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Volunteer at SPCA Florida!

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SPCA Florida welcomes volunteers who share our vision of healthy animals and humane communities.

We provide many opportunities for you to get involved! We are looking for people from all walks of life who meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be able to give a 6-month commitment (average of 2 hours per week)

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • Must be able to fully support SPCA Florida’s vision, mission, and policies, and be able to communicate those to the public

  • Must demonstrate good customer service skills and be able to work well in a team environment

  • Must complete volunteer process and orientation to be considered

Adult Program

Through our adult volunteer program, you will be a part of a dedicated team that

is committed to fulfilling the mission and vision of SPCA Florida. You will be doing

lifesaving work that results in life-changing milestones for both you and the animals.


  • 18+ years old

  • Must complete volunteer process and orientation

  • $25 fee due by orientation to cover T-shirt, name tag, and training


Student Program


Students will not only be making a difference in the lives of thousands of animals, but they will have the opportunity to complete their community service hours for school through our student volunteer program.

On-site Requirements:

  • 16-18 years old

  • Must complete the volunteer process, essay questions, and orientation to be considered

  • $25 fee due by orientation to cover T-shirt, name tag, and training

Donation Drive Requirements:

  • 13–18 years old (must be in middle or high school)

  • Royal Canin Mother and Baby Cat wet food: 6 cans: 1 hour

  • Click here to download and print the donation drive information. Follow the instructions on the form and be sure to contact the Volunteer Manager at to schedule an appointment to bring your donations in.



Every year, SPCA Florida’s Foster Caregiver Program provides temporary and loving homes to more than 800 animals that are too young, are currently treated for illness or injury, or need socialization with other people or animals. They need your help.


Group Volunteering

Does your team, group, or organization want to become part of the solution to the problem of homeless and neglected companion animals in our community? SPCA Florida welcomes groups of as little as 5 to as many as 30 who are looking to complete a service project together. As part of your project, you will experience a “behind the scenes” tour of SPCA Florida’s Animal Medical Center and Adoption Center. To reserve your group project and tour, contact the volunteer department at

Community Service

Please note, court-ordered community service or Polk Work hours are NOT part of the volunteer program. We are not currently offering hours for court-ordered community service or Polk Works.


Thank you again for your interest in volunteering with SPCA Florida. We truly appreciate your desire to make a change in Polk County. Together, we will make strides in saving homeless and neglected companion animals in our community.

FL SARC: Emergency Response

FL SARC works with Florida State and County Divisions of Emergency Management. Our team deploys under the state’s ESF-17 who are responsible for Animal Protection. Training is required before individuals can become a volunteer and deploy with FLSARC. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to deploy to a disaster in Florida.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Once you attend the volunteer orientation, complete your assessment interview, and attend the two required training classes, all potential volunteers will begin in the campus Adoption Center as an:

Animal Care Assistant

Shifts are scheduled in 2-3 hour increments, 7 days a week. In this role, you will:

  • Assist with basic Adoption Center tasks such as kennel, cattery, puppy room, and yard cleaning

  • Assist with feeding, socializing, and exercising animals in the designated play areas

  • Bathe and groom animals as needed

  • Assist with general cleaning tasks, such as laundry and dishes

Community Outreach Volunteer

To move to this position, volunteers must have met all criteria for the Animal Care Assistant requirements and be knowledgeable in all SPCA Florida programs and services. In this role, you may participate in the following:

Off-campus Community Outreach Events

Focus on communicating our mission to the public, participate in fund-raising activities, adoption events, and retail sales


Humane Education

Attend various events as an SPCA Florida representative; provide age-appropriate education programs on animal care and welfare

Compassion Connection

Visit facilities with SPCA Florida animals, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities

Offsite Adoption Event Lead


To move to this position, volunteers must have successfully completed the Community Outreach Volunteer requirements, all additional training required, and worked as a Community Outreach lead. In this position, the volunteer will work at off-campus Adoption Events to process dog adoptions.

Working FOR the Animals

Non-direct Animal Care Opportunities

We also offer other volunteer opportunities outside of the Adoption Center environment, which still benefits the animals. Volunteers must attend the volunteer orientation and complete any additional training required.

  • Campus Events – Assist with Critter Camp

  • Paws to Read – Take SPCA Florida dogs to schools or libraries to help children build reading skills

  • Pets Day Out – Take SPCA Florida dogs and cats to assisted living facilities to visit with residents

  • Special Events – Assist at our special events benefiting SPCA Florida

  • Administration and Miscellaneous – Assist with basic clerical duties, which may include data entry and filing, Ani-Meal packers and drivers, website photography, Adoption Center Greeters, and Foster caregivers (additional application/approval needed and must be at least 18 years old)

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