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.

Long-term Adult Volunteers

Help is needed in many different areas including adoptions, animal behavior, humane education, disaster response, fundraising events, our lost-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. 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.  

Short-term Adult Volunteers

Our short-term program is for those unable to make weekly commitments to HSP 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. 

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 16-18 year old volunteers that assist our Animal Caretakers with daily duties that range from general animal care to enrichment. 

  • Teens volunteering for the Spring and Fall/Winter sessions are asked to commit to two 3-hour shifts per month, plus one major event.
  • Teens volunteering for the Summer program are asked to commit to two 3-hour shifts per week, plus one major event.

The summer program is currently full. We are currently recruiting Teen Volunteers for Fall 2016. Complete a Teen Volunteer application here.

YOUth programs 

While HSP currently does not have any on-site volunteer opportunities for youth under the age of 16 years, we do provide a variety of opportunities for children to get involved! Through our Humane Education and Outreach program, children are invited to conduct school projects or off-site volunteer opportunities (fundraising, special events, food drives, etc.) with the assistance of our Humane Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lucy Monette. Children are also invited to come to our shelter and participate in the HSP Scavenger Hunt! Our Scavenger Hunt is a great way to learn more about our shelter pets and animals welfare while you visit. Contact Lucy at HumaneEd@HumanePinellas.org or by calling 727-797-7722 ext. 238.  

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