What is the minimum age to volunteer? Volunteers ages 16 and 17 can join the team as “Junior Volunteers” and require the signed consent of a parent or guardian to begin. Adults ages 18 and older are always welcome.
What are the hours available for volunteering? Once orientation and training have been completed, new volunteers can sign up for shifts online via Volgistics. Shelter and volunteer hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m.
Can groups volunteer? The shelter does offer one day events for groups interested in volunteering together. These opportunities are geared toward community involvement rather than animal handling. Groups interested are encouraged to reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.
Under 16 or looking for alternative ways to accrue hours? Individuals in need of volunteer or community service hours can complete a shelter project. People ages 15 and younger can participate with a parent and signed waiver. Shelter projects include:
Adoption Awareness – Holding pre-made adoption signs in front of the shelter to drive traffic to the shelter.
- Donation Drive – Host a donation drive to gather supplies for the shelter and its pets. Hours dedicated to drive will need to be documented.
Email the Volunteer Coordinator at OCASVolunteers@ocfl.net to learn more about these shelter projects.