Adult Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities for Adult Individuals (Ages 18+)

First step to becoming a volunteer for JHS:

If you’re considering becoming a volunteer, please first watch our virtual Volunteer Information Session.

This program is for individuals who are over the age of 18, have graduated high school, and meet our essential capabilities for all volunteers.

If you are a past or present member of the military, please sign up to volunteer through our Paws & Stripes volunteer program.

Apply to become a volunteer now!

Please note, to volunteer with the Jacksonville Humane Society you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age. Teens between the ages of 16-18 who are still enrolled in a high school program can apply to join our Youth Volunteer Program.
  • Be able to volunteer independently.
  • Commit to volunteering once a week for the first 3 months of volunteering.
  • Be willing to pay a $30 volunteer fee at the time of your orientation. This includes a volunteer T-shirt and name badge and helps defray JHS volunteer program expenses. If you cannot pay this due to financial constraints please contact the volunteer team at [email protected].

Volunteer service through the volunteer program CANNOT be court-ordered.

Volunteering at the Jacksonville Humane Society does require certain skills and abilities. These essential capabilities are, but not limited to:

  • Commit to volunteer once a week for three (3) months or more.
  • Able to work independently and willing to work as part of a team.
  • Comfortable speaking to members of the public.
  • Maintain professional appearance & positive energy when volunteering.
  • Willing to learn and utilize Volgistics, online volunteer scheduling system.
  • Must have average vision (You must be able to see the body language of an animal for safety).
  • Able to take instructions and follow safety protocols.
  • Able to work with cleaning chemicals.
  • Meeting the basic physical requirements for volunteers.
  • Commitment to JHS’ mission & the volunteer program mission.

For any volunteers wanting to work with animals, there are these additional essential capabilities:

  • Standing unassisted for long periods of time.
  • Walk distances unassisted
  • Bend, kneel, crouch unassisted
  • Use of both hands simultaneously
  • Lift, carry and move at least 25 lbs independently.
  • Volunteer roles may have additional requirements. These can be found in the role descriptions.

Through our Dog Day Out program, you can take an adoptable dog out of the shelter for an adventure! You do not need to be a registered volunteer to participate in this program.

Current information as of May 17, 2024:

The Court-Ordered Community Service program at JHS is separate from the volunteer program. If you need hours for court, do NOT fill out the online application. Instead, follow these guidelines:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older, no exceptions.
  • You must have appropriate paperwork from the court.
  • No violent offenses are accepted in the program (e.g. battery, sexual assault, child abuse, animal abuse, etc.)
  • There will be a $20 program fee (cash or card) that you will have to pay on your first day before you can get started – no exceptions.
  • Monday through Friday: Meet at the small fountain outside our Adoption and Education Center at 7:00 a.m. We are located at 8464 Beach Blvd. You do not need to pre-register – you can just show up. Please be aware that if you show up after 7:10 a.m., you will not be able to participate. You can stay as late as 11:30 a.m., based on need.
  • Court-ordered community service is NOT offered on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Court-ordered community service is NOT offered on any day that falls on a holiday. Please see the JHS holiday calendar for a list of JHS holidays.
  • Bring a government-issued ID with you to your orientation.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, jeans or knee-length shorts, T-shirt (no tank tops) or warmer shirt depending on the weather (choose clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and/or stained).
  • Please note, if you sign up through our volunteer program and gain hours, you cannot use those hours for court requirements.

Our court-ordered community service program is offered on a first come, first served basis with a cap of 4 people per day. If you wish to start your hours the same day as orientation you should arrive early to beat the crowd.

Please park your car by our warehouse in the gravel lot:
1821 Foster Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Walk through the gate and up the service road where the JHS Adoption & Education Center is located. Meet by the entrance labelled Adoption & Education (2-story section) at the fountain to sign in.

Thank you to our generous volunteer program sponsor:

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For more information, contact the Volunteer Department:

Email: [email protected] • Phone: 904.493.4569

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