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Adult Volunteer Information

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How to become a volunteer:

View the volunteer positions that interest you and then email volunteer@hsbroward.com to express your interest in attending a general volunteer orientation. Hour-long orientations are provided  to prospective volunteers. We require a commitment to accept one shift per week for a period of six months. During these orientation 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 the background check, 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 bansell@hsbroward.com.

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Teen Animal Care Volunteer Program

Children must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at the shelter. For children under 14 we have many other fabulous programs that they can participate in; some of which they can earn service hours. Please check out our Education Programs section to see the other ways kids and preteens can get involved, https://humanebroward.com/education-programs/

Teen Animal Care

All of our positions for Teen Animal Care Volunteer sessions for 2020 are curently full.

Each 3-month 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 14 years old by their session’s start date.
  • Teen and a parent must attend the orientation.
  • Teen (with parental approval) must agree to criminal background check.
  • Teen must agree to come in once a week for 3 hours, for their 3 month 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 $30 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 $30 fee will be refunded.

You will be contacted approximately 2 weeks prior to your orientation date as a reminder. 

We welcome you to join our limited waiting list. Should a position become available, we will contact applicants in the order they join.

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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 dfeldman@hsbroward.com.

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Volunteer Programs

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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

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 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.

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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

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

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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Dog 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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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.

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Dog Bather

Our dog bathers ensure each dog going into surgery is bathed beforehand. They bathe and dry the dogs, then end their day at the HSBC spa with a colorful bandana. When all dogs from surgery are clean, bathers go through the kennels to see who would benefit from a little sprucing up.

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

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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.

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.

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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Greeter

Greeters are the first point of contact visitors converse with when entering the shelter lobby. This important position directs each visiting patron to the area they’ve requested and provides answers to various 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.

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.

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