Volunteer Opportunities

Kindhearted? Love animals? Looking to make a positive impact in the community? Then this is the place for you! We rely on our devoted volunteers to care for the thousands of animals that come through our doors each year. Please browse the volunteer opportunities below for our Adult Program, Court-Ordered Community Service Program and Junior Volunteer Program. Not all of these opportunities are currently available. Please click on the Apply Now button to be taken to the application to see what opportunities we are currently accepting applications for.

Once you have applied online, you will receive a call to get set up for a volunteer interview with a department manager. After your training is complete, a $10 volunteer program fee will be collected to cover your volunteer t-shirt, name tag and kennel key.

If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Department at 727-586-3591, ext. 127.

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Volunteer Position(s)

Foster Parent

Foster parents welcome SPCA animals (dogs, cats or rabbits) into their homes and provide a nurturing and comfortable environment for the animal to mature, heal or socialize. All foster parents must be Pinellas County residents and have transportation to pick up and drop off foster animals. Animals in your home must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines (veterinary records must be made available). SPCA Tampa Bay asks that foster parents provide the basic essentials for foster animals, i.e. food, litter, toys, etc. All veterinary care and necessary medications will be provided by SPCA Tampa Bay.

Required Training: Foster orientation/tour (2 hours), reading of all materials provided regarding kitten and puppy care. Must be a Pinellas County resident.

Time Commitment: Most foster experiences are at least two weeks long, some can be upwards of 3-4 months.

Upcoming Events: Foster Parent Orientations
We’ll give you everything you need to get started fostering adorable animals! We have monthly orientations held from 10:30-12:30 in the 2nd Story Conference Room of the Ike & Libby Einherst Education Building at our Largo Campus at 9099 130th Ave N. Email Foster@SPCATampaBay.org for more info.

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All SPCA Tampa Bay Volunteer Positions

Behavior Enrichment Assistant

Behavior enrichment assistants provide obedience training and environmental enrichment to our dogs during their stay in the shelter. They also follow prescribed, specialized modification programs for specific dogs needing more training before moving to our adoption floor. Behavior enrichment assistants complete extensive training with the behavior assessment and rehabilitation manager with emphasis placed on science-based animal behavior techniques and positive reinforcement training. We use the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program for our cats, and additional training is offered for volunteers wishing to perform these assessments.

Expectations: Updates the behavior assessment and rehabilitation manager on the status of each animal including progress made. The ability to work well with all SPCA staff and other volunteers.

Required Training: Initial phone interview with behavior manager, Completion of basic volunteer orientation. Completion of up to a maximum of three sessions with volunteer mentor. Read “Successful Dog Adoption”, “How to Speak Dog”, and watch “The Language of Dogs Video”.

New volunteers are expected to have a minimum of one year of prior experience in dog training. They must be familiar with how to teach basic obedience cues using positive reinforcement methods.

Time Commitment: A minimum three-hour commitment per week for at least six months.

Feline Adoption Counselor

Volunteer feline adoption counselors greet and interact with customers at the shelter and help make matches that are well suited for both animal and adopter. It is important that the counselor stay informed of current rules and procedures as well as current adoption specials, so that accurate information can be conveyed to the public. The counselor shows cats to prospective adopters, so it is very important that the counselor is comfortable handling a cat within the cage according to the shelter’s safety rules.

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), adoption office session (2 hours), feline safety & handling session (3 hours), completion of Adoption Counselor Workbook (4 series)

Time Commitment: Three-hour commitment per week, six-month commitment, attendance of volunteer meetings

Pet Bank Volunteer

Pet Bank volunteers place and monitor pet banks in local businesses. Periodically, the volunteer exchanges a full bank with an empty bank and returns the collected bank to the shelter. This is a great opportunity for those who cannot commit to a weekly schedule but still want to help!

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), pet bank overview (1 hour)

Time Commitment: Monthly pick-up/drop-off of banks, six-month commitment

Pet Photographers

Volunteer photographers take photos each week and prepare the photos for posting on the SPCA website and for “pet of the week” newspaper profiles. Our website receives a high volume of visits per day, and the photos help attract potential adopters to our campus. Volunteers must have their own digital camera and access to a computer to email photo files, etc. We’re looking for those interested in photography (hobbyists and professionals welcome).

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), photography overview session (1 hour), animal specific safety & handling session (3 hours)

Time Commitment: Six submitted photos per month, six-month commitment

Canine Adoption Counselor

Volunteer canine adoption counselors greet and interact with customers at the shelter and help make matches that are well suited for both animal and adopter. It is important that the counselor stay informed of current rules and procedures as well as current adoption specials, so that accurate information can be conveyed to the public. The counselor shows dogs to prospective adopters, so it is also very important that the counselor is comfortable retrieving, collaring and walking the dogs according to the shelter’s safety rules.

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), adoption office session (2 hours), K-9 safety & handling session (3 hours), completion of Adoption Counselor Workbook (4 series).

Time Commitment: Three-hour commitment per week, six-month commitment, attendance of volunteer meetings.

Shifts
Wednesdays 4-7pm
Thursdays 4-7pm
Fridays 4-7pm

Dog Walker

Dog walkers provide exercise and socialization of SPCA canines by weekly walking and basic training. Must be able to communicate and work well with volunteer and staff team members. Dog walkers must be comfortable retrieving, collaring and walking the dogs according to the shelter’s safety rules.

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), kennel experience (3 hours), canine safety & handling session (3 hours)

Time Commitment: Three-hour commitment per week, six-month commitment.

Pocket Pet Adoption Counselor

Volunteer small animal adoption counselors greet and interact with customers at the shelter and help make matches that are well suited for both animal and adopter. Our small animal counselors help with rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rats, etc. Our counselors attend to and interact with our visiting small animals in order to make their stay with us more pleasant. It is important that the counselor stay informed of current rules and procedures as well as current adoption specials, so that accurate information can be conveyed to the public.

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), adoption office session (2 hours), small animal safety & handling session (3 hours), completion of Adoption Counselor Workbook (4 series)

Time Commitment: Three-hour commitment per week, six-month commitment, attendance of volunteer meetings

Special Events Volunteer

Getting involved with our Special Events is a great way to make a significant contribution to the animals and also a great way to meet some fabulous people! Committee volunteers work together to ensure the success of the SPCA Tampa Bay’s Annual Signature Event: Pet Walk. Help support the SPCA Tampa Bay in a fun and rewarding way by becoming a member of a Signature Event Committee or volunteering at one of our smaller events today!

SPCA Street Team: Community Outreach

Serve as a volunteer who is dedicated to providing Street Team support for the SPCA Tampa Bay’s Community Outreach events. These events create awareness and educate the community about the services and programs that we provide and about the needs of the more than 10,000 homeless pets in the SPCA’s care each year. This is a fun group to work with and a great way to help out on a flexible schedule!

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), event overview (1 hour).

Time Commitment: One-year commitment (minimum). If you have a busy work and social life, but want to give back to the animals, this is for you! You’ll be given a schedule of upcoming events and are able choose what events work with your schedule!

Sniff University Training Assistant

Help our training manager with dog and cat training classes! Be a representative of the Sniff University by working directly with the public, providing excellent customer service, assisting with instruction in training class, and assisting with recruitment of attendees and volunteer trainers.

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), no previous experience required, only an interest in learning about pet training and behavior.

Time Commitment: Weekly commitment to total 100 volunteer hours in Sniff University for a calendar year, attendance of Sniff University Volunteer Meetings.

Tour Guide

Volunteer tour guides help guide preschool, elementary school, middle school or high school students and adults through the SPCA Tampa Bay and educate them on our mission as well as on the animals we serve. This opportunity is for those who are available to help on a weekday.

Required Training: Volunteer interview/tour (1 hour), overview session (1 hour), tour guide shadowing (3 Sessions)

Time Commitment: Must be available on a weekday to assist during school hours with tours.

Court Ordered Community Service

Thank you for considering giving back to the community at SPCA Tampa Bay. Court ordered hours may be completed at our Largo facility depending on the nature of the offense. Participants must apply for acceptance. The SPCA Tampa Bay team takes great pride in caring for the animals and keeping our facility clean and orderly. We expect the same from our community service volunteers. Punctuality is critical. People who are habitually tardy in arriving for work will be dismissed.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • First Time Offenders
  • No felony charges
  • No charges related to assault, domestic violence, theft, or controlled substances
  • Must be 18 or older
  • We do not notarize any forms (such as traffic court violations)

What is the dress code?

  • Long pants or shorts past the knee
  • Plain t-shirt with no inappropriate or derogatory comments or pictures
  • No tank tops
  • Close-toed shoes: tennis shoes, boots, or sneakers are appropriate

What volunteer jobs are available?

  • Facility cleaning (bathrooms, dusting, and cleaning carriers)
  • Grounds maintenance (pulling weeds, trimming bushes)

What times and days are available?

  • 8:30am-1pm, 7 days a week, with a short break every three hours
  • Participants must commit to working at least 5 days each month, if you miss more than one day, you will not be allowed to complete your service hours with us.
  • Assignments are limited. We will work with only four people per day. Applicants are placed as they apply, first-come, first-served.

After applying there is a phone interview. We schedule these on Mondays only. First-come, first-serve. For more information contact CommunityService@SPCATampaBay.org

Largo Shelter.

9099 130th Avenue North
Largo, Florida 33773

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Shelter Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

vet center.

3250 5th Avenue North
St. Pete, Florida 33713

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Veterinary Center Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

get in touch.

Main Phone:

727-586-3591

Main Fax:

727-499-0368

Cruelty Investigation Hotline:

727-586-3592

Animal Transport:

727-586-3592

Pet Behavior Tipline:

727-586-3593

Donations:

727-388-0450

Pet & Estate Planning Tools:

727-581-3249

Veterinary Center:

727-220-1770

stay in touch.