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Volunteer Program

Orange County Animal Services is always welcoming new team members to its booming volunteer program! The program is best suited to individuals who enjoy interacting with both people and pets.

Volunteers are key in uniting homeless shelter pets with loving families, which is both exciting and rewarding.

There is a volunteer role for every person as there is always life-saving work to be accomplished. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Showing available dogs and cats to prospective adopters
  • Photographing shelter pets
  • Greeting visitors in the front lobby
  • Bathing shelter pets
  • Assisting clinic and kennel staff
  • Attending events to represent the shelter

Due to the need for well-trained and motivated volunteers, Animal Services requires interested people make a commitment to volunteer at least once monthly.

Community Service

Students pursuing community service hours are required to commit to a minimum of six hours per month for at least three months.

Court ordered community service is available. This is a separate program and not considered volunteering. Interested individuals must show documentation prior to registering. Walk-ins are not accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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Volun-Cheer

We are featuring Pawsitive Shelter Photography, a volunteer group which has been serving OCAS since 2011. Twice per week, Pawsitive visits the shelter, offering up their services free of charge. They photograph adoptable animals, perusing adorable props like boas and signage to entice potential adopters. They are well aware of the far-reaching effects of a good photo on social media, and they have remained steadfast in their passion to keep shelter pets’ pics up to date. They’re an amazing and dedicated group of people, and as such, are our first volunteer spotlight!

About Us

Orange County Animal Services is a progressive animal-welfare focused organization that enforces the Orange County Code to protect both citizens and animals. We provide service throughout Orange County, including all municipalities.

Contact
Orange County Animal Services
Pet Rescue & Adoption Center
2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839
(407) 836-3111