Volunteer With Us

    The Humane Society of Sarasota County's volunteers generously give their time and talents, which enables HSSC 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.

    Teens ages 13-17 can also apply using the same link below. Are you a current volunteer or a volunteer in training? Please visit the Volunteer Log-in Page.

    Get Started

    Please review the essential capabilities listed below and follow the directions to get started. If you feel you have the time, passion, and dedication to work with our organization. You will need to create a VolunteerHub account.

    After you apply, we will contact you when volunteer positions become available. You will then be able to proceed in the process of becoming a volunteer. When you are contacted the next steps include:

    • Attending a Volunteer Information Session (held at HSSC).
    • Paying a one-time $35 volunteer fee, which covers the cost of your volunteer short-sleeved t-shirt, name badge, insurance coverage, and training.
    • Completing program-specific training.

    If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Joiner at 941.955.4131 x113 or [email protected].

    Essential Capabilities for Individual Volunteering at HSSC

    A Volunteer Must Have the Ability to...

    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. 

    Volunteer Roles

    Adoption Support

    Welcome visitors, guide them through the initial sign-in process, and personally escort potential adopters to the dog or cat areas. You may also assist with answering the phone, filing, handing out food at the pet pantry, and with general office duties.

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

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