If you love animals and want to make a difference, join us at the Florida Keys SPCA as a volunteer. Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a very rewarding experience as you enrich the lives of animals waiting for a new home. Volunteers are critical in helping us complete our life-saving mission every day.

If you would like to volunteer at the Key West Campus, we are currently preparing to move into the new shelter and will resume our Volunteer Orientations for all volunteers ages 18 and up once we have completed our transition.  Please look for those dates to come in the future!

If you are looking to Volunteer at the Marathon Campus for all volunteers ages 18 & up, please look below for our upcoming orientation dates that you can attend at 10550 Aviation Blvd, Marathon.

We ask you to make a three month commitment of at least 8 hours a month. The animals need your help and we respect your time and commitment, therefore we make every effort to make your time with us rewarding for both you and the animals.

We require a background check of all volunteers after orientation, before training starts to ensure the safety of our animals, staff and other volunteers. 

There is a one-time $30 fee that is paid at orientation that provides you with a Volunteer T-shirt, handbook and other necessary materials to become a volunteer.



Key West Campus Orientation Date: Please watch for upcoming dates for orientation after we transition into the new shelter!

Marathon Campus Orientation Date: Please watch for upcoming dates for orientation!


After new volunteers have completed an orientation class, depending on their where their interests lie with the shelter, we have training sessions dedicated to each type of volunteering.


For working with Dogs, we start you with an educational training session with our Animal Behavior Manager Cathy Baier.  She discusses in detail about shelter dog behaviors, the expectations volunteers should have for training with dogs and limited demonstrations. From there volunteers can attend dog behavior training sessions to further themselves in our dog program to the point where they can walk dogs or take them to outreach events.


When training with Cats, we have you train with a mentor volunteer to learn the ins and outs of taking care of all of our cat adoption rooms. This typically takes about an hour and after your training we can set new volunteers up with times to start volunteering!

Small Animals

For small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, the volunteer coordinator or a mentor volunteer can train new volunteers on the procedures on how to care for them, which is also needed on a daily basis.

Shelter 101

In our Shelter 101 course we give you a tour & overview of the entire shelter where we will show you how and where you can assist staff wherever it is needed. We will provide you with the knowledge and tools you will need to successfully walk into the shelter and know exactly what tasks you can get started on to make a real difference in our day to day needs.


Youth/Teen Program

The Youth/Teen program is for youth ages 10-17.

For our Key West Campus please look for upcoming programs that we will be initiating once we are in our new Key West shelter!  We will have those programs available after we make that complete transition.

For our Marathon Campus please contact our shelter directly at this time for our 10-17 year old Youth/Teen program.


Group Program

Groups can assist the shelter in many ways such as having Wish List drives, holding your own fundraisers in the community, grounds work and shelter cleaning projects, doing group craft projects like making dog and cats toys or bandanas and assisting at our fundraisers where we always need lots of helping hands.  If your group would like to get involved please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.


If you have any questions on our volunteer program, please don’t hesitate to contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly at the shelter.