Please complete this application if you are interested in Volunteering at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. This application is NOT for individuals in need of community service hours. Once the application is complete, click the continue button at the bottom. Once submitted, please be sure to sign up for Volunteer Orientation.
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1. You must be at least 16 years or older with a driver's license or state identification card to Volunteer at Palm Beach Animal Care & Control. If choosing to Volunteer with dogs, you must be 18 years or older.
2. All animal-handling positions require a hands-on training class here at the shelter. The cat handling and dog handling classes are about one hour. The dog playgroup training session is about three hours.
3. Every Volunteer is required to undergo a basic background screening before volunteering.
You must be 16 years or older for the Volunteer Positions below:
*Feline Friends - Interact and socialize with cats/kittens who are waiting for homes in our PetPals adoption program. Activities include playing, petting, quiet reading, and more. *Requires Cat Handling Training Class.*
*Feline Observer – Observe and Report on overall cat behavior and personality. Information gathered will be used for their profile on our SNAP adoption page and Kennel Cards.* Requires Cat Handling Training Class.*
* Feline Pawpurrazzi - Take pictures and videos of our adoptable cats for our website and social media. *Requires Cat Handling Training Class.*
*Enrichment Workshop – Attending scheduled Workshops to make and create Enrichment items (toys, puzzles, treats, etc.) for all animals currently at the shelter.
*Kong Krew – A Kong is a hollow, rubber, dog toy that can be stuffed with yummy treats to provide hours of enrichment to help prevent boredom and anxiety. The Kong Krew stuffs Kongs and makes pupsicles too!
*Lost & Found Liaison - Help reunite pets with their families and assist visitors with lost & found reports. Must be proficient with phones and computers to maintain the shelter’s lost and found database. *Additional Training Required.*
*SF Fair – Volunteering on site at our booth at the South Florida Fair. Helping to educate the public and promote the many services we provide.
*Welcome Greeter - Show genuine hospitality by offering a warm welcome to visitors. Kindly answer questions and guide them to where they want to go. *Additional Training Required.*
You must be 18 years or older for the Volunteer Positions below:
*Dog Walker – Leash walk dogs who are waiting for homes in our PetPals adoption program. *Requires Dog Handling Class.*
*Dog Playgroup - Assist behavior staff with multi-dog playgroups in our fenced play areas. *Requires Dog Handling and Playgroup Training Class.*
*Dog Playgroup Observer – Observe and report on dog behavior and personality displayed in Playgroup. Information gathered will be used for their profile on our SNAP adoption page and Kennel Cards.* Requires Dog Handling and Playgroup Training Class.*
*Dog Pawpurrazzi - Take pictures and videos of our adoptable dogs for our website and social media. *Requires Dog Handling Class.*
*Dog Paw Spa – Bathe dogs to improve their comfort and adoptability. *Requires Dog Handling and Paw Spa Training Class.*
*Special Events Expert - Assist in various positions at on-site and off-site events (roles depend on the event). Set up and tear down/cleanup is always needed and appreciated. *If working with Dogs at Events, you must attend the Dog Handling Class.*
*Vet Clinic Assistant - Assist our vet staff with surgery preparation and recovery, sterilizing instruments, administrative duties, and more. ***We are not currently accepting new vet clinic assistant volunteers at this time.
Indicate when you are available to volunteer.
If you have any medical or health issues that may interfere with your volunteering here, please explain so that we can do our best to accommodate you. If there are none, write NONE.
Email is our primary mode of communication. We send volunteers information on upcoming events & celebrations, reminders, and important updates.
Working in an open admission animal shelter where we may accept any animal in need can be emotional. For animals that are suffering from disease, injury or other infirmities, pose a safety threat or for which a caring home cannot be found, euthanasia is the most humane alternative.