Lending A Paw

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

Long Term Adult Volunteering

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

Currently Recruiting Volunteers for:

  • Adoption Center Greeter
  • Animal Care/Kennel Assistant
  • Maintenance & Repair
  • Donation & Laundry
  • Senior Pet Connection (Pet Food Distributing Program)
  • Community Outreach & Event Ambassador

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.

Teen Volunteering

Teens can make a BIG difference in the lives of homeless animals and the Humane Society of Pinellas invites you to join our mission. Teen Volunteers, 15 to 18 years old, assist our Animal Caretakers with daily kennel duties to keep the shelter clean and healthy.

Semester Structure

Our teen program has four semesters throughout the year:

  • Summer Semester / June – August
  • Fall Semester / September – November
  • Winter Semester / December – February
  • Spring Semester / March – May


Teen volunteers must meet these requirements:

  • Teens must be 15 years old by the session’s start date.
  • Teens must be in high school in the current school year.
  • Teen and a parent must attend the orientation.
  • Teen must agree to come in once a week for 2 hours, for their first 3 month session; same day, same time, assisting in animal care.

Each 3-month session has limited openings for new volunteers and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 adult groups to help HSP and our homeless pets. Please click on the Contact button below to get in touch with an HSP team member!

Have Volunteering Questions?

Our Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to help figure out the best volunteer opportunity for yourself, your family, or your group.