- WHO WE ARE
- WHAT WE DO
- HUMANE EDUCATION
- GET INVOLVED
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast cannot operate without its volunteers. We currently have more than 450 active participants, ranging in age from 12 to over 80, who provide almost 60,000 hours of labor each year for the shelter.
We have an Adult Volunteer Program for people ages 16 and older. Our Junior Volunteer Program is for people between 12-15 years of age and requires an adult supervisor (18-years-of-age or older, parent or legal guardian) working side-by-side on each shift. Adult supervisors must also attend orientation and training sessions with their junior volunteer. If you are in need of court-ordered community service hours please CLICK HERE. Please note: you must be at least 18 years old to complete court ordered hours at our shelter.
We require attendance at our Volunteer Orientation to begin your volunteer journey with us. Taking place at the main shelter (4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990), this orientation explains a little bit about our organization, along with our mission, policies, and the volunteer opportunities available. Following orientation, we schedule you for training in the area of your choice, as long as there is availability in that particular department. With the exception of Community Events, Mobile Adoptions and Fostering, all volunteers must be able to commit to a weekly schedule for at least 3 months
*Sessions last for approximately 45 minutes.
Please contact Sarah Fisher, Manager of the Volunteer Program, to learn more information or reserve your seat at an upcoming orientation, by e-mailing her at SFisher@hstc1.org.
*Any volunteers and/or community service personnel who need their hours verified and signed off must call or email at least 2 business days ahead to make an appointment. Please contact Sarah Fisher directly at (772) 600-3217 or SFisher@hstc1.org to retrieve a signed record of your hours.
Volunteers walk the dogs around our Memorial Garden to provide basic exercise, mental stimulation and needed human contact. Volunteers must be able to handle large, energetic dogs over 50 pounds. Shifts are about 2 hours long each week.
Volunteers sit in the kennels with the dogs, providing the dogs with TLC, which includes brushing them, socializing with them and giving them “snuggles”. Each dog gets at least 10 minutes of direct contact and shifts last about 1-2 hours weekly.
Feeding, cleaning, and socializing the adoptable cats in our care. Presenting the cats to prospective adopters and talking about their personalities. Shifts are about 2-3 hours long each week. Cat care shifts are located at our main shelter, as well as at both thrift stores.
Cleaning, feeding, grooming, and presenting our critters to prospective adopters. Critters consist of mostly guinea pigs and rabbits, but occasionally we have other critters who need to be cared for, such as hamsters, ferrets, etc. Shifts range from about 2-4 hours weekly.
Assisting surgery staff in prepping animals for surgery, monitoring animals during recovery and reviewing follow up instructions with owners. Shifts are about 4 hours weekly.
Assisting the customer service staff members with answering phones, organizing paperwork, scheduling appointments, assisting customers, etc. Shifts range from 2-4 hours weekly.
Taking photos of the animals in our care in order to provide a better adoptable visual for the HSTC Website and other media platforms. “Wrangling” is bringing the animals to the photographer and assisting with capturing the best possible shot for the camera. Shifts are about 1-2 hours weekly.
Handling of pets outside of the shelter to increase awareness of our mission and exposure to prospective adopters. Bringing dogs to events wearing an “Adopt Me” vest and assisting in off-site adoptions. Must be able to handle large, energetic dogs over 50 pounds. Shifts are as needed.
To fulfill court ordered community service hours, you must be at least 18 years of age. You do not need to attend orientation, but 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 deny any application. You can complete a community service application online, or stop by the shelter to fill one out in person.
Central Thrift Store:
2585 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL 34994
North Thrift Store:
1099 NW 21st St., Stuart, FL 34994