Volunteering at HSP

Looking to give back to the community and want to help homeless pets? Our volunteers’ dedication and hard work makes an incredible difference in the lives of thousands of homeless animals.

Volunteers are an integral part of The Humane Society of Pinellas, providing assistance to our staff and animals over 40,000 hours annually. Just like our staff and animals, volunteers are considered part of the HSP family and are valued members of the shelter team.

Volunteers dedicated to our cause participate in programs, such as training our shelter dogs, bathing our animals, and coordinating events.

HSP goes above and beyond to treat each animal as an individual. Volunteers are always thanked. HSP offers hope and happiness and is the best place... ever.
— Volunteer Since January 2014

The Humane Society of Pinellas offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit all interests, experience level and time constraints. Please note, that we complete a background check on all volunteers and we reserve the right to deny your application for any reason.

Long-term Adult Volunteers

Help is needed in many different areas including adoptions, animal behavior, humane education, disaster response, fundraising events, our low-cost Pet Clinic, and more! Long-term adult volunteers are asked to commit to a regular volunteer schedule of one 2-4 hour shift per week, but monthly and as needed positions are available as well. All volunteers must participate in our orientation, in which volunteers discover which program is right for them, and specific training based on their volunteer role.  

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the following roles:

Adoption Ambassador/Greeter

Animal Care

Development/Administrative Assistant


Outreach & Events

Office Support

Lost & Found

Follow-up Calls

volunteer groups

Interested in having your business, sports team or group volunteer at the Humane Society of Pinellas? We have a variety of opportunities for larger groups to help HSP and our homeless pets. Please complete our Group Volunteering Application to learn more about our program and have an HSP team member get in touch with you!

Teen Volunteers

Teens can make a BIG difference in the lives of homeless animals and the Humane Society of Pinellas invites you to join our mission.

The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) believes that positive change in animal welfare is dependent on young adults that are our next generation of animal welfare professionals and advocates. 

Our teen volunteer program hosts 15-18 year olds that assist our Animal Caretakers with daily animal care duties, along with occasional opportunities to work in other roles. Teens learn how our shelter runs behind the scenes.

The teen program has four semesters throughout the year.

  • Summer Semester runs from June - August

  • Fall Semester runs September - November

  • Winter Semester runs December - February

  • Spring Semester runs March - May

Please carefully review the information below to determine if we offer the teen volunteer experience that you are seeking.

Program Requirements:

Teens must be at least 15 years old by December 1, 2019 and all teens in the program are expected to be in high school for the 2019-2020 school year.

Must commit to 3 months for the Winter Semester: December 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020. 

Teen volunteers also commit to a minimum of 8 volunteer hours per month:

  • Required to volunteer 1 shift per week and are scheduled for the same shift each week.

  • 2-hour service shifts are available:

    • M/Tu/Thur/Fri:  8:00-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:00-6:00

    • Sat:  8:00-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00

    • Sun:  12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00

  • Required to attend 2 learning lab classes per semester

  • Ability to purchase a volunteer t-shirt for $10

Additional Information:

The teen volunteer assists staff with cleaning and feeding in kennels and cleaning, restocking, sorting donations and other duties on the shelter campus.

Please note that new Teen Volunteers have non-animal handling tasks.

Teen volunteers will have the opportunity to continue into other semesters and advance/train for additional roles after their first semester, and as they meet required hour’s benchmarks.

Applications will be accepted from now to October 31st!

Once your application is reviewed, if you are in consideration to be in the program, we will conduct a phone interview. Accepted candidates will then be contacted via email to attend an orientation.

If you haven't heard from us by November 8th, you're welcome to re-apply for our 2020 Spring Semester.  The application will be open on our website from January 20th to February 2nd.

Family Volunteers

The Humane Society of Pinellas believes youth of all ages should receive the opportunity to volunteer! The Family Volunteer Program is for youth 7-14 to volunteer with a parent or guardian. One time opportunities are offered on a monthly basis. Duties include making enrichment items for the shelter pets, helping package pet food deliveries for our Senior Pet Connection program and animal care! Cost to attend program is $10 per session per family. Questions? Contact our Humane Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lucy Monette, at HumaneEd@HumanePinellas.org or by calling (727) 797-7722 ext. 238.

Have questions? Email Volunteer@HumanePinellas.org or call (727) 797-7722 ext. 223.

The Humane Society of Pinellas does not offer court-ordered community service hours and, due to the amount of training required to work with our animals, we do not offer one-time opportunities for individuals.