Volunteer

LEND A HAND TO HELP A PAW – VOLUNTEER!

 

Our Volunteer Program is currently under construction. Please note there will be NO Volunteer Orientations for the month of June. For any inquiries about the program, please email [email protected].

Please note: If you are currently a volunteer, you may continue to volunteer at our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center or for outreach events.

 

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As a private, not-for-profit, charitable animal welfare organization, we rely on the community to help us fulfill our mission of finding a loving home for all the dogs and cats in our care and promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs.From in-shelter support, to at-home foster care, volunteers are needed in every part of the work we do. Our volunteers help make the world a more humane place for animals.

You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer. We also allow school and court mandated community service hours excluding the following charges: violence of any kind, DUI, drug, theft, and felonies.

 

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer! You are one step closer to joining our team of heroes and helping countless tails wag and many kitties purr! Follow the below steps to begin your life-changing journey towards becoming a Humane Society of Greater Miami Volunteer.

  1. Fill out a Volunteer Application.
  2. Submit your application by email to [email protected] or in person at our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center located at 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160.
  3. Once you have submitted your application, our Volunteer Supervisor will contact you by phone to complete a phone interview to learn more about your interests and schedule.
  4. Attend an invite-only Volunteer Orientation*. You will receive notice once you have completed your phone screening about the date and time of the orientation.
  5. Schedule tour and training based on volunteer schedule.
  6. Once you have completed the necessary training and have received your volunteer schedule, you are ready to begin saving lives as an official Humane Society of Greater Miami Volunteer!

*Prospective volunteers ages 16-17 years old that need to fulfill their school community service hours will be required to bring one parent/guardian to attend a general orientation with them. Parent/guardian attendance is mandatory for students to be allowed into the volunteer program. The aim is for parents/guardians to be fully aware of what will be expected from the underage volunteer as well as schedule needs, safety measures and rules while in the shelter.

For questions about the program and requirements, please call 305-749-1843 or email [email protected]

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE SHELTER

 

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  • Assist staff with general administrative and office work.
  • Assist with filing animal and adoption records.
  • Assist at the front desk answering phones, greeting guests, inventory.
  • Assist with preparation for special events (stuffing envelopes, mailing lists, etc.).
  • Assist Adoptions Supervisor with follow-up phone calls concerning adopted pets.
  • Assist staff with potential adopters (assist customers with finding their ideal pet, process adoption applications, help to ensure the pet will be going to a good, permanent home).
  • Assist staff with adoption follow up calls, checking to see how the new pet is settling into the new home. Provide information on pet training and answer any questions new pet parent may have.
  • Greet customers at the boutique
  • Assist with the writing of pet biographies by providing information about the cats and dogs that are available for adoption.
  • Assist with the socialization of the dogs and cats at the shelter.
  • Dog Walking – Each dog in the kennel should be taken for a walk daily. Volunteers will help dogs practice loose-lead walking and the commands “wait” and “sit.”
  • Take the doggies outside to enjoy fun and interactive games.
  • Help exercise the dogs with running activities.
  • Help the dogs improve their social skills by guiding them as they interact with other dogs.
  • Restrain animals while vet tech staff medicates and/or does physical exams.
  • Help vet tech staff get weight and temperature of pets.
  • Assist with documenting information in animal files.
  • Bring animals back and forth from kennel room to vet tech room.
  • Assist clinic staff with monitoring animals post surgery
  • Sterilize and assemble surgical instruments
  • Clean cages
  • Assist laundry staff in keeping laundry room neat and organized, loading washing machines and dryers and folding.
  • Wash and dry food and water bowls in both the cat and dog kitchens.
  • Assist with other light duties around the shelter.
  • Groom (bathe and dry) shelter dogs to keep them in good health and appearance.
  • Assist staff with the process and coordination of Outreach Events at places like Aventura Mall, PetSmart, etc. to increase the public’s awareness of our programs, services and mission.
  • Assist staff with promotion of events.
  • Assist with setup for events.
  • Assist with merchandise transactions during events.
  • Assist staff with the process and coordination of events.
  • Assist staff with promotion of events.
  • Assist with the handling of the animals during events.
  • Assist with setup and preparation for the event, including stuffing envelopes, creating gift packages, et cetera.
  • Assist with merchandise transactions during events.
Care for special needs animals in your home temporarily until they are ready to return to the shelter and made available for adoption.

  • Assist staff by taking home orphaned puppies or kittens and caring for them until they are old enough to be made available for adoption, at which point pets are brought back to the shelter.
  • Please note that this volunteer position involves a great amount of time and an emotional commitment. These tiny babies may require around the clock care. Children should not handle these fragile pets. Potential Foster Care Volunteers must provide proof that their own pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and must be spayed or neutered. For more information, please call 305-749-1818.

 

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