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.
— Comment made at the January 2014 volunteer meeting.

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.  

Click here to complete an Adult Volunteer Application!

Short-term Adult Volunteers

Our short-term program is for adults 18+ who can commit less than two months of volunteering, or those who need documented community service hours for court, school or other reasons. Short-term volunteers must attend our orientation, in which they receive training specific to the short-term program. Due to the time constraints and nature of this program, short-term volunteers are not permitted to handle animals. For volunteers seeking community service hours for court, please note we only accept applicants with driving violations. Please note that while your court slip may list us as an agency, all community service applicants must be approved by our Volunteer Coordinator.

Click here for complete a Short-Term Volunteer Application!

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 form to learn more about our program and have an HSP team member get in touch with you!

Teen Volunteers

The Humane Society of Pinellas believes that success in the animal welfare field is dependent on children that will grow up to be animal care professionals. To support this, HSP hosts 15-18 year old volunteers that assist our Animal Caretakers with daily duties, opportunities to work in customer service, and working with our Development team, learning how our shelter runs behind the scenes.

  • Teen volunteers commit to 8 volunteer hours per month, attending learning labs, and have the opportunity to advance to become a level 2 or 3 volunteer which give more responsibility and experience.

  • The teen program runs four semesters throughout the year. Teens are committed to completing one full semester to HSP.

    • Summer semester runs from June - August

    • Fall semester runs September - November

    • Winter semester runs December - February

    • Spring semester runs March - May

Click here to complete a Teen Volunteer Application.

Our winter semester is full! All applications submitted will be added to our waiting list to join in March.

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! Questions? Contact our Humane Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lucy Monette, at HumaneEd@HumanePinellas.org or by calling (727) 797-7722 ext. 238.

Click here to sign up for the Family Volunteer Program

Have questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Vanessa Ply, at Volunteer@HumanePinellas.org or by calling (727) 797-7722 ext. 223.