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The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast cannot operate without its volunteers.  They number over 450 active participants, ranging in age from 12 to 87, and provide almost 60,000 hours of labor each year for the shelter.  They contribute in a variety of ways enumerated below.

We have an Adult Volunteer Program for people ages 16 and up.  Our Junior Volunteer Program is for people 12-15 years of age and requires an adult supervisor (18 or older, parent or guardian) working side-by-side.

We require attendance at our Volunteer Orientation to begin your experience with us. Volunteer orientation takes place at the main shelter (4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990). At the orientation, we explain who we are, our policies and the various volunteer opportunities.  Following orientation, we schedule you for training in the area of your choice.  Then the fun begins!

Orientation Schedule ~ Sessions last for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.   
Monday, December 17, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer,  please contact Sarah Fisher at (772) 600-3217 or email at to make your reservation.

Some of the volunteer areas are:

Dog Walking: Basic exercise, mental stimulation and needed human contact provided to our dogs making them happier and more likely to be adopted.

Cat Care:  Socialization through human contact, cage cleaning and presentation of cats to prospective adopters.

Foster Care: Specialized care in your own home for pets not yet weaned, requiring medical help or simple tender loving care.  Our foster program saves hundreds of lives each year.

Mobile Adoptions: Handling of pets off-site to increase awareness of our mission and exposure to prospective adopters.

Thrift Stores North/Central: Sorting of incoming items, readying them for the retail floor, selling merchandise that ranges from gently-used clothes to household accessories and furnishings.

Community Events:  Participation in community events and fundraisers as part of a planning committee or day-of-event needs.

Administration: Computer data entry, mailing, sorting, etc.

Pet Therapy/Humane Education:  Working with your certified therapy pet and our team to help children read, teach youth groups about pet responsibility and safety and bring joy to senior citizens in assisted living.

Public Spay and Neuter: Assisting surgery staff in prepping animals for surgery, monitoring animals during recovery, and reviewing follow up instructions with owners.

Critter Care:  Cleaning, feeding, grooming, and assisting with adopting out our critters, such as guinea pigs and rabbits.

Court Ordered Community Service:  To fulfill court ordered community service hours, you must be at least 18 years of age. You must complete a community service application prior to initiating service.  The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast does not accept all court-ordered offenses and reserves the right to not accept all applications. Download a community service application here, or stop by the shelter to pick one up.  You may fax your completed application to the attention of Sarah Fisher at (772) 220-3610 or send it via email to

*Any volunteers and/ or community service personnel who need their hours verified and signed off, you must call ahead to make an appointment. We will try our best to accomodate your request in a timely manner. Please contact the Volunteer Program Manager directly at (772) 600-3217.

4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave

Palm City, Florida 34990

Main Line: (772) 223-8822

Fax: (772) 220-3610

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