Volunteer Opportunities Outside the Shelter

Foster Care – 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 placed up for adoption. At that time the pets are brought back for placement.
  • Please note that this volunteer position involves a great amount of time and an emotional commitment. These tiny babies may require care around the clock. 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. All Foster Care Volunteers must attend orientation. For more information, please call 305-749-1807.
Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Foster Care Volunteer Manuals (download Acrobat Reader here if needed):

Puppy Care Manual  Kitten Care Manual

Humane Education

  • Assist the Humane Educator by visiting schools and adult organizations and presenting various programs.
  • Assist with training new Humane Education Volunteers.
  • Assist with education presentations and tours at the shelters.
  • Humane Education volunteers must attend a separate orientation. Please call 305-749-1820.


  • 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.

Please go to our Events page to see more details about upcoming events!

Pet Therapy

  • The Pet Therapy Program brings the uniquely healing human/animal bond to residents and patients of healthcare facilities, rehabilitation centers, children’s hospitals and senior citizen homes throughout Miami. The success of this program is attributed to dedicated volunteers who donate their time to visiting with the residents of care facilities, hoping to bring a smile to someone’s face with the help of something that we all cherish–the companionship of animals.To qualify for the Pet Therapy program you must be a Humane Society of Greater Miami volunteer. You also must be able to use your own pet or a friend’s or family member’s pet whom you feel comfortable handling. Your animal(s) must be certified through the Canine Good Citizen Test which will be scheduled at your convenience through the Canine Education Department at Petco. Please note that an additional orientation session is required for the program. For more information, please call 305-749-1820.

Special 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.
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