Individual Volunteers

Volunteers are the life force of the Humane Society of Sarasota County. They touch every aspect of our operations, as well as provide the highest-quality care and love for our pets. This work enables us to magnify our impact and save more lives.

To volunteer with the Humane Society of Sarasota County, you must be at least 18 years old. Teens ages 12-17 can apply for Teen Club. Please review the essential capabilities listed below and follow the directions to get started. Already an active volunteer: click here.

Essential Capabilities for Individual Volunteering at HSSC

Volunteering at HSSC requires certain skills and abilities. Essential capabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Uphold the mission, vision, and values of HSSC.
  • Commit to volunteering 50 hours per year.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Willing to work as part of a team.
  • Have a professional appearance and positive attitude.
  • Willing to learn and use VolunteerHub, our online volunteer scheduling system.
  • Able to take instructions and follow safety protocols.
  • Able to work with cleaning chemicals.
  • Able to stand, walk, bend, kneel, and crouch unassisted.

Specific Volunteer roles may have additional requirements. 

Please note that HSSC is not an approved agency for adult, court-ordered community service. 

Volunteer Roles

There are many ways to pitch in at HSSC:

  • Cleaning & Laundry: Help keep HSSC clean. 
  • Canine Companion: Exercise, train, and provide the TLC our dogs need (and deserve).
  • Feline Friend: Interact, socialize, and provide the TLC our cats need (and deserve).
  • Guest Services: Greet potential adopters and assist the Adoptions staff.
  • Matchmaker: Match potential adopters with the perfect HSSC dog or cat or their lifestyle.
  • Administrative Support: Assist with clerical duties, which may include making phone calls, sending emails, and data entry.
  • Events: Represent HSSC at fundraising special events and community events (“offsites”) by handling adoptable animals and assisting with event tasks like check-in and auction bid spotting.

Volunteers also help manage the Donation Bank Program, lend their photography and videography skills to promote adoptable animals, distribute food at our weekly Pet Pantry Program, take animals for Staycations or Excursions, and help keep the shelter running smoothly in countless ways. 

You may also be interested in these other HSSC volunteer opportunities:

Get Started

If you’re interested in volunteering and feel you have the time, passion, and dedication to work with our organization, Click Here to Apply

Your application will be reviewed, then you will be contacted regarding the next steps, which include a mandatory Volunteer Information Session and additional role-specific training. There is a one-time $35 volunteer fee that covers your volunteer t-shirt, name badge, insurance coverage, and training materials.

If you have questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Hayley Harvey, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 941.955.4131 x113.

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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