How old do you have to be to volunteer?
We accept volunteers age 16 and up. Junior Volunteers ages 16 and 17 are able to volunteer with the signed consent of a parent or guardian.
Do you take volunteers needing hours for school? (Bright Futures, etc)
Yes! We welcome volunteers needing school community services hours. We do ask for a commitment from our volunteers:
- Junior Volunteer age 16 and 17: 3 month commitment at 6 hours per month minimum
- Adult Volunteer age 18 and up: 6 month commitment at 6 hours per month
Once you have met this commitment, we will sign off on all community service hours.
Once you attend orientation and training, you will be able to sign up for a volunteer shift online. Our shelter is open Monday - Saturday from 10am through 6pm and Sundays from 1pm through 5pm.
How do I join the volunteer team?
Step 1 – Complete the volunteer application form. Once reviewed, you will receive a follow up email with orientation dates.
Step 2 – - Sign up and attend a volunteer orientation. This includes classroom training and a tour of the shelter. Junior volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent attend volunteer orientation with them.
Step 3 - Sign up for hands on training. This includes animal handling and customer services training.
Following completion of this training, you will be asked to take a quiz. Once this has been aced, you are ready to start.
When you come in for your first volunteer shift, we want to get you outfitted with an official t-shirt and name tag.
Once I’m an active volunteer, how do I create my schedule?
Animal Services utilizes Volgistics to schedule and organize volunteers. Once registered, you can update your schedule through this program.
Interested in volunteering as a group?
We offer volunteer opportunities for groups that want to give back to the community. These opportunities differ slightly from volunteering as an individual and do not involve any hands on animal handling. We provide a quick introduction and then offer a Shelter Project that can be completed in 2-4 hours. We are able to take a group of up to 20 individuals and require advanced scheduling. To schedule a Group Volunteering day, please email us at Crystal.Kincaid@ocfl.net with the details of your group including the dates and times you would like to volunteer. Please note that for one day groups, there will be no animal handling due to safety risks.
Need Volunteer Hours Quickly? Under 16 but Want to Help?
We allow individuals who need volunteer/community school hours to complete a Shelter Project! If you're 15 and under, you're welcome to participate with a parent or a signed waiver. Those 16 and older are eligible to participate alone.
We have two main projects: Adoption Awareness or Donation Drives. For Adoption Awareness, you can hold pre-made adoption signs in front of the shelter. This encourages people to come in to adopt and is very effective in raising awareness about our shelter! We also allow Donation Drives for volunteer hours. Hours spent on the donation drive must be documented by a parent. These do NOT take any training and can be completed right away. You do not need to attend orientation. Please email Crystal.Kincaid@ocfl.net for more information. We would love your help with these projects!
Do you have a question we haven’t answered?
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator Crystal Kincaid at Crystal.Kincaid@ocfl.net for more information on our exciting volunteer program.