So Many Volunteer Opportunities!

Below are the many ways you can help the animals by volunteering your time. Not all opportunities may be currently available. If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Suzanne Raby, at 941-474-7884 ext. 422 or by email at


For those who want to work with animals directly:

Foster Parent

Provide a temporary home for animals. This may includes those too young for adoption, slightly ill, or in need of proper socializing before being placed for adoption at the animal care center. CLICK HERE FOR FOSTER APPLICATION.

Dog Walker

Provide socialization and play time for dogs awaiting adoption. Walks, leash trains, exercises and gives very basic obedience training, preparing them to become loving companions in their forever home.

Cat Caretaker/Attendant

Helps to socialize cats in our cattery. Provides love, attention, petting and basic grooming while they await their permanent home.

Satellite Cat Caretaker 

Work directly with the Satellite Adoption Manager to assist with the care of cats at our satellite adoption centers (Pet Supermarket & Petco). This may include feeding and giving water to the cats, cleaning habitats, and socialization. Adoption responsibilities require additional training and approval of Satellite Adoption Manager and Director of Operations.

For those who want to assist with operational/admin tasks or other:

Admin Assistant

Help to make copies, file, put together adoption packets and other administrative task. 


Help transport adoptable animals to and from Suncoast Humane Society as part of our cooperative program with other shelters, to find more animals quality homes. Other transporting opportunity is to deliver and pick up donated pet supplies from our local partners (example: pet supply stores when they host donation drives), and/or fundraising/marketing materials (example: flyers, donated items for fundraising events.)

Outreach and Education

Assist with educational exhibits at community expos or other type events, promoting the programs of the Society.

For those who enjoy a fast paced environment & thrifting:

Thrift Stores

Help to further the mission of Suncoast Humane Society by generating revenue at our thrift stores. Accept quality items for sale, sort, assist with displaying the merchandise, and/or be a salesperson. All proceeds serve to help the services, programs and animals.

For those who want to join our Pet Therapy team:

Pet Therapy

Teams of qualified canines and their owners provide compassionate interaction with residents of hospitals, health care facilities, schools, libraries and special need requests. Qualifying requires extensive training and evaluation.


Volunteer Application

For those who enjoy promoting, fundraising & more:

Marketing, Fundraising & Events

Assist with marketing needs, fundraising projects and hands on at our events. This may include helping to solicit donations, sponsorships, handing out flyers and engaging on social media. Assist at the fundraising events with set up, staffing and break down. 


Volunteer Application Marketing & Events Only