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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 tasks to event and outreach support, volunteers are needed in every part of the work we do. Our volunteers help make the world a more humane place for animals.

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 steps below to begin your life-changing journey towards becoming a Humane Society of Greater Miami Volunteer.

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.

Please note: There will be NO orientation on December 1, 2018.

  1. Attend a Volunteer Orientation. Orientations are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month at our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center, located at 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160. Orientation begins at 12:00PM and lasts approximately 1 hour – 1.5 hours long. Seats are limited to 60 per orientation, so it is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to secure your spot. Prospective volunteers ages 16-17 years old must come accompanied by one parent/guardian.
  2. Fill out and submit Volunteer Application, Agreement and Release Form at the end of the orientation. 
  3. Schedule your Volunteer Tour and Training session. A schedule of possible training days and times will be available at the orientation.  Prospective volunteers will put their name and email on the schedule for the day/time of their choosing.

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!

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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Each volunteer will begin at the “Essential Level,” where he or she can assist with essential shelter needs such as cat socialization, pet enrichment support, and other daily duties. As they accumulate the required hours, volunteers will advance through the tier system(Levels 1-4), with each level offering more duties and activities in which they make take part. Further information on tiers will be provided at the Volunteer Tour and Training Session.

  • Enrichment assistance
  • Laundry support
  • Grooming support
  • Assistance with the cleaning of cat areas
  • Bathing shelter pets
  • Kennel support
  • Photography
  • Data entry
  • Filing and labeling
  • Faxing and scanning documents
  • Assisting with the updating of pet profiles
  • Specialized assistant duties
  • Other duties as needed
  • Greeting and directing clients
  • Assisting with boutique sales and needs
  • Matchmaking assistance; providing accurate information regarding specific animals to potential adopters
  • Providing clients with information about our programs, services and/or pricing
  • Assisting with meet and greets
  • Assisting with adoption process and paperwork
  • Property search support
  • Other duties as needed
  • Walking dogs
  • Participating in dog walking and behavioral training
  • Playing and socializing cats and kittens
  • Taking dogs out for supervised playtime
  • Communicating any behavioral or physical observations to staff members and/or on health log
  • Spending time with and giving individual attention to each animal
  • Assisting with feeding cats
  • Helping with spot checking the cats’ rooms and cages
  • Other duties as needed
  • Cleaning cages
  • Preparing e-collars
  • Helping keep surgical and front desk area tidy
  • Assisting with animal pick up after surgery
  • Other duties as needed
  • Handling and providing information about animals onsite that are available for adoption
  • Matchmaking- adoptions
  • Helping to set up and run booths, registration, selling tickets and/or merchandise
  • Providing clients with information about our programs, services and/or pricing
  • Making sure animals are comfortable during events, providing water and potty breaks
  • Other duties as needed

 

DAILY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Dog Handling Training

Dog handling training will be held every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am.

This training is mandatory for every volunteer who would like to interact hands-on with the shelter dogs.

Kennel

Dog Walker Everyday: 7am-11am and 4pm-6pm
Cat Socialization Everyday: 9am-6pm or 11am-4pm
Dog Socialization Everday: 11am-6pm or 11am-4pm
Light Duty Helper Everyday: 8am-6pm or 11am-4pm

 

Grooming

Dog Bather Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-1pm, 9am-3pm, 12pm-6pm or 2pm-6pm

 

Customer Service

Adoption Assistant Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm-6pm or 12-4pm
Greeter Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm-6pm or 12-4pm
Boutique Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm-6pm or 12-4pm
Admin. Assistant Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm-6pm or 12-4pm

 

Clinic

Greeter Tuesday through Saturday: 8am -12pm
Light Duty Helper Tuesday through Saturday: 2pm-6pm
Clinic Assistant Tuesday: 1pm-5pm; Thursdays: All day; Fridays: 1pm-5pm; Saturdays: All-day
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