Volunteers contributed over 45,000 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
- Fill out and submit the Volunteer Application and select a training date at the top of the application
- Attend selected training date at chosen shelter (Orlando or Sanford). Please decide which location is convenient for you before signing up, as you will need to volunteer at the location in which you attend your training.
- Print, read and sign the Essential Capabilities and Waiver. Bring these with you to your training.
- You must be at least 16 years old and able to work independently
- Commit to 6 hours a month for at least 6 months
During your selected training, we will cover the following topics:
- Overview of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
- Animal behavior and body language
- Safety in the shelter
- How to sign up to volunteer
- Bark Buddies and Kitty Cuddlers will sign up for Interactive Training
You will need to bring $20 to the Volunteer Training for your Volunteer T-shirt, nametag and insurance.
Corporate and group volunteer opportunities
We offer volunteer opportunities for groups for purposes such as “give back days”, team building, and for the general experience of volunteering with animals. We provide a quick orientation and tour, followed by completing the volunteer opportunity.
To provide your group with the best experience possible, this opportunity is limited to 20 people per group and requires advanced scheduling. To schedule, please email us with the details of your group including the dates and times you would like to volunteer. Please provide dates at least one month out so we are better able to accommodate your group.
Pet Alliance benefits greatly from donations made by the community. We encourage groups to host a donation drive, collecting items from our wish list or a ‘Do It Yourself’ fundraising campaign in place or in addition to volunteer service at the shelter.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
- Students 13 – 15 yrs old are eligible to volunteer alongside a parent or legal guardian as part of our Generations program. The parent/legal guardian and student will work as a team when volunteering, and the adult will be responsible for handling all animals. The student cannot be left alone with any animal at any point in time.
- Both the parent/legal guardian and student should submit a Volunteer Application, select training at the top of the application and attend training together.
- Both the parent/legal guardian and student must print, read and sign the Essential Capabilities and Waiver. Bring these with you to your training.
- Students under the age of 13 needing less than 20 hours of community service, or those under 18 who are unable to commit to our requirements, are eligible to participate in our donation drives in exchange for community service or create a ‘Do It Yourself’ fundraising campaign!