Volunteer

In 2017, HSSC volunteers worked a combined total of 29,000 hours! The generous time volunteers dedicate to the Humane Society of Sarasota County enables us to continue to save lives and expand our services for our community. With so many resources required to provide care for our animals, it would be impossible to fulfill our mission as the area’s premier no-kill shelter without our volunteers.

The new volunteer & foster volunteer program is temporarily on hold. We will reopen the application links on Friday, May 31. Thank you for your patience and support of HSSC.


HSSC Dot Assignments – Effective May 2019 

TEAL
Teal dogs can be placed in just about any home. During their behavior evaluation, they presented as very social and tolerant of all handling. They exhibited no signs of resource guarding with their food bowl or possessions, were not overly aroused in play, and were friendly or at least calmly tolerant of other dogs. Additionally, teal dogs have no concerning issues in their history, nor have they exhibited any concerning behavior while in our care. Teal dogs are the only dogs that can be placed in homes with children under age six.

GRAY
Gray dogs are shy, fearful, or under socialized. They need extra socialization and confidence building. These are dogs that we would not place with children under the age six because they may be a bit too nervous for the actions of young children. They may be fine in a home with children over six; however, depending on the dog, they may do better with older children (in which case age will be indicated on their kennel card—e.g., 10+).

BLACK
Black dogs are a bit on the exuberant side and will have greater exercise needs. Typically, these are dogs who have had little-to-no formal training and need some work in this department. Black dogs should not be in a home with children under six and may be too much for other young children. Black dogs are typically fine with other dogs, but they may be a bit too playful for some. Black dogs will need an adopter dedicated to providing them with lots of exercise and training.

PURPLE
Purple dogs are the behavior modification dogs. We have identified concerning behaviors in their history and have set up behavior modification programs for them. They need to go to a home with an experienced dog owner who is willing to continue the behavior modification program. Purple dogs cannot go to a home with children under the age of 14 years. In addition, they are not appropriate for currently childless couples that plan to start a family soon.

 

Any questions or concerns, please ask or report immediately to Corrie or Lisa: 941.955.4131 x124.

 

DOT COLOR

(Previous Color)
TRAITS ADOPTION RESTRICTIONS APPROVED VOLUNTEER HANDLERS

TEAL

(Green)
  • Very social
  • Tolerant of all handling
  • No signs of resource guarding
  • Not overly aroused in play
  • Friendly and/or calm with other dogs
  • No behavior concerns
  • None
  • Suitable for homes with children of any age
Completed CC 101

GRAY

(Yellow)
  • Shy
  • Fearful
  • Under socialized
  • Nervous, unsure of handling
  • Timid in new surroundings
  • Lacking confidence
  • Minimal bite risk
  • Best in homes with children at least age 6
  • Need an adopter dedicated to helping them feel safe and secure
  • Completed CC 101
  • What to work on with these dogs: Socialization and confidence building

BLACK

(Red)
  • Big, strong, athletic
  • Jumpy, mouthy, hyper
  • “Rude”
  • Little-to-no formal training
  • Generally OK with other dogs, but may be too playful for some dogs
  • No signs of aggression but could cause accidental injury
  • Need lots of exercise
  • Best in homes with children at least age 6
  • Need an adopter dedicated to providing lots of exercise and training
  • Completed CC 201 and at least age 18
  • What to work on with these dogs: Speak to Corrie, Lisa, Vickie G., or Karen Z.
  • Teen Volunteers are not allowed to walk these dogs

PURPLE

(Blue)
  • Concerning behaviors in their history
  • On a behavior modification plan
  • No homes with children under age 14, or families planning to have children
  • Need an experienced dog owner willing to continue the behavior modification plan
  • Must have a Black Dot and must speak to Corrie or Lisa first.
  • Teen Volunteers are not allowed to walk these dogs


 

Ways to Volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight
Natalie Tilton

After a long and successful career, Natalie Tilton decided that the banking and financial clients who depended on her to plan and manage their educational and promotional events needed to give her a break to seek other pastures. In this case, Cincinnati’s and New York’s loss was Florida’s gain. Natalie joined her stepfather as a real estate agent in Venice. She relishes her new profession, being close to family, no more harsh winters, and volunteering with animals.
 
About four years ago, Natalie came to HSSC and quickly met an irresistible Corgi puppy named Winnie. Winnie is now Lulu and lives the pampered life that we would all expect. Fortunately, there is also room in Natalie’s life for foster work, and she just completed fostering those handsome Doberman-mix pups, Fay and Finn. Animal fostering is not possible for everyone and it is a labor-intensive endeavor, but to those who can and do – it’s a heartfelt gift to our dogs and cats.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
2331 15th Street | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.955.4131 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
THE ANIMAL CLINIC OF HSSC
1090 North Tuttle Ave | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.364.3605 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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