Thank you for taking the first step in volunteering with Humane Society of Manatee County. To begin the volunteer process, please fill out and complete the application form in its entirety. Then click Continue at the bottom of the page.

Once your application is submitted, a staff member will contact you via email within 7 business days regarding current volunteer opportunities and upcoming orientation dates. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL, CHECK YOUR SPAM/JUNK MAIL!

Applicants under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to read and acknowledge the release form at the end of the application.

Questions? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator via email at or 941-747-8808 x 315.

Note: Completion of the volunteer application does not guarantee placement in a volunteer position.


Contact Information

One phone number is required.

Volunteer Postion of Interest

Please select areas that interest you.

Time Commitment

Indicate times you are regularly available to volunteer for approximately the next 3 months.
Please note: Sunday and Monday the Shelter is not open to the public. Volunteers who would like to serve on these two days need permission from the Shelter Manager prior to scheduling shift(s).

Demographic Information

Please provide the following information. This information is used to help us gain a better understanding of the demographic make-up of our volunteers. The information provided will remain confidential.

Adult Supervisor/ Vocational Counselor

If you are an Adult Supervisor or Vocational Counselor that will be volunteering with another individual, please provide the following information:

Medical History/Special Needs Information

Do you have any health or medical issues that would affect your ability to perform as a volunteer?

Community Service

If your volunteer work is for a community service project, please tell us.

Previous Volunteer Experience

Please describe any present or previous volunteer experiences.

Animal Handling Experience

Tell us about any animal handling experience you may have.

Emergency Contact

Please list one phone number.

Volunteer Release Form: Animal Shelter

This Section to be read and agreed to by adult participants 18 years of age or older.

FOR PARTICIPANTS OF MINORITY AGE: This is to certify that I, as the person listed on this application, referred to as "Adult Supervisor" am the parent, Guardian or Temporary Guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, and do consent and agree not only to his/herself release from any and all liabilities incident to his/her involvement in these programs for myself, my heirs, assigns, and next of kin.

“I hereby agree to accept a position as volunteer for the HUMANE SOCIETY OF MANATEE COUNTY (herein referred to as “HSMC”), and in so doing, I agree to comply with all of the rules and regulations which may be established from time to time by HSMC, and I understand that failure to do so may result in my immediate termination as a volunteer.

I acknowledge that my services are provided strictly on a volunteer basis, without any pay or compensation of any kind, and without liability of any nature on behalf of HSMC, all services to be performed by me are at my own risk.

I recognize that in handling animals there exists a risk of injury including physical harm caused by the animal(s). On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives and executors, I hereby release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless HSMC, its’ agents, servants and employees from any and all claims, causes of action, or demands, of any nature or cause, including costs and attorneys fees incurred in connection with the same, based on damages or injuries which may be incurred or sustained by me in any way connected with my services for HSMC, including but not limited to, animal bites, injuries, property damage or veterinary fees.

I understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering at HSMC. On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives and executors, I allow the HSMC to use any photographs taken of me for use in public relations efforts.”

By checking the box below, I confirm that I am the applicant and a person of 18 years or older


I am the “Adult Supervisor” listed on the application and am legally responsible to sign on behalf of this person of 17 years and younger.