Volunteers contributed over 89,000 hours of service last year; in addition to exercising, socializing and providing enrichment activities for our dogs and cats, our volunteers help support our animals by fostering underage puppies and kittens in their homes, assisting in special events, educate the community, deliver pet food, help in the clinic, and assist with offsite adoptions.

Sign-up to volunteer at one of our shelter locations!

Space is limited per class. Please check back with us if the dates in the application are blank or do not match your availability.

How to Become a Volunteer

  • View the Volunteer Positions below.
  • Sign up for a training at one of our two shelters.
  • Commit to 6 hours a month for at least 6 months.
  • Pay $25 for the volunteer t-shirt, nametag, and insurance.
  • Most volunteer opportunities require additional hands-on training or shadowing.
  • The training required for each position is detailed in the position descriptions below (please do not request access to the position descriptions, you can view them just by clicking on them).
  • For the Sanford Shelter: You must be at least 16 years old & able to work independently. 
  • For the Orlando Shelter: You must be at least 18 years old & able to work independently. If you are at least 16 years old and currently a high school student, please scroll down for information about our Student Volunteer Program.
  • If under 16, scroll down to see our Youth Volunteer Opportunities. 

Volunteer Positions

Bark Buddy

Daily enrichment, socialization, exercise and care of the shelter dogs
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Kitty Cuddler

Daily enrichment, socialization, exercise and care of the shelter cats
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Foster Parent

Provides a temporary home to potentially adoptable animal(s) including those that are underage, underweight, injured, sick or in need of socialization.
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Enrichment volunteers will play a vital role in improving the lives of our shelter pets.
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Clinic Volunteer

Clinic Wellness/Surgery Assistants serves to support the veterinary technicians with wellness appointments and in the surgery suite.
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Community Engagement

Lead Tours, Group Volunteer Programs and Table Top Outreach Events.
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Community Cats

Assist with Community Cat Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) efforts to help reduce cat over populations in Central Flroida.
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AniMeals on Wheels

Monthly a volunteer will deliver a predetermined amount of pet food to senior citizen’s in need.
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Hound Around Town

Dogs are available to be checked out for small excursions. On hold till further notice.
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Youth Volunteer Opportunities

  • Students 13-15 years old can volunteer with the Cat Condo Care team and MUST be with their parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Both the student and parent/guardian must attend training and volunteer for every shift together.
  • Parents must also have a login, and pay the $25 fee for the t-shirt and insurance when volunteering with their 13 – 15 year old.
  • Students under the age of 13 or those under 18 who are unable to commit to our requirements can complete a donation drive in exchange for community service. 
  • *For Eagle Scout or Girl Scout projects, please select a project from this list. Once you have selected your project please contact [email protected] to coordinate with the volunteer manager.


Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is certified by Points of Light
Achieving Service Enterprise certification is a very prestigious accomplishment for an organization. In fact, organizations that certify join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. Certification signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization.