Thank you for considering being a volunteer! Our volunteer process is as follows:

 1. Fill out the online application and sign our Code of Conduct 

2. Our Volunteer Coordinator will notify you of our volunteer orientation dates

 3. Attend Volunteer Orientation 

4. Schedule your first volunteer shift 

5. Go through training with a staff member or volunteer mentor 6. Start volunteering!

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Release and Code of Conduct

Southeast Volusia Humane Society promotes respectful and honest communication. We always require ethical communication, expect professional and compassionate behavior toward people and animals.  

  • We believe all animals are entitled to be free from suffering, abuse and exploitation
  • We believe we have an obligation to provide animals humane treatment and stewardship
  • We honor the Five Freedoms:
    • Freedom for hunger and thirst
    • Freedom from discomfort
    • Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
    • Freedom to express normal behavior
    • Freedom from fear and distress 
  • We have a duty to protect animals from suffering, homelessness, and cruelty
  • We believe that our values, decisions, conduct and behavior must set the tone and be a model for others in their care and treatment of animals
  • The commitment, care and attention we afford to human beings and animals is only differentiated by degree and not by kind
  • We believe we have an obligation to alleviate suffering
  • We believe we have an obligation to prevent cruelty
  • We abide by state and local laws
  • We abide by SEVHS’s policy and procedures, including reporting bites and injuries


  • Communicate consistently, truthfully and with integrity inside and outside of the organization. 
  • Accept responsibility for our actions. 
  • Provide honest and accurate information regarding animal behavior, animal health, agency policies, procedures and programs like fund raising and the disposition of animals.  


  • Treat all living creatures with respect and dignity. 
  • Create an open environment which encourages and solicits input from all stakeholders. 
  • Recognize the value of each individual or group. 
  • Acknowledge socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and philosophical differences. 
  • Advocate and model respectful behavior through individual and organizational example. 


  • Apply all applicable laws impartially with organizational guidelines. 
  • Provide humane treatment and care for animals. 
  • Seek ways to improve the operation and delivery of services. Pursue excellence. 
  • Share information and seek input from, educate, and cooperate with others.  
  • Use good judgment in recognizing the scope of authority.


  • Use good judgment instead of being judgmental.
  • Listen to and consider opposing viewpoints. 
  • Make informed decisions without personal bias. 
  • Apply consistent principles in decision-making while allowing for flexibility. 


  • Strive to provide for the physical and psychological needs of people and animals. 
  • Encourage and support board and staff development. 
  • Provide a humane and dignified death for animals using recommended and approved methods. 
  • Extend the principles of caring and compassion to the public. 
  • Provide a supportive environment in which to deal with issues of euthanasia and grief. 


  • Represent the organization in a professional manner. 
  • Strive to promote positive and collaborative relationships with other agencies, organizations, and individuals.
  • Recognize the euthanasia is a difficult decision for all, and no verbal or nonverbal insinuations or attacks on staff will be tolerated.
  • Respect that people and animals count on me to honor my commitments
  • Work together with staff and other volunteers to meet SEVHS’s goals.
  • Value my role in the maintenance and growth of the organization.
  • Strive to promote a positive environment. 


  • Follow the policies and procedures put forth in volunteer training.
  • Keep safety at the forefront of all volunteer activities.
  • Respect and use equipment and supplies, as they are intended.
  • Report all injuries immediately to a staff member. 
  • I acknowledge that working with animals may involve exposure to cleaning chemicals and zoonotic disease.
  • I carry my own health insurance
  • I release the Southeast Volusia Humane Society from all liability while performing my duties as a volunteer in any capacity.

Failure to abide by this code of conduct and behavior in a humane, compassionate, professional manner towards the public, clients, volunteers, staff and animals will result in disciplinary action, up to an including termination.