The Humane Society always needs volunteers to help with special events, staff the Resale Shop, conduct education programs, work on our website, provide digital photos, write articles, and assist the professional staff with the day-to-day operations of the animal shelter.
Volunteers also walk the dogs and interact with the cats at the shelter every day.
To learn more about volunteering for the Humane Society, please call 352.589.7400 or 352.589.1772. Someone will return your call to discuss areas where you wish to contributed.
Thank you in advance for volunteering!
We have quite a few regular monthly people that donate to the shelter and their volunteer work is deeply appreciated. We have others that help when they can and they too are deeply appreciated. Thank you for volunteering your own time to shop or provide money to take care of all the precious animals here at the shelter.
We also have a group of very dedicated people that regularly come and walk the dogs and play with the cats. Most people don't realize how it effects the animals , but those of us that work here everyday see the amazing difference it makes for the animals and how they light up when they see their friends coming in to give them some one on one time. Thank you from the staff and the animals for this wonderful gift of your love and time.
A FEW VERY SPECIAL VOLUNTEER STORIES:
*We appreciate every little or big thing everyone does for the animals here at the shelter. These few just really touched our hearts and encourages other youngsters to follow in their footsteps. Alot of children are disappointed to find out that you have to be 18 or over to volunteer here - but it is for safety reasons. But some kids have come up with their own creative ideas in helping out the animals. Here is a few great examples:
*On July 3rd, 2012- 5 girls came to the shelter beaming from ear to ear and holding the $12 they had raised for the animals. On their own they took the initiative to have an old fashioned lemonade stand and work feverishly with no selfishness in mind. At the end of the day they raised $12 which would be enough to feed all the cats and dogs for atleast 2 days, or give a few of them their life saving shots. Ayla Smith, Emily Spodnick, Kelsey Grimes, Rachel Grimes, and Ashland Reed- this is what a true hero is to the eyes of the animals and the Humane Society staff. Thank you for your generosity and your care for the animals here at the shelter. You are animal rescuers yourselves!
*On August 02, 2012 Alyson Andrews came to the shelter with her money that she has saved herself that she wanted to help the animals with. After saving up $60 she was more than willing to give it up to the animals at the shelter. That will go along way and hopefully Alyson's good heart will encourage other kids that its not about what you get - its what you give that makes you and others happy!
* On September 07, 2012 Meghan Mayo of Leesburg turned 13 yrs old. Her birthday was paw print themed and she had a great and unselfish idea that would soon benefit the animals at the Humane Society of Lake County. Her and her family came to the shelter a few days later and she handed over the $80 in cash she had received for her bday. This will cover a male dog getting neutered as well as some of his shots and getting him started on heartworm preventative. Mojo was the next in line to have this done (check him out on adoptable dogs or happy tails), so literally a life was saved by this teenagers willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of her. Every life saved is worth it!!
*On December 15th, 2012 the 4th grade classes at Tavares Elem. came to the shelter with a ton of donations they had collected during school for the animals at the Humane Society. The students were very excited during their visit to the shelter while they got to view all the animals that their hard work was benefitting. Some had emptied their allowance savings, some did the manual labor, some of them tried to talk their families into rescueing a pet. All in all - they each played a very important role in helping all the animals at the shelter at this dire time of need and it is GREATLY appreciated!! Thank you to the 4th grade teachers for bringing it together : Mrs Bitter , Mrs Cunningham, Mrs Moler, Ms Souders, and Mrs Von Maxey. A very special thank you to Pat and Bob O'dea - shelter volunteers that dedicated their time for this project in conjuction with TES. And of course - thank you to all the children and parents who participated!! Come back anytime!!
Volunteer Positions Available as of Aug 2013 :
MUST BE 18 OR OLDER
TUES-SAT 10-3 (ANYWHERE FROM 1 TO 5 HOURS IS FINE)
WINING AND DINING THE CATS, GROOMING, PLAYING, SOCIALIZING,ETC
MUST BE ABLE TO FREELY BEND AND REACH, WITHSTAND A SCRATCH EVERY NOW AND THEN, COMMIT TO A CERTAIN DAY/TIME, AND MUST LOVE CATS!
TUES-SAT 10-3 (AN HOUR OR MORE A DAY IS OKAY)
LEASHING UP DOGS, WALKING ON PROPERTY, OFF LEASH TIME IN PLAY YARDS, GROOMING, SOCIALIZING
MUST BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND TUGGING AND SUDDEN MOVEMENT, OUTSIDE WEATHER, WALKING DISTANCE, COMMIT TO A DAY AND TIME, AND MUST LOVE SLOPPY WET KISSES!
MON-FRI 10-3 (ALL FIVE HOURS ON ONE DAY A WEEK IS BEST)
WORKING REGISTER, CLEANING, PRICING, SORTING, ANSWERING PHONE, AND HELPING CUSTOMERS.
MUST BE ABLE TO COMMIT TO A SCHEDULE. ALL MONIES MADE GO DIRECTLY TO THE ANIMALS AT OUR SHELTER.
HELP NEEDED TO ORGANIZE, PARTICIPATE IN, SET UP FOR, ETC AT DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES FOR OUR SHELTER. COME TO OUR MEETINGS ON THE 2ND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 10 AM AT THE RESALE STORE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY.
CALL WITH QUESTIONS OR COME IN FOR AN APPLICATION!!