Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at MCAS: How to Get Started

Thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering at Manatee County Animal Services. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Please see section below for Junior Volunteer opportunities.

  1. Fill out and submit a volunteer application. From the date of submission, your application will be held for 90 days for you to attend an orientation (see below).
  2. Attend a new volunteer orientation (registration is not required): Dog Volunteer Orientations are held every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Palmetto Adoption Center, 305 25th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Cat Volunteer Orientations are held every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Manatee County Cat Town, 216 6th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208. Orientations are approximately one hour. Orientations are not held on County Holidays.

Current Volunteers

All current volunteers are required to have an accepted online application/liability form and have attended a volunteer orientation prior to volunteering. All volunteers receive important e-mail communications on shelter happenings, volunteer opportunities and trainings.

Current volunteers, click here to check your record.

Volunteers with less than 5 hours in a 6 month period will be removed from our program.

If you have questions about your volunteer status or need help with your records, please contact 941-742-5933 ext. 8307.

Fostering Opportunities

Foster parents are volunteers that provide temporary care for animals who aren't quite ready for adoption due to age, health or behavior. The necessary supplies are provided by MCAS, so all you need is time and love to give! If you have room in your home and heart and are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application above and attend a new volunteer orientation. All foster participants must attend orientation prior to starting the foster program. For additional information about the program, please contact 941-742-5933 ext. 8314.

Junior Volunteer Opportunities

Junior MCAS volunteers must be 16 - 17 years old. Duties include dishes, laundry, cleaning, and enrichment. Junior volunteers are prohibited from handling animals.

Junior MCAS volunteers must have the required parental consent and liability form on file prior to starting the program. Forms are available at the front desk of both adoption centers. Junior MCAS volunteers are encouraged to attend a new volunteer orientation, but it is not a requirement. For students wanting to earn community volunteer hours, students are responsible for tracking their hours and having a supervisor sign any forms at the completion of each shift.

For more information on the Junior MCAS volunteering or school and community group outreach, please contact 941-742-5933 ext. 8307.

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