The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Teen Club Program is an excellent way for teens to contribute to their community and gain experience for future careers. The Teen Club Program is highly competitive since space is limited. All interested applicants should carefully review the program requirements below to ensure the program works with their schedules.
Teen Club not the right fit for you? Stay tuned as we’re working hard to expand opportunities for teens looking for volunteering hours. Also check out our Humane Education Program.
Teen Club is ideal for animal-loving teens, ages 12-17, who have an interest and passion for helping animals. It is a comprehensive, limited-space program and requires participants to be enrolled at the start of the school year. This fun and informative program focuses on developing teens to become responsible citizens and future volunteers at the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Once Teen Club members complete the program, they can volunteer at the shelter with the same rights and responsibilities as individual adult volunteers (except for handling Black and Puple Dot dogs).
Goals and Objectives
There are two sessions of Teen Club:
If you have questions about Teen Club, please contact Ginny Armington at 941.955.4131 x114.
Due to high demand, not all teens who apply will be selected to join. Teens will be selected based on their application and essay responses.
For those accepted, there is a one-time $35 membership fee to cover the cost of your volunteer t-shirt, name badge, insurance coverage, and training materials.
If you go 60 days without logging into VolunteerHub, your account will be suspended due to inactivity. If you still want to be a volunteer, contact Hayley Harvey at 941.955.4131 x113 to have your account reactivated.
We are proud to offer our active volunteers a 20% discount on services and flea/tick and heartworm preventives at our Animal Clinic, and a 10% discount on retail purchases at both the Animal Clinic and our Adoptions Retail Center. To claim your discount, please let staff know at the time of scheduling or purchase. New volunteers must have contributed at least 15 hours before they are eligible for discounts. Training time counts towards those 15 hours. You must be a client at the Animal Clinic and have your pet examined by one of our veterinarians in order to purchase flea/tick and heartworm medications.