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  below at one of our two shelters.
  • 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).
  • You must be at least 16 years old & able to work independently. If under 16, see our Youth Volunteer Opportunities to the right.
  • Commit to 6 hours a month for at least 6 months.
  • Pay $25 for the volunteer t-shirt, nametag, and insurance.

Volunteer Positions

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the Volunteer Positions below. Please note that if you are looking to foster ONLY, then you will click here to sign up for a foster open house. 

Anyone 13-15 that wants hands-on volunteer experience MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT AT EVERY VOLUNTEER SHIFT and are limited in positions. Those under the age of 13 can only do a donation drives.

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 as a Cat Condo Care team, Paw Pals, or Hound Around Town team and MUST be with their parent or legal guardian at all times (only those 18 and up can hold the leash of a dog during Hound Around Town & are responsible for checking the dog in and out).
  • Both the student and parent/guardian must sign up for an Open House, 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.

Corporate and Group Volunteer Opportunities

Does your organization want to give back to shelter pets in the Central Florida community? Pet Alliance offers 2 hour volunteer opportunities for adults in a group of 15 or less. 

With our Corporate and Group Volunteer Opportunity, your group will learn about Pet Alliance, take a tour of our facility, assist in an operational need and then have hands on time with our shelter pets. Volunteer Groups are hosted weekdays 10am-12pm. We do require a minimum donation of $250 to book a Group Volunteer Opportunity.

*Please note, our Orlando location cannot host Groups in June or July because of Summer Camp. We can only host Groups at our Sanford location during this time. 

*For school groups 12 years old and under we can send a therapy dog visit to your school and do an educational presentation.  If your school does not approve, children are also able to visit onsite and read to our cats in the cat room, or  look into attending our summer camp.  To request more information email [email protected]

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.