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.  

Click here to complete an Adult Volunteer Application!

Short-term and community service

Due to our program transition and search for a new Volunteer Coordinator, the short-term and community service program is temporarily suspended. Please check back with us soon for additional updates!

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

Our summer semester is full! We will be taking new applications starting July 15th for our Fall Semester. Please get your applications in early as space in our teen program is limited for each term and is very competitive.

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