How to Become a Volunteer

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Our organization cannot do all that we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers. They help us walk the dogs, play with the cats, foster animals in their homes, clean, help with the MAC, volunteer at the Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic and assist with Outreach/Special Events. We always need caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets and in the community.

1. Check out the volunteer positions (listed below) and see if any or all of them appeal to you.

2. Visit the Orientation page, review the Volunteer Training Manual, Register for an Orientation and then print and complete the Volunteer Application and Waiver.

3. Schedule your first volunteer day with the Volunteer Manager and start saving lives!

Volunteer Positions:

Administrative Assistant – Help the office with letters, phone calls and small projects. Shifts: Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Adoption Assistant * – Assist the adoption office with visitation between prospective adopters and animals. Protect the animals and people during the visit and alert adoption staff to any potential problems. This position is crucial to helping HSTB to adopt more animals. When there are no visits to be conducted, volunteers may socialize the animals. Shifts: Monday through Sunday

Animal Companion * – Help animals become more adoptable and help to reduce shelter stress by providing exercise, relaxation and playtime for animals in our care. Shifts Monday – Sunday – additional classes/training required.

Animeals – Once a month deliver pet food to elderly and homebound citizens so that they can keep their pets. *Florida driver’s license and liability insurance required*

Bathing/Grooming – Giving baths and/or grooming the animals.

Feral Cat Mondays – Assist in staging and preparing feral cats for surgery. Shifts: Monday

Food Assistance – Help people who come in to the shelter who need food to keep their pets in their home. Shifts: Monday through Sunday

Foster Care – Care for cats/kittens or dogs/puppies in your home who are not ready for adoption due to age or health. This position helps HSTB to save more lives. **Additional application and meeting with foster care supervisor is mandatory. Fill out an application on-line** Shifts: as needed

Kennel Assistant * – Assist kennel staff in the care of animals and help maintain sanitary conditions (cleaning cages, washing bowls, sweeping floors, laundry, feeding animals, etc.). Animals are much happier and more presentable when they are in clean cages. Shifts Monday through Sunday

Mobile Adoption Center (MAC) – Assist our shelter on wheels as we take animals for adoption out to various events in the community. Help maintain sanitary conditions (cleaning cages, washing bowls, etc.), includes adoption assistant duties. Volunteer as needed*

Outreach Ambassador – Distribute information and literature at local community events about Humane Society of Tampa Bay programs and services. This position helps us to reach more people in the community. It helps to increase our donations as well as to educate the public about animals. Volunteer as needed*

Paws For Literacy – Children experiencing challenges with reading are invited to read to our animals on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This gives them a safe place to practice their skills and a loving, captive audience to encourage them. Supervising volunteers are needed to assist (must have literacy training).

Shelter Dog Playgroups – Walk dogs from their kennel runs to the play yards and take the dogs back after they’ve spent time with other dogs in playgroup. Volunteers are needed every morning (8:00-11:30) for Shelter Dog Playgroups

Spay/Neuter Program – Assist with answering telephones, cleaning cages, and preparing “surgical packs” at our Animal Health Center. Office or Surgery positions – Shifts Monday through Friday

Special Events – Assist with the planning and production of special events and fundraising projects. Volunteer as needed

TNR Volunteer – Go into the field with our TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) Manager to help trap and transport feral cats for spay/neuter at our clinic.

Animal Health Center – Assist with confirming appointments, greeting clients and helping the staff prepare items for surgeries and procedures. Shifts Monday through Sunday in the morning.

*Additional training available

Happy Tails # 268
We met Dodger on our first visit to the Humane Society on September 11, 2010. I had finally convinced my boyfriend (who had never owned a pet before), to just go and take a look at some of the adoptable pets. We fell in love with a tiny, shy rat terrier mix and took him home. Dodger has been an amazing edition to our family, and a great first pet for my boyfriend. He is full of energy and loves to play and cuddle. He is smart, eager to learn, and has a wonderful demeanor. He has brought more joy to us than we ever anticipated! He is a little bundle of joy, and we can’t wait to get home at the end of the day just to see him! We are grateful to the Humane Society for taking such good care of him, and for bringing us all together! Dodger has found his FOREVER home.

With many thanks.

Amanda and Joe

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