Make a Difference
We have a volunteer team of dedicated individuals who help support our staff to care for homeless pets and achieve our mission, and we are always looking for new and enthusiastic people to join our current team. We offer orientations and training sessions throughout the year.
Please read the information below to find out how to get started and sign up for our next volunteer orientation. Please note: you must register for these sessions in advance.
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 monthly and last about 90 minutes.
At the orientation, you’ll meet our Volunteer Coordinator and some of our current volunteers. You will get a brief overview of our history, services, current life-saving goals and how the volunteer program helps us achieve our mission. You’ll also learn about the next steps to becoming a volunteer on our team.
Please note that we hold separate orientations for adults 18 & up and middle/high school students (youth) ages 12 to 18.
(New Volunteer Orientations have been postponed until it is deemed prudent to hold group meetings again.)
Adults, click below to complete the appropriate online application which will serve as your registration for orientation.
- Adult Orientation
Youth Orientation REQUIRES BOTH the Youth Orientation Application and Waiver of Liability be completed in order to attend orientation. Please return to this page after completing the application to complete the waiver of liability.
- Youth Orientation (Feline Fan Club)
- Youth Waiver of Liability
- Our A Tale for a Tail reading program is open to children of all ages. No orientation is required. Learn more here!
- Middle and high school students ages 12 to 18 may volunteer in our Feline Fan Club. Students under 16 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. Volunteering for HSN is a great way to log student hours for class, graduation or scholarships.
- 18 & Up – We have a number of volunteer roles for adults who would like to support our team! HSN does not have an upper age limit for being a volunteer.
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 be comfortable handling dogs of all sizes, temperaments and energy levels who are housed in mixed kennels.
We categorize our dogs in three levels, based upon their behavior and any training protocols that we require canine coaches and staff to follow when handling them. We’ll provide you with basic training for handling our “non-rated” (level one) dogs. We hope you would continue with the more advanced training we provide as you progress as a volunteer, so that you can handle our second and third level dogs.
Your work as a canine coach plays an important role in helping our dogs find new, loving 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 nine communal cat rooms. You may read to them, sit with them, play with them, all of which are part of being a great feline ambassador!
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(s) 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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm to read to the animals at HSN. This reading program is designed to provide enrichment for humans and shelter pets. No orientation or registration is required.
Our front desk volunteers are excellent communicators with friendly demeanors who enjoy engaging with, and helping people. 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 a variety of ways.
Our daily operations volunteers are our quiet heroes. If you want to help, but don’t think that handling animals or “front and center” 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 assign more funds directly towards saving the animals’ 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
Our daily operations volunteers really are the “wind beneath everyone’s wings” at HSN.
There are a number of interesting off-site opportunities available to our adult volunteers. Everyone in these roles must understand our mission and the educational messages we want to share with our community.
Some of these additional roles require volunteers to have completed at least three months of active on-site service at our main facility. Some require that volunteers have completed our necessary animal handling training. The off-site opportunities include:
- Paws Around Town Adoption Bus Events
- Fundraising and Special Events
- Pet Therapy Visitation and Educational Visits
If you would enjoy sharing our mission and educational message with the wider community, you will shine in these roles!
Our Feline Fan Club is our volunteer program for middle and high school students 12 to 18 years old. It is a great way for local students to make a difference in the community and gain service hours for classes, scholarships, graduation or internships.
Once you attend an orientation, which includes training, you will be able to volunteer to help socialize our cats and assist our team in keeping the communal cat rooms neat and tidy. We ask that you serve as a volunteer for a minimum of two hours per month for at least three months.
To register for orientation a student must complete our online Application and their parent/guardian must complete a digital Waiver of Liability.
PLEASE REGISTER ONLY IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING AS SPACE IS LIMITED!
Is your professional, educational, social or community group interested in volunteering on a special project to support the work that we do at Humane Society Naples? We have various opportunities and ways you can help. Though most group projects do not involve handling our animals, we have other activities you can engage in that directly help us achieve our mission.
If you are interested in discussing these opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-643-1555 x 19. Please note that we require four weeks notice to organize group projects.
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.
Please note: For Feline Fan Club Orientation registration student must complete the Volunteer Application and parent/guardian must complete the Youth Waiver of Liability.
“The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” – DeAnn Hollis