Volunteer Sign up & FAQ

Thank you for being so interested in volunteering with the Humane Society of Marion County!

Our volunteers are integral to the success of our organization. Without volunteers, we would be unable to save as many animals as we do.

If you are 14 or 15, your guardian must sign your waivers in the appropriate places. You will also need to have someone who is a volunteer over the age of 21 with you when you volunteer.

We are always looking for dedicated individuals to help us throughout our organization with various tasks ranging from dog walking, cleaning, and socializing with animals to laundry, dishes, thrift store operations, and special events. We are excited for you to join our team and learn more about how your time and talents can improve the welfare of pets and the people who love them across North Central Florida!

How to Become a Volunteer

1- Read the Volunteer Handbook.

2- Complete the Volunteer Quiz.

3- Upon successfully completing the quiz, you will be sent a volunteer application via email (within 72 hours).

4- Sign up for a Volunteer Orientation on your application.

5- Attend Orientation, sign your waivers, and you are now ready to volunteer as a Level One.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

A volunteer must be at least 14 years of age. Volunteers ages 14 and 15 must accompany a parent/guardian while volunteering. The adult accompanying them must also be registered in the HSMC Volunteer Program.

Do I have to clean kennels?

No, there are many other volunteer opportunities available at HSMC. Detailed Position Descriptions are included on this website.

Do I have to be scheduled to volunteer?

We have volunteer opportunities that are unscheduled and scheduled, depending upon your volunteering interest and preferences. Not all volunteers are scheduled.

How long does the volunteer orientation last?

It would be best to allow one hour and fifteen minutes for the total orientation.

Can I come on days the Shelter is closed?

Yes, once you have some volunteer experience and learn the procedures. Volunteers are welcome to come on our closed day, which is Wednesday.

Do you track volunteer hours?

Yes, once you are enrolled, and orientation is complete, you are given a login to our volunteer system, which tracks your hours. We will verify and sign any documentation needed for school, scholarships, etc.