Become A Volunteer
The new Animal Services Shelter and Adoption Center is a great, big, place to work! More volunteers are needed to help care for animals and assist customers. To lend a hand, call the Animal Services volunteer coordinator at 582-2648 today.
- Foster Care Program
- Teen Program
- Disaster Animal Response Team (DART): Members to help transport pets of special needs citizens to safe, predetermined locations. Those interested in volunteering should call the Volunteer Coordinator at Pinellas County Animal Services, at (727) 582-2675. Helpers need to fill out Pinellas County volunteer applications and must complete training facilitated by the Bay Area DART Team.
- Animal Control Officer Assistant:
Are you interested in learning how to be an animal control officer? What a better way to learn than to ride-a-long and assist an animal control officer on daily field duties. Each volunteer will get on-the-job orientation and training to effectively handle these assignments.
- Kennel Assistant:
The kennel assistant will work with the animal care staff and learn how to properly clean and sanitize the kennels, feed and water the pets and assist citizens that come into the shelter looking for a lost pet. Each volunteer will get on-the-job orientation and training to effectively handle these assignments.
Volunteers that want to help exercise the dogs in our adoption area can take the dogs out for a casual walk or play with them in one of the two exercise yards we have for them.
Or, volunteers can enter our cat adoption area and take the cats out of their cages one at a time and just sit down and socialize with them.
- Clerical Assistant:
Volunteers can assist the customer service staff and/or the administrative staff in various clerical areas with data entry, filing, making charts, or excel spreadsheets. Whatever your area of expertise may be, Animal Services would be happy to have you work side by side with us.
- Hospital Assistants:
Animal Services will allow veterinarians, veterinary technicians, or anyone else with the desire to learn what takes place in a pet hospital environment the opportunity to help with the daily workload in the hospital.
- Pet Groomer:
Experienced groomers can volunteer and can do makeovers on the dogs and cats received that are going into our adoption areas. Groomers have in the past taken dogs and cats that had never been properly groomed and given them baths, groomed them, sometimes putting ribbons on them and they get adopted almost immediately upon entering the adoption areas! Pinellas County Animal Services provides all the necessary equipment for this area of expertise.
- Phone Operators:
Volunteers can assist our enforcement staff in taking daily animal-related complaint calls over the telephone and learn how to effectively deal with the citizen’s questions and/or problems, and then enter the necessary data into the computerized dispatching system for our enforcement officers to perform their daily calls.
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