Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteers contributed over 70,000 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 and assisting in special events and offsite adoptions.

How to become a Volunteer

  • Complete either the Orlando or Sanford Volunteer Application
  • Attend 2 hour orientation in a classroom setting
  • Participate in a hands-on training with a lead volunteer
  • You must be at least 16 yrs old & able to work independently. If under 16, see our Youth Volunteer Opportunities
  • Commit to 6 hours a month for at least 6 months

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

  • Our Generations Program allows students 13-15 years old to volunteer as a team with their parent or legal guardian.
  • Both the student and the parent/legal guardian should submit a Volunteer Application and attend training together
  • 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 or create a 'Do It Yourself' fundraising campaign!

Corporate and Group Volunteer Opportunities

Does your organization want to give back to shelter pets in the Central Florida community? Pet Alliance offers two different volunteer opportunities for groups: Team Building or Project Pet.

Team Building: 2 hour volunteer opportunity for groups of 20 or less. 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. We do request a minimum donation of $250 to participate in our Team Building volunteer opportunity.

Project Pet: Volunteer groups choose a project from our Project Wish List and donate the supplies and time to complete the project. Of course, there will be some dog and cat play time at the end as well! This opportunity is more flexible in length of time volunteered and amount of participants, as project needs may differ. Click here to see our Project Wish List.

Volunteer Opportunities

Bark Buddy

Bark Buddy

Dogs in the shelter need friends to talk with and to take them to the Exercise Yard for a good game of "toss-the- ball-over- and-over-again." In addition, some dogs need help with their manners, and volunteers may help teach them basic commands. Aside from exercising, Bark Buddies perform a vital customer service role as they assist potential adopters. The work can be very hot, dirty, and physical, but it is very rewarding when you see a dog go to their forever home!

Kitty Cuddler

Kitty Cuddler

Who says cats are independent? Not us! Cats and kittens need lots of attention to help them adjust to temporarily living in a shelter. When volunteers hold them, pet them, play with them and talk with them, it helps the cats put their best "paw" forward, and it helps potential adopters see their individual purr-sonalities. As a Kitty Cuddler, you will assist with keeping the cats social, spot clean cages, and helping potential adopters.

Kennel Coach

Kennel Coach

Crazy dogs and cats have a hard time getting adopted. Help calm the “kennel crazies” by becoming a kennel coach. Volunteers will help enrich our temporary residents’ stay here by training them, helping distribute enrichment and work on behavior. You must first be a Bark Buddy or Kitty Cuddler for 3 months to be a kennel coach.

Community Educator

Community Educator

Teaching children and adults about responsible pet care and our agency is an important step to bettering our community. Community Educators are individuals who thrive on the challenge of engaging the interest of people of all ages. The educational experiences take place during tours and programs at the shelters, including our children’s camps, as well as directly in classrooms and other outside venues. Depending on the specific environment, some Community Educators work independently and others work alongside one of our staff members. For safety reasons, Community Educators must pay ($18) for and successfully pass a criminal background check.

Swim Dogs

Swim Dogs

Shelter dogs get to splash and swim at Rocky’s Retreat indoor pool, designed specifically for dogs! Assist in handling the dogs before and after their swim.

Jog-A-Dog

Jog-A-Dog

Get your workout in and exercise our shelter dogs by coming before we open to the public to run (or walk) designated dogs on a predetermined path. The dogs benefit greatly from the exercise and it gets them out beyond our kennel walls.

Photo Pack

Photo Pack

Photo Pack volunteers will assist in taking photos of our shelter pets so that they can be featured on our website and social media. This is will also require quick turnaround of the photos to ensure we have accurate and updated information available on our website.

Foster Parent

Foster Parent

Even with wonderful shelters at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, some pets have special needs that are best met by being cared for in homes of Foster Parent volunteers. Young animals, animals recovering from illness or surgery, and animals of families in crisis are just some of the pets who thrive in the homes of Foster Parents. Foster Parents’ animals at home must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. In order to become a Foster Parent, you must have an area in your home to separate foster pets from your personal pets. Foster Parents must also be willing to transport foster pets to the shelter for any medical treatment.

Loaned Jogger

Loaned Jogger

Help support this great program by assisting with the dogs as they are “loaned” for an early morning jog or walk.

Cat Condo Care

Cat Condo Care

We house some of our cats at PetSmart’s, allowing us to expand our reach and to explore additional opportunities for placement of our shelter pets in forever homes. We need volunteers to help clean these cat condos in the mornings and socialize them during the day! Just like the cats in our shelter, these furry friends need lots of attention to help them adjust to temporarily living in a shelter.

Pet Therapy Team

Pet Therapy Team

As a Pet Therapy Team, you and your own family pet will bring joy, education, companionship, and stimulation to people in need. Pet Therapy Teams routinely visit senior citizens, children, and adults in facilities that have contracts with our organization. Teams--especially those with rescued dogs and cats--will also assist in community education programs and events. Volunteers must pay for and successfully pass a criminal background check and must obtain liability insurance through Pet Alliance or a national group such as Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Pet Partners formerly Delta Society, or Love on a Leash. For safety reasons, pets must be at least 18 months old, spayed or neutered, and up to date on their vaccinations. Each team is required to make a minimum of two visits per month.

Greeter

Greeter

Greeters will be stationed in the lobby where they can greet visitors and potential adopters, answering their questions, pointing them to the dog and cat areas and getting them started on adoption applications. Being a Greeter requires background knowledge of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, including our programs and services, and the ability to communicate effectively with our customers. Greeters are the first face potential adopters and visitors see so it is essential to provide good customer service.

Outreach/Offsite Adoptions

Outreach/Offsite Adoptions

Offsite adoptions allow us to expand our reach and to explore additional opportunities for placement of our shelter pets in forever homes! If you are comfortable interacting with potential adopters and willing to showcase our shelter animals at our offsite partners' locations this is the opportunity for you!

Hospital Helper

Hospital Helper

Our vet clinics are some of the busiest in our community and a great place for being involved in the animal health care profession. Hospital Helpers work alongside our skilled veterinary technicians as they support Pet Alliance staff vets. Depending on the skills and interest of the volunteers, Hospital Helpers do what needs to be done – from the simple (filing, cleaning cages, doing laundry, helping to move animals) to the more complex (wrapping and autoclaving surgical packs, helping to monitor pets in recovery). Hospital Helpers need to be OK with the sights, sounds and scents of a vet clinic. Hospital Helpers must first be a Bark Buddy or Kitty Cuddler for 3 months.

Crafty Critters

Crafty Critters

Here’s a flexible, mostly-at-home, volunteer opportunity for creative people. Do you like to sew, knit, crochet, or do other types of crafts? The pets need volunteers who can sew hiding curtains for cat cages, knit or crochet small comfy mats to cuddle up on in their cages, or make homemade toys for the dogs and cats to play with. We will provide patterns/instructions, but ask that you provide your own materials and deliver your finished products to one of our two shelters.

Event/Committee

Event/Committee

Pet Alliance hosts several fundraising and awareness events throughout the year. Do you enjoy planning? Do you have special skills that could be utilized in an event setting? We're looking for you! Whether you'd like to sit on a planning committee or help out on the day of the event, we're always looking for help. Our events are how we raise revenue and awareness to continue our valuable programs throughout the year.
Both locations will be closed on Thanksgiving day. Adoptions will open early from 10-6 on Friday!