Please complete this application if you are interested in Volunteering to help walk dogs 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 to submit! Once your application is processed, you will receive an email from our Volunteer Team with the link to sign up for a Dog Handling training class with our Behavior and Enrichment Team!
You must be at least 18 years or older to Volunteer with the dogs at Palm Beach Animal Care and Control.
All animal-handling positions require a hands-on training class here at the shelter with our behavior team.
Sign the Waiver of Liability when you attend the Dog Handling 101 class with the behavior and enrichment team. ***Please be sure to bring your drivers license with you.
Purchase your official volunteer t-shirt ($10) on the day of your training.
The volunteer process at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control includes a background screening. We are currently expediting this process. Please be advised that you may be asked to consent to a background screening in the future which includes fingerprinting.
Do you currently or have you previously volunteered at any other animal rescue organization where you are handling large (40+ lbs.) dogs? Please respond YES or NO. If so, where?
Have you ever been criminally charged with or convicted of animal cruelty, animal neglect, domestic violence, or any violent crime? Please respond YES or NO. If so, please explain in detail.
Have you ever been investigated by an animal welfare organization for animal cruelty or neglect? Please respond YES or NO. If so, please explain in detail.
Are you in need of community service hours? Please respond YES or NO. If so, please explain in detail.
If you have any medical or health issues that may interfere with you 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.