​Volunteer Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a background screening (requires a social security number).

  • Complete orientation and ongoing training over a period of weeks for applicable positions.     

  • Comply with all required shelter policies and procedures and support shelter staff. 

Once your application is processed you will receive an email concerning upcoming orientations. You MUST provide a valid email, If you have not received an email within 14 days please check you spam/junk folder.


                                                      Dog Walker

Assist with socializing with shelter dogs on the adoption floor by getting them outside for walks and provide enrichment. Spot clean kennels and train on how to walk different color levels of dogs. Communicate effectively with kennel, front office and clinic staff throughout the day. Interact with the public to increase adoptions. 

                                                 Cat Socialization

Provide socialization and enrichment for cats in our adoption area. Assist staff with spot cleaning. Interact with the public when interested in adopting.

                                                   Clinic Assistant

Assist clinic staff during the day by restocking shelves, monitor pets when waking up from surgery, clean surgery tools, draw up vaccines, restock supplies, cleaning, laundry, etc.


Utilize a county vehicle to transport shelter pets to our Rescue Partners from Cape Coral to areas including Naples, Miami, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota and Lakeland. Must take a defensive driving course and provide driver's license.                            

                                                   Shelter Greeter  

Have a great smile and are a people person? If you have always wanted to help, but the physical activities aren't your thing, then this is the perfect position for you! Our shelter greeters are the first person our customers see and perhaps the most important. You will greet them upon arrival and see why they are visiting and direct them where to go. All you need is a positive attitude and willingness to learn the various departments at LCDAS.


Do you have a phone that takes good pictures and eye for that great shot? Our volunteers often see our pets in their best moments when they are showing their true personalities. We are definitely in need of this for cats!

                                                   Events Team

Our events team is a critical part of our team going out into the community educating on who we are and what we do, as well as taking our great shelter pets to show off their true personalities. Often times, our off-site events are where some of our long-term residents find their homes!



We value our Volunteer Staff and are excited to share ways that you can make a difference, one pet at a time.

Volunteer Application