The HSN Volunteer Program’s mission is to support the staff team in completing the daily operational tasks required for the evaluation, care and successful adoption of the animals we shelter.
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We have a volunteer team of dedicated individuals who help support our staff to care for homeless pets and meet our mission, but we are always looking for new and enthusiastic people to join our current team. We offer orientations and training sessions throughout the year, so you may get involved at any time you feel ready to help.
Read the information below to find out how to get started and sign up for our next volunteer orientation. If you have further questions prior to orientation, click below to contact our Volunteer Manager, Cath Branwood.Email Cath
Where Do I Start?
The first step to becoming a volunteer at Humane Society Naples is to sign up and attend a group orientation. These orientations take place on Saturdays at 10 am, depending on your age group and last about an hour.
At the monthly orientations, you’ll meet our Volunteer Manager, get a brief overview of our history, services and current life-saving goals. You’ll also find out how the volunteer program helps us achieve our mission and get a chance to ask questions about the next steps to becoming a volunteer on our team.
Please sign up below to reserve your spot, per your age group as spaces are limited. If we are full for the current orientation, you will be notified by the Volunteer Manager and invited to attend the next one.
For more information or questions, please contact Cath Branwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-643-1555 x 19.
June 9 at 10 am – Feline Fan Club (Ages 12 to 15)Orientation Sign-up
June 16 at 10 am – Adult Volunteers (Ages 16 & Up)Orientation Sign-up
• The minimum age to volunteer is 12. Children ages 12 to 15 may volunteer in the Feline Fan Club and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Each adult who intends to accompany the young volunteer(s) must attend the orientation. Have you heard about our A Tale for a Tail reading program? It is open to children of all ages. Learn more here!
• Youth/Student volunteers who are 16 years old may volunteer independently without a parent’s supervision. There are a few restrictions on the areas you may help us until you are 18 years old. Volunteering for HSN is a great way to log student hours for class, graduation or scholarships.
We also have some volunteer opportunities for students who need hours within a short deadline. Contact Cath at email@example.com or 239-643-1555 x 19 to find out more about these short-term roles.
• 18 & Up – We welcome everyone who wants to help and have a number of volunteer roles to support our staff team! HSN does not have an upper age limit for being a volunteer. Some supportive roles are quite physical and busy, therefore are not suitable for the skills and abilities of some individuals. Sign up for the orientation (Ages 16 & Up) to find out more.
Our canine coach volunteers are dog lovers who are responsible for socializing, training and giving outside exercise to all of our adoptable shelter dogs. It’s an active role and you should comfortable handling dogs of all sizes, temperaments and energy levels who are housed in mixed kennels.
We’ll provide you with basic training for handling our shelter animals and expect you to continue with your training as you progress as a volunteer. Your work as a canine coach plays a big role in helping our dogs find loving new homes.
Our feline ambassador volunteers give time, love and attention to all of our adoptable shelter cats. It is a busy role, as we have eight communal cat rooms. Read to them, sit with them, snuggle with them, all of which are part of being a great volunteer!
You’ll be helping our team make sure all of our cats and kittens are happy, healthy and living in a clean and tidy environment. As you get to know our cats, you will also assist visitors as they decide which one they might adopt.
You will feel great when you help your favorite shelter cat find the purrfect home.
A Tale for a Tail is a program in which people visit the shelter to read to the animals at Humane Society Naples. This reading program is designed to provide enrichment for humans and shelter pets.Learn More
Our front desk volunteers are good communicators with friendly faces. You are essential to our cause as you are often a visitor’s first point of contact with the organization.
While it does not involve much animal handling, it is a great volunteer role for someone who can multi-task while staying calm and friendly, even when we’re busy.
You will be in the central hub of the facility, meeting and greeting, answering questions, giving directions, transferring telephone calls, accepting donations, providing information and encouraging people to adopt or to support our cause in another way.
Our daily operations volunteers are our quiet heroes. If you want to help, but don’t think that handling animals or front of the house is your favorite thing, this area could be for you. At the shelter, we rely on volunteer help for a variety of daily tasks so that our staff can concentrate on their roles and we can direct more funds directly towards saving animal’s lives.
We looking for people who have the willingness and appropriate skills for tasks which make a daily difference. These tasks include:
• Shelter laundry, cleaning and housekeeping
• Shelter driver and animal transport
• Maintenance projects
There are a number of interesting off-site opportunities available to you as an HSN Volunteer. We offer these additional fun roles to our adult volunteers who have completed at least three months of active on-site service at our main facility. You should have completed our necessary animal handling training and must understand our mission and the educational messages we want to share with our community.
The off-site opportunities include:
• Coastland Center Mall Adoption Center
• Paws Around Town Bus
• Fundraising and Special Events
• Pet Therapy Visitation and Educational Visits
Volunteering at Humane Society Naples is a great way for local students of all ages to make a difference in the community and gain service hours for classes, scholarships, graduation or internships. Regular volunteering at HSN is also a unique experience to add to your resume or college applications.
Please attend the right orientation for your age and bring any paperwork for signature approval early. We try to help you wherever we can, but we cannot guarantee you will be able to meet your volunteer hours if you contact us close to the deadline.
We require that you attend as a volunteer for at least three months of service and give a minimum 48-hour notice for written verification of your completed student volunteer hours.
Learn more about our reading program below!A Tale for a Tail
The HSN Pawfessionals are an independently organized group of pet-loving, local young professionals committed to supporting the shelter though specific fundraising efforts and group projects. If you are interested in joining this group, once you become an HSN Volunteer, you can find out more information through their main contact.
Click here for more information.