Volunteer Opportunities

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

Thank you for your interest. However, at this time, we are not accepting new volunteers. 

Please continue to check this page for updates on volunteer openings. Also, please see "How Community Members Can Help MCAS" below.

We do need foster homes for our animals.  If you are interested in fostering, please read about our fostering for MCAS below.

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. 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. 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.

How Community Members Can Help MCAS

While volunteering involves specialized training, especially for animal-handling, there are many ways that you can still help MCAS.

Help at the shelter with non-handling tasks, such as enrichment for the pets, laundry, dishes and other chores. All these tasks help make the shelter a better place for the animals and our visitors. If you are interested, please fill out the application and liability form, and bring to the front desk at our facilities. All participants must be 18 years or older and have their forms on file before beginning to help. Community helpers are prohibited from handling animals.

Donations are needed on a year-round basis. Items such as training treats, cat toys, canned kitten food, bleach, laundry detergent and dish soap are always welcome. When the weather becomes cooler, we will post on social media when we require blankets and towels. Some neighborhoods and classrooms have started their own donation drives for supplies for the shelter; this is a wonderful way to engage your community to help our shelter.

Promotion of the shelter is always needed. Come by the shelter and pick up our materials and help distribute them to businesses and other locations. This helps spread the word about our programs and services. Use your social media platforms to help promote MCAS, including our adoptable animals and current promotions. 

‚ÄčIf you need help with any of the above options, or have ideas on how you would like to help MCAS, please contact 941-742-5933 ext. 8314.