Local Programs to Benefit Animals

Humane Society of Broward County

The Humane Society of Broward County provides shelter, aid and responsible adoptions to animals entrusted to their care, and educates the community about respect and kindness to all animals.

Teen Volunteer Program
The Humane Society of Broward County offers teenagers who are 14 years and older a structured volunteer program. Teen volunteers are invited to help care for the animals for a period of 3 months for a weekly three-hour shift. They can earn up to 36 hours of school community service hours. At the end of three months, volunteers are removed from the program to allow for another group to have the same experience. Please call Volunteer Services Department at 954.266.6814 to include your teen’s information.

Teen Club
The Teen Club meets twice a month either after school or on a weekend morning or afternoon to discuss animal welfare issues and ways to promote the Humane Society of Broward County. Attendance to meetings is extended to teenagers 14 years old or older on an ongoing basis. Teens will receive invitations to monthly meetings and are expected to contact us as to whether they will attend the event or not. For more information, please contact the Education Department at 954-266-6822

Animal Assisted Therapy
Volunteers can share their special pet’s companionship when together they visit residential care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, schools and/or other special places. HSBC must certify pet before being accepted into the program. Shift: Flexible

Animal Care
Volunteers are needed to assist the staff in maintaining the general welfare (feeding and cleaning) of the animals. Volunteers are trained on how to keep animals’ cages clean and sanitized to promote a healthy environment. Shift: Everyday, anytime between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, minimum of 3 hours per shift required.

Volunteers wash dogs (not groom) prior to surgery and as needed. Bathing dogs in a gentle manner also helps it to remain calm and socialized. Shift: Everyday, anytime between 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, minimum of 2 hours per shift required.

Behavior Helpline Call-back Volunteer
Volunteers provide help and education to the public calling with questions regarding their pet’s problematic behavior(s) so that the pet will remain in the home. Shift: Everyday; shifts vary and calls are made from home.

Volunteers are trained to clean instruments and how to put surgical packs together. Volunteers also help with retrieving and returning animals from and to their cages. Shift: Everyday, anytime between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, minimum of 4 hours per shift required.

Customer Service/Adoptions
Volunteers assist Adoption Counselors with different aspects of the adoption process. Some of these duties include greeting and directing patrons, answering telephones and educating patrons about responsible pet ownership. Shift: Everyday, anytime, between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; minimum of 4 hours per shift required.

Dog Walking
Qualified volunteers provide exercise and mental stimulation for the dogs. Dog Walking Volunteers walk dogs on a pre-determined route on shelter grounds. Personal experience with different dog breeds is required. Shift: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 11:00 AM – 4:00PM.

Education Assistant
Volunteers are needed to teach children and adults about the responsibilities of caring for a pet. Topics covered are pet safety, pet overpopulation, adopting from a shelter and making a lifetime commitment to your pet. Shift: As needed.

Education Dog
Volunteers bring their dog to assigned school locations on designated dates and times for children to interact with. Instructing children on proper pet care is also done during these visits. Shift: School session times.

Education/Event Staff
Humane Society of Broward County volunteers sometimes assist with in-shelter and community events, effectively representing the shelter in a positive and informed manner. Shift: As needed.

Foster Care
Volunteers provide temporary care for puppies and kittens, cats and dogs, who are not yet ready to be put up for adoption due to being too young or ill. An initial supply of pet food and other necessary items are provided by the Humane Society of Broward County. Shift: Not applicable.

Volunteers help direct patrons and answer their basic questions. Greeters must have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy interacting with the general public in a non-judgmental and professional manner. Shift: Everyday; 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM and 2:30 PM – closing.

Guide (Kennels or Cattery)
Volunteers provide measured guidance and basic information to patrons in the kennel and cattery areas regarding adoption process and information on different breeds. Shift: Everyday, anytime between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, minimum of 4 hours per shift required.

Pet Boutique
Volunteers provide helpful and courteous sales assistance to patrons and assist with the inventory needs of the Pet Boutique. Volunteers also assist patrons with basic general questions. Shift: Everyday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 3:00 PM – closing.

Contact Information: HumaneBroward.com; Phone: 954-989-3977; 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312


Share-A-Pet strives to bring happiness and improve the lives of individuals confined to hospitals, nursing homes and children’s centers by providing certified and insured pet-assisted therapy.
Contact Information: ShareAPet.org; Phone/Fax: 954-630-8763; info@shareapet.org

Newsletter Team
Have your finger on the pulse of the organization. Positions available: Creative Writers, Investigative Reporters, Compilers, Editors and Copywriters. Help Share-A-Pet touch more lives.

Fundraising Committee
Are you interested in helping Share-A-Pet bring the healing power of animals to those in need? Do you enjoy connecting with leaders, individuals and businesses in the community? Do you possess strong leadership and organizational skills? If so, contact Share-A-Pet about joining their fundraising committee. This is a fun way to get more involved in the organization.

Events Team
Share-A-Pet needs volunteers to man booths at events, many are dedicated to our beloved 4-legged canine companions. There are also monthly Yappy Hours where volunteers are needed to help with check-ins.

Orientation Team
Come out to one of Share-A-Pet’s orientations and meet the newest volunteers. This is a great opportunity for you to share your special stories and inspire the new teams.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ranch

Florida Research Institute for Equine Nuturing Development & Safety. FRIENDS takes in abandoned, abused and unwanted horses. The ranch offers therapeutic equestrian activities for children with disabilities or behavioral issues and programs for young people who would like to volunteer or simply want to work with horses.
Project or Activity: Families or individuals can sponsor a horse through the “Sponsor-A-Horse” Program which allows individuals or families who would not be able to afford the high cost of owning or boarding a horse to have the opportunity to have a horse. Individuals can also fundraise for this organization by selling their gourmet lollipops.
Contact Information: EIAHorses.org; info@EIAHorses.org; 954-492-0168

Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, Inc.

Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida is an equine-assisted activity that is a beneficial form of therapy for people with special needs. Their mission is to provide therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities for the handicapped so that they may improve physically, mentally and emotionally.
Project or Activity: Volunteers are needed in barn maintenance and with horse care including grooming, office assistance, fundraising, donations of office products and wish list items for the horses.
Contact Information: HHSFL.org; 954-984-2007

The “Mitzvah Mutts” Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project Program

The “Mitzvah Mutts” Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project Program is an opportunity for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah student to fulfill their project requirements by volunteering their time, energy, and creativity to learn about and help homeless animals. After completion of the activity booklet, the student will be able to volunteer one hour per week for a minimum of three months before their Bar/Bat Mitzvah date. Activities include but are not limited to: Pet toy drives, attending animal behavior seminars, educational activities and interaction with the shelter pets.
Contact Information: Darlene at 954-266-6848; dfeldman@hsbroward.com