Make a Difference
Hundreds of dedicated individuals help Humane Society Naples care for homeless pets by participating in dog enrichment, socializing cats and performing numerous other tasks at our two facilities, as well as off-site events. HSN offers orientations and training sessions for both new and seasoned volunteers. Please note that all volunteers must be 16 or older to help at HSN unless accompanied by an adult.
Click below to email our Volunteer Manager, and stay tuned to this page as new volunteer programs roll out and more information is made available.Email Volunteer Manager
Where Do I Start?
All volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering at Humane Society Naples. These orientations take place on Saturdays at 10 am, depending on your age group, and last about an hour. New volunteers will get a tour of the main shelter, an overview of shelter operations and a better idea of the volunteer opportunities that we have available. For more information or questions, please contact Cath Branwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-643-1555 x 19.
May 12 at 10 am – Feline Fan Club (Ages 12 to 15)
May 19 at 10 am – Adult Volunteers (Ages 16 and 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. Have you heard about our A Tale for a Tail reading program? Learn more here.
- Student/Youth volunteers who are 16 years old may volunteer independently without a parent’s supervision. Volunteering for HSN is a great way to log student hours for class, graduation or scholarships. There are a few restrictions on the areas you may help us until you are 18 years old.
- 18 and up – We welcome everyone who wants to help. We do not have any upper age limit for being a volunteer. It is not all kitten cuddling though, and some areas of our shelter work can be quite physically active and busy, so are not suitable for the skills and abilities of some individuals. Come along to our orientation 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.