The Humane Society of Marion County, Florida

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!

***** Important Please Read *****

If you have court ordered hours please call the shelter at 352-873-7387 ext. 204

Community service hours are court ordered or required. Do not sign up as a volunteer if the hours are ordered or required. 

Volunteer hours are when someone is here at their own good will.

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.

6- Sign in and check your hours any time here.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Volunteer positions

  • CANINE & FELINE ENRICHMENT – Dogs and cats need human interaction and socialization. Some animals come to us as strays or puppy mill dogs and must learn human touch. Animals that were abused need to know trust. Playing ball with a dog or stroking a cat is essential for the animals and does wonders for human dispositions! Animals (particularly cats) need encouragement to exercise.
  • CLERICAL – Clerical help is often needed for filing, stuffing envelopes, etc., on an as-needed basis. Assisting at the front desk of the shelter is desperately needed.
  • DOGGIE BANKS – Our Doggie Bank fundraising program requires individuals who will pick up proceeds from the banks once each month and deliver them to the Finance Director. Also, we need people to assist in recruiting locations to place new banks. Special training is required before taking on this position.
  • FOSTER PARENTS: Bottle feeders, nursing moms/babies, special needs, & animals recovering from surgery, skin conditions, or other health concerns often heal more quickly outside of the shelter. A separate Foster Parent Training class is necessary.
  • FUNDRAISING/SPECIAL EVENTS – The HSMC holds several fundraising events each year. These events take dozens of people to put together, and volunteers are vital to their success. You may be asked to help post flyers, solicit prizes from local businesses, sell tickets in advance, help with organization at the event, and the list goes on and on! If you’re not available consistently and want to be involved a couple of times each year, we’ll be more than happy to put you to work on special events!
  • GROOMERS – You only get one chance at a first impression. We want our animals to look their best when potential families come to call. You’re what we need if you don’t mind getting a little wet and can handle a wiggly dog or cat at bath time!
  • HUMANE EDUCATION – Children are the key to reducing animal abuse and abandonment incidences. By teaching them at an early age to respect animals, we will see a decline in incidents in the future. We have instituted a humane education program in public schools, summer camps, and children’s organizations. We need experienced people in teaching children and who love animals to assist in these classes.
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS – A picture is worth a thousand words! People with photography skills can help take pictures of available dogs and cats for us to include in promotional materials and on our website. We also need photographers for our special events.
  • THRIFT STORE – The HSMC Thrift Store is a significant source of HSMC funding. Its hours of operation are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday.
  • WALKERS – Our dogs enjoy the luxury of playing in assigned play yards (weather permitting). However, we are always in need of volunteers to exercise our dogs. Dogs who walk nicely on a leash are more adoptable.
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