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Volunteer Training Program Notice

Thank you for your interest in joining our Volunteer Team. Our volunteer training program is currently full. We will begin accepting new applications in October for November orientation dates.

You can play an important role in helping dogs and cats get adopted, and in keeping them happy and healthy while they're at Pet Resource Center. As Hillsborough County’s only open-admission animal shelter and the largest in the Tampa Bay area, Pet Resource Center takes care of more than 17,000 pets a year and relies heavily on its volunteers to help care for these pets. The Volunteer Program, a certified Points of Light Service Enterprise program, invites all residents to come help make a difference in pets’ lives.

Ready to join our team?

Guidance

Our volunteers work with staff to ensure all pets are cared for, help adopters find the perfect pet match, and provide the best customer service possible.

  • Two Volunteer Programs
    • Long Term
      • Volunteers assist in PRC’s ROMP! Program, Playgroup Dog Enrichment, and serve as Adoption Ambassadors. 
    • Short Term
      • Volunteers assist in keeping enrichment toys clean, dog and cat beds laundered and kennels spot cleaned.

Long-Term Volunteer Program

Pet Resource Center needs long-term volunteers to assist in the day-to-day pet enrichment opportunities from ROMP! and Playgroup to Adoption Ambassadors and Customer Service. Pet Resource Center will assign shelter tasks to long-term volunteers based on availability and skills. 

  • Requirements:
    • You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.
    • Must be able to work independently.
    • Must be able to work in a loud environment, walking on concrete, and in all weather conditions.
    • Must commit to two volunteer shifts per assignment, per month (an average volunteer shift is two to three hours).
    • Must attend a two-hour volunteer training orientation after applying plus shelter training classes after you begin volunteering.
  • How to Apply:
    • Complete an online long-term volunteer form for the recruitment class that works with your schedule and attend one orientation session for that class.
      • September Recruitment Class applications accepted until Friday, August 23.
        • Orientation Sessions (must attend one to be eligible):
          • Tuesday, August 27 (10-noon)
          • Thursday, August 29 (5:30-7 p.m.)
      • November Recruitment Class applications accepted beginning Tuesday, October 1.
        • Orientation Sessions (must attend one to be eligible):
          • Thursday, October 31 (5:30-7 p.m.)
          • Saturday, November 2 (1-3 p.m.)
      • January Recruitment Class dates to be announced at a later date.
  • Volunteer Shelter Training Program:
    • Once you have completed orientation, you must attend additional training to continue building your animal shelter volunteer skills. Attendance to one class from each section is required to complete the volunteer shelter training program.
      • Sections include: Shelter Basics, Enrichment, Adoptions, and Volunteer Essentials.
      • Important to note: If you are going to miss one or more classes in a certain training series, please wait for the next recruitment window to open.
    • Volunteer Shelter Training Program calendar

Short-Term Volunteer Program

Looking for short term volunteer opportunities, such as Bright Futures Scholarship hours? Pet Resource Center needs help keeping enrichment toys clean, dog and cat beds laundered, and kennels spots cleaned plus so much more! Pet Resource Center will assign shelter tasks to short-term volunteers based on availability and skills.

  • Requirements:
    • You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.
    • Must be able to work independently.
    • Must be able to work in a loud environment, walking on concrete, and in all weather conditions.
    • Must attend a two-hour volunteer training orientation after applying.
  • How to Apply:
    • Complete an online short-term volunteer form with your availability.
    • Sign up for the two-hour volunteer training orientation once the calendar is sent to you from a volunteer coordinator.

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