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Become a Volunteer

Do you or someone you know have an hour or two each week that you are willing to dedicate on a regular basis to volunteering at the Animal Welfare League? We may have something that would interest you and benefit our animals.

We are always expanding the list of available opportunities for our volunteers.

Here are a few examples:

Dog Walkers: Exercising, playing, practicing walking politely on leash, and learning a few basic commands can make a dog or puppy more appealing to a potential adopter.

Cat Cuddlers: Being hugged and handled allows feline personalities to blossom, which leads to quicker adoption.

Kennel Cleaners: All of our orphaned animal guests need a clean place to stay.

Laundry Helpers: Freshly cleaned beds, blankets, towels, and more are needed each day.

Foster Homes: Numerous orphaned babies and mothers with nursing pups and kittens arrive at the shelter. Often injured, weak, ill, or frightened, these animals need gentle attention and love in the quiet comfort of a foster family's home until they are ready to return to the shelter for adoption.

Evacuation Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to commit in the event of a hurricane evacuation to foster an animal for up to seven days.

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Helping with preparing newsletter mailings
  • Working on fundraising events
  • Assisting with outreach programs when our animals are invited to meet the public
  • Working our booth at the Sun Flea Market
  • Much More!

If any of these prospects interest you, your help would be greatly appreciated and beneficial to the animals. Each and every volunteer's service is important to AWL's ability to care for our shelter pets. The joy and affection you will receive in the form of wags and purrs are some of the indescribable rewards you will enjoy as an AWL volunteer.

Please note: If you are under the age of 17, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to volunteer.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bruce Klemish, at, or call the shelter at 941-625-6720 for more details. You can also download and print a volunteer application to have ready when attending Volunteer Orientation.

At Volunteer Orientation, you will learn all of the basic information needed to volunteer. You will also be given a tour of our Adoption Center. Volunteer orientation is held on alternating Saturdays at 11:45 AM at the shelter.