PRC Volunteer Services

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Pet Resource Center relies on teams of trained, responsible volunteers to provide enrichment and extra care to our shelter dogs and cats as well as extra support to help keep the shelter running smoothly.


Help us in our mission to be an innovative, national leader in public pet sheltering that provides sustainable lifesaving programs for homeless pets.


We look forward to meeting you!


What's Next?

  • Step 1: View the positions we are currently recruiting for - do they fit your availability and your passion?
  • Step 2: Submit an application (subject to background check and age requirements. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and we are not currently accepting Court Ordered Community Service. All volunteers must agree to PRC's Volunteer Waiver)
  • Step 3: We will contact you to set up an Orientation Interview.
  • Step 4: Get ready for tail wags and purrs!


Questions? E-mail PRCVolunteer@HCFL.Gov We accept volunteers 18 years of age and older; we have limited Bright Futures shifts available for students 16 years of age and older.


Unable to come into the shelter at this time but still want to be involved? Consider joining our PRC Foster Squad (#PRCFOSTERSQUAD).

E-mail FosterPets@HCFL.Gov for more information.

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Volunteers Assist in Many Ways, Including:

One-Time Volunteer Group

One-time Volunteer Groups

Have a group looking to for a volunteer project?! PRC is always interested in partnering with local clubs, schools, community groups, and businesses to help contribute to the efficiency of PRC. Groups are able to assist with laundry, dishes, gardening, enrichment, donation help, and special projects. We generally do not allow volunteer groups to work directly with the animals as those tasks require advanced training. However, there is always the opportunity to be around the animals and meet a few taken out by staff and trained volunteers while here!!! All jobs at PRC help contribute to the well-being of all our animals and finding them the best fur-ever homes possible!!

Group shifts are currently available Monday thru Saturday from 8am – 5pm. Volunteers will work out schedules with the Volunteer Manager prior to beginning volunteering.

Qualifications for this Activity: None

More Information: E-mail us at 

Foster Program

Are you an expert at giving love and attention to animals?

Our foster squad volunteers provide much-needed temporary homes for animals who require extra love and support before becoming available for adoption.

This can include animals such as orphaned kittens, nursing mothers, recovering surgery patients, and pets who need help correcting their behavior.

Hillsborough County - Foster a Pet

Cat Volunteering

Love Cats? So Do We!

Our Cat Team

Assists Daily; 10am-1pm or 1pm-5pm

Help adopters select a new feline family member, provide appropriate enrichment toys, spot clean kennels and help keep our cats engaged and Fear Free!

Cat Ambassador Job Description


Play Group Retriever

Time to Let Dogs Socialize!

Play Group Retrievers

Fetch dogs for social time on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri or Sat: 8:45am - Noon

Retrievers play an integral part in our shelter dogs emotional, physical and behavioral well being by bringing dogs to and from the play yard for Play Group.  Play Group helps us meet our goal of every dog receiving out of kennel time (Every Dog, Every Day) and allows our dogs to express normal behavior under the Five Freedoms.  Be a part of the Play Group Team by becoming a Retriever!  

Play Group Retriever Job Description

ROMP - Receiving Outside Meaningful Playtime

Help Our Dogs ROMP!


Assists Sunday - Saturday: 1:45pm - 5:30pm

It is a PRC Enrichment goal that all dogs receive social time with both canine friends and people friends.  Help build our dogs people skills by volunteering as an In Yard Socializer; spending 20 - 30 min of one on one time with a dog, noting favorite toys and games and working on assigned skills if given by the ROMP Staff Lead.

ROMP Job Description

Shelter Support

Help Us Stay Spic and Span!

Shelter Support

Assists Everyday, various shifts for individual activities.

Do you enjoy a fluffy, clean blanket fresh out of the laundry?  So do our dogs and cats!  Help keep beds, blankets and towels clean and ready to be used and keep enrichment items and food and water bowls clean, sanitized and ready to use. Or maybe you're good at organizing and distributing items such as donations. We have several positions to help keep our dogs and cats happy and healthy!

Veterinary Services

Do you have Veterinary School experience or in school currently?

We have loads of opportunities in our Vet Services Department to help our "Dog-tors!" You'll get hands on experience as well as theoretical training in this role - you'll see everything from cats to dogs! Opportunities include:

  • CVA volunteering
  • CVT volunteering
  • Pre-Vet volunteering
  • DVM volunteering
  • General Vet Services assistance
  • Instrument Cleaning and Prepping


Volunteer Services Mission Statement & PRC Core Values

The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (PRC) is a collaborative governmental function with a strong commitment to our community and its pets. PRC works transparently through creative, empowered teams with a strong sense of accountability to provide the best possible outcomes for pets within our community. We value compassion, respect, understanding, education, and continuous improvement in our work to provide judgement free services to the people and pets of our community.

We Value Quality of Care and Quality of Life

Provide quality care by treating every pet as an individual with empathy, compassion and a positive attitude.

We Value Commitment to the Community

Focus on community and pet support in a truly judgement-free setting allowing equal access, providing community outreach and education, and providing the best customer service.

We Value Responsibility and Accountability

Expect accountability by empowering each other to do the right the thing, be responsible for our own actions, respect each other and be dedicated to the mission.

We Value Continuous Improvement

Cultivate innovation with continuous learning, creativity and continuous improvement to be the best we can be.

We Value Collaboration and Teamwork

Commit to furthering the PRC mission thorough teamwork and collaboration, welcoming all that share the same goals.

We Value Transparency

Build community trust though transparency and openness.

PRC Volunteer Team Vision

To work collaboratively with all shelter departments to decrease pet relinquishment, increase adoptions, provide the best welfare while in our care and expand pet resources available to the community.


Be a part of our Team!