Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS): How to Get Started

Thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering at Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS). 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): 2 orientations are held every Wednesday. Cat Volunteer Orientation is held at 2:00 p.m. at Manatee County Cat Town, 216 6th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208. Dog Volunteer Orientation is held at 5:00 p.m. at the Palmetto Adoption Center, 305 25th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Orientations are approximately one hour. Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Latecomers are not admitted. Orientations are not held on County Holidays.

Please note that the application and orientation is for becoming a general volunteer. This is not the process for court-ordered community service or probation work programs. Please call our front desk at 941-742-5933 for more information about the criteria to enroll in those specific programs.

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 are required to perform 4 hours of service per month. Volunteers can put their status on temporary hold with approval from the Volunteer Specialist. Volunteers who do not meet the required time commitment will have their status deactivated.

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.