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're hosting summer camps for the next couple months and look forward to you joining us for our next Adult Orientation in September!

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. We believe that success in the animal welfare field is dependent on children that will grow up to be animal welfare professionals and advocates. To support this, HSP hosts 15-18 year old volunteers that assist our Animal Caretakers with daily animal care duties, along with occasional opportunities to work in customer service, administration and development. Teen Volunteers learn how our shelter runs behind the scenes.

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

  • Summer Semester from June - August

  • Fall Semester from September - November

  • Winter Semester from December - February

  • Spring Semester from March - May

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

  • Teens must be at least 15 years old when the semester they apply for begins.

  • Teens must commit to completing the semester they apply for.

  • Teens must commit to a minimum of 8 volunteer hours per month:

    • Each teen is required to complete at least one, 2-hour service shift per week.

    • New teens can work no more than two, 2-hour shifts on a single day (4 hours total).

    • 2-hour service shifts are available:

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

      • Wed/Sat/Sun: 8:00-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00

  • Teen volunteers are also required to attend 2 learning lab classes per semester.

What will Teen Volunteers be Doing?

Cleaning and other daily operations support activities are a major part of the Teen volunteers’ duties. New Teen Volunteers have non-animal handling tasks. Teen Volunteers have the opportunity to advance to become level 2 or 3 volunteers after their first semester, and as they meet required hours benchmarks and attend classes. As Teen Volunteers move up in levels, they will be offered additional training to help with direct animal handling and care.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in our Teen Program at the Humane Society of Pinellas! Applications for the 2019 Fall Teen Program are now CLOSED.

Space in our teen program is limited each semester and is very competitive as our program receives many more applications than positions available. Applying is the first step in the process but does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The application for our Winter Semester will be active on our website from October 18 through October 31, 2019.

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. 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.