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Sign Up to Volunteer

You can learn about pet care, make new friends that share a passion for animals, and have tons of fun, all while making a positive impact on the lives of animals.

We welcome volunteers who would like to donate their time and are interested in making a difference. Your participation and fresh ideas can help toward finding forever loving homes for all abandoned dogs and cats.

All volunteers receive training and orientation. There are many volunteer positions you may be interested in helping with.

For more information on volunteering, email the volunteer coordinator at volunteerasd@miamidade.gov.

 

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older (or 15 if volunteering with a parent or adult volunteer).
    • Successfully pass a criminal history background check
    • Be able to effectively communicate in the English language.
    • Complete and return the Volunteer Application form.
    • Attend a Volunteer Orientation.
    • Adhere to the volunteer dress code (long khaki pants, closed-toe shoes, and volunteer t-shirt that will be provided).
  • Orientation Sessions

    The two-hour volunteer orientation sessions are held at the following times:

    • Every Saturday at 10 a.m.
    • The first and third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.
  • Volunteer Positions

    Job descriptions for Volunteer Positions at Animal Services.

    Adoption Counselor
    Assist front desk personnel by bringing pets to be adopted from the kennel to the front counter.

    Adoption Runners
    Assist front desk personnel by bringing pets to be adopted from the kennel to the front counter.

    Bather
    Volunteers wash dogs, prior to surgery and as needed. Bathing dogs in a gentle manner also helps them remain calm, socialized and feel much better!

    Cat Socializer
    We have many cats for adoption that need attention.  We need volunteers that can come in between 10 am and closing to spend time with the cats so they get the love that they deserve and remain comfortable around people.

    Customer Service Greeter
    Provide education regarding animal issues (spay/neuter, local county ordinances, general pet care, behavior issues) to the public. Tour Guide volunteers are also needed.

    Education Outreach
    Provide education regarding animal issues (spay/neuter, local county ordinances, general pet care, behavior issues) to the public. Tour Guide volunteers are also needed.

    Mobile Adoptions
    Take adoption animals out into the community to meet the public, and perhaps their new family! Mobile adoption locations include pet stores, parks, etc.

    Pet Detective
    Review lost/found ads, escort citizens searching for lost pets to restricted areas of the shelter and provide information packet.

    Pet Pals
    Entertain and socialize pets to keep them happy while they await new homes. Fill out personality cards for prospective adopters to read. Put bandanas on dogs to make them look cute.

    Puppy Foster Care
    Provide temporary home care for puppies who are not yet ready for adoption due to age. For those who are willing to open up their homes and hearts, fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. It saves lives.

    Special Events
    Assist in the planning of events and securing supplies and donations.

Phone Number(s)

Mail / Email

Locations and Hours

  • Pet Adoption and Protection Center

    3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
    Monday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.