How To Volunteer

Volunteering at the Florida Keys SPCA We are proud of the work we do for the homeless animals in our community.

We could not accomplish everything we are able to do at our shelter without the tireless dedication from our volunteer team.  We take our job seriously in training and preparing all of our volunteers for working with our animals and completing tasks at our shelter.

Orientation & Training

Orientation Overview:

  • All volunteers must attend an Orientation Session according to their age group to Volunteer.
  • All Orientations will give an overview of our shelter and discuss volunteer opportunities & details of the positions available.
  • At the end of all orientations there will be a short tour of the facility.
  • All volunteers pay a one-time $30 Administrative Fee to fund the volunteer program necessities at orientation. Payment can be cash, check or charge.

Upcoming Key West Campus Orientations:

  • 18 & Up
    • Tuesday November 5th from 5:30-7pm
    • Wednesday November 6th from 6-7:30pm
  • High School Crew - Ages 16-18
    • Monday November 11th from 4-5pm
    • Wednesday November 13th from 4-5pm
  • Kids Club - Ages 10-15 (Note: All Kids Club members must have a parent attend orientation with them.)
    • Tuesday November 19th from 4-5pm
    • Thursday November 21st from 4-5pm

All training sessions will give volunteers the knowledge they need to perform their position safely and sufficiently on their own.

18 & Up:

Following the orientation session and passing a background check, volunteers will sign up for training depending on where their interest lies.

  • Length of Time: Each training class will last 60-90 minutes depending on the animal area or duty.
  • Trainers: New volunteers will train with either a staff member or mentor volunteer.
  • Positions:
    • All volunteers can volunteer for as many positions as they desire. 
    • Volunteers must attend a training session for each position. 
    • Volunteers must attend at least one training session for any position before beginning to volunteer on their own.

High School Crew:

Following the orientation session, High School Crew members will have a short 30-60 minute training depending on where their interests lie before volunteering on their own.

For details on the High School Crew program click here!

(Note: 16 & 17 year olds must bring a parental waiver signed before they start training)

Kids Club:

Following the orientation session, Kids Club members can start attending bi-weekly animal enrichment & interaction activity classes. No training necessary!

For details on the Kids Club program click here!

(Note: All Kids Club member must have a parent on property at all times while members are volunteering.)

  • 18 & Up and High School (16-17 years old)
    • Tuesday October 8th at 5pm


If you have additional questions about our Volunteer Programs please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Tiffany Dunsmore, directly at (305) 294-4857 x120 or