteer@hsbroward.com to express your interest in either our foster programs or our volunteer positions. These positions are for adults 18 and over.
• You will receive an email back with information on the volunteer program in general, and the positions that are currently available along with the days and times so you can see which would fit in your schedule. We ask that you provide three choices so if your first choice has already been filled, we can confirm another choice. Not all positions are available at all times. We do fill some of the more popular positions quickly and only have availability if someone leaves their position.
• Once your desired position request is received, you will be sent a confirmation email that locks your position in, and information on the next orientation. Both foster and volunteer position orientations are offered monthly through Zoom meetings. You will receive a link and instructions. Orientations are the first step for any volunteer position in our shelter.
• After attending the orientation, you will be sent a link to the volunteer application and mandatory multi-state criminal background check authorization. A donation of $30 will be required to cover the cost of the background check, uniform shirt, access badge and lanyard.
• When the completed application is received, the Director of Volunteer Services will process it and contact you when everything is complete and the criminal background check is returned clear.
• Foster applications will be routed directly to the program manager.
• For shelter positions, you will be contacted by your area’s supervisor for training, or scheduled for on-the-job training. Each position varies. Training may take place on a day other than your regularly scheduled day.

Once training is complete, you’re ready to start your position.

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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 bansell@hsbroward.com.

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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Each day we get numerous calls and emails from parents and their animal-loving teens who want to earn their service hours for school at our shelter. As much as we’d like to invite everyone to be a part of our programs, we do have limited availability.

Here are a few things to consider:

1. Weekly Teen Meets: Teens 13 to 17 are welcome to register for our Teen Meets. They take place on Thursdays at our shelter from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. The teens have hands on time with the animals as well as educational presentations on age appropriate issues regarding animals. Learn more at HumaneBroward.com then click on the Education tab.

2. Teen Summer Camp: When teens attend our week-long camp, they are introduced to advanced, but age appropriate subjects in the animal industry. They’ll learn about veterinary practices, behavior training and more. They’ll also have daily hands-on time with many different animals. Registration opens on March 15, 2021, but due to current restrictions, we are limiting each session to 18 teens. Set a reminder to visit HumaneBroward.com/education-programs-update. Camp is open to teens 13 to 17 years old.

3. Shelter Services Team: If you are 17 or 18 years old and looking for a limited volunteer opportunity to earn hours for school, you can be a part of our shelter services team. This group helps us maintain our shelter by washing, folding and putting away laundry, keeping our kennel and cattery glass clean and other tasks as assigned. Teens will have to attend an orientation prior to starting. Email volunteer@hsbroward.com for more information.

4. Foster Programs: We offer two foster programs through our shelter where teens and a parent team up to take pets into their home and care for them. Both must attend an orientation and the adult will be the registered volunteer, but the teen will earn hours for every day a shelter pet is in their home when they take an active role in their care. We do ask for a 6-month minimum commitment, taking at least three groups of foster pets in that time. Email volunteer@hsbroward.com to learn more.

5. Teen Animal Care Volunteer Program: We offer both an on-site and virtual 3-month program for teens 14 to 17. Registration for 2022 opens on November 17, 2021, and remains open until all spots in both programs are full. Make sure you’re on our website early at HumaneBroward.com/volunteer/ to secure your spot in one of our six sessions. All sessions for 2021 are currently full and we are no longer accepting names for the waitlist.

We love to keep our teens involved in our shelter. The more education we can provide to them now, the better our world will be for animals in the future. Check back in the fall for more clubs and opportunities.

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Adult Volunteer Programs

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Adoption Ambassador

The Adoption Ambassador program is a foster opportunity where 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 Coordinators. Volunteers promote the cat or dog at community events and through social media. The pet will live with their Adoption Ambassador family until they are adopted.

Shift: As needed

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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, virtually, 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

This important position assists the staff in maintaining the general welfare (feeding and cleaning) of the animals to ensure they remain healthy while they’re at our shelter.

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.

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Behavior Helpline
Call-back Volunteer

Volunteers with experience in positive reinforcement training and animal behavior provide help and education to the public calling with questions regarding their pet’s problematic behavior so that the pet will become a more welcome member of their family and remain in the home.

Shift: Shifts vary and calls are made from home.

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Cat PAL Petting, Attention & Love

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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Cats In Progress

Volunteers with knowledge of cats’ behavior works one-on-one with select cats evaluating their behavior and inputting their characteristics and traits to build their profile.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week. Cats in Progress operates Monday through Friday from 9:00am-11:00am.

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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: Go Home Assistant

The Go-Home assistant is trained to complete the adoption paperwork and go over it with the adopter. They will also retrieve the adopted pet once the paperwork is complete. They must be able to walk and control dogs of all sizes with the majority being 70+ pounds. They will also be handling cats and other small animals.

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Customer Service: Phones

Volunteers assist the adoption team by answering a busy phone line with calls from the public. They may also be asked to assist in greeting and directing patrons 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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Dog PAL Petting, Attention & Love

Volunteers are trained to help meet the emotional and social needs of the dogs in our shelter by providing a one-on-one interaction with the dog in their kennel. Volunteers note any behaviors observed afterwards. This is a very physical position.

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 and the ability to control dogs of all sizes is mandatory.

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

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Education Outreach

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.

Education positions are sometimes shelter based, and sometimes out in the community or at schools. A monthly calendar of events is sent out to all Education volunteers. There are opportunities for the volunteer to bring their own dog after it has passed the Education Dog evaluation.

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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Greeters

Greeters are the first point of contact for patrons visiting our shelter. This important position is located in our lobby. The Greeter directs each visiting patron to the area they’ve requested and provides answers to questions they may have about adopting, our shelter and other general questions

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

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Shelter Guide

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, the Shelter Guides are armed with a tablet to help locate some of the adoptable animals and answer questions for patrons.

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

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Pet Boutique

This people oriented position helps in our Pet Boutique, ringing up sales, helping people choose items for themselves and their pets, restocking inventory and interacting with our patrons.

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

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Pups in Progress

Volunteers with knowledge of dogs work one-on-one with select dogs evaluating different behaviors such as walking on the leash, basic commands and more. They input their findings into the dog’s profile so those interested in adopting will have information about that particular dog. These volunteers must be able to walk and control dogs 70+ pounds.

Shift: Once a week commitment is required on the same day and time every week. Pups in Progress operates Monday through Friday from 9:00am-11:00am.

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Shelter Services

The Shelter Services 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 every week.

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