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 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.  

Click here to complete an Adult Volunteer Application!

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. 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. Please contact Volunteer@HumanePinellas.org

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 a 3-hour, once a week volunteering shift, plus one major event. 
  • The teen program runs three semesters throughout the year. Teens are committed to completing one full semester to HSP. 
    • Summer semester runs from June - August
    • Fall semester runs August - December
    • Winter/Spring semester runs January - May

Click here to complete a Teen Volunteer Application for Fall 2017. 

YOUth programs 

The Family Volunteer Program at the Humane Society of Pinellas is for youth between the ages of 7 and 14 to volunteer with a parent or legal guardian. The program is designed for youth completing service hours for school. Orientations for this program are conducted three times per year and tasks range from helping with enrichment to assisting with our pet food pantry.

Complete a Family Volunteer Application here!

Lack of time? Email our Humane Education & Outreach Coordinator at HumaneEd@HumanePinellas.org or call 727-797-7722 ext. 238 for instructions on how to do a project at home. No training required! To receive credit for a project done at home and a personalized thank you card mailed to you, complete the Scavenger Hunt located in our Adoption Center. Check out our Humane Education Programs for additional youth opportunities!


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