Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! The volunteer program at Lake City Humane Society is vital to our operation, and our volunteers are making an impact in many areas. Today, volunteers assist in the care of dogs and cats housed in our shelter, help place them in loving homes, and provide support for administrative functions & other shelter programs. 

How Volunteers Help

We here at LCHS are ALWAYS looking for volunteers to help us with our day to day tasks. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Deanna Law, at dlaw@lakecityhumane.org or 386.365.2924.

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Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

Must be able to commit to a weekly schedule.

Must be mature, dependable, and able to follow instructions.

Must be able to physically handle animals that weigh at least 35lbs.

Must be able to work independently.

Must be able to bend, squat, and kneel with no issue.

Must have reliable transportation.

Must have regular access to email and the internet.

If you are looking to complete court-ordered community service, this is not the correct application and process. Please call our Animal Services department at 386-752-4702, option # 1 to inquire about the proper procedure on community service.


Parents with children under 16 can contact us to find out about ways younger children can help the shelter.



All volunteers begin at Level 1 and as a "Shelter Support Volunteer." Volunteers at this level participate with:

  • Cleaning Kennels

  • Feeding Animals

  • Laundry & Dishes

  • Assist Customers with Adoption

  • Kennel & Shelter Upkeep


Interested in dog behavior? Playgroup volunteers get the opportunity to manage groups of dogs playing for their socialization, physical exercise, and enrichment. Playgroups are fun, interesting, and most importantly, the help our dogs stay relaxed and improve their adoptability. Volunteers can begin participating with Playgroups at Level II in a supportive role and move into more prominent roles with hands-on training with staff.


After completing at least 1 month of Level 1 & receiving additional training, volunteers have the opportunity to work with shelter animals in the adoption area. Volunteers in this role participate with:


  • Dog Walking and Kitty Cuddling

  • Animal Enrichment

  • Bathing

  • Animal Socialization

  • Field Trips & Special Events (taking dogs on outings!)

  • Playgroup Assistants


Our Thrift Volunteers assist with the day to day running of our thrift store which is a primary source of funding for the LCHS mission


  • Stock priced items on the shelves/racks/display cases

  • Clean, organize and declutter the displays

  • General cleaning of the main thrift store and back rooms

  • Hang clothes and organize hangers

  • Assist cashier with bagging purchased items

  • Other tasks may be assigned depending on ability.

  • Provide exceptional customer service.


Want to help out, but can't make a regular weekly commitment? Consider becoming one of our Special Events Volunteers. As a Special Events Volunteer, you'll get to:


  • Participate in Adoption Outreach Booths throughout the Community

  • Participate in special event and fund-raising activities such as:

    • Adopt-A-Thons

    • Tails and Trails - 5k, 10k, and 1-mile fun runs (annually)

    • Low-Cost Rabies & Microchip Clinics

    • Community Outreach and Humane Education Outings


The Vet Team Volunteer program was designed for pre-veterinary students and other individuals with an interest in the veterinary profession. The goal is to allow hands-on experience in the animal field. As a Vet Team Volunteer, you will get to assist our team with our in-house medical needs. Primary duties include:


  • Daily injections

  • Heartworm Test / Parvo Test / Other snap tests needed

  • Assisting with patient preparation for and recovery from surgery

  • Other duties may include assisting with animal exams, diagnostics, and treatments

  • Due to the nature of shelter medicine, the exact activities will vary by season


Do you have a DSLR camera, a good eye for photos, and a lot of patience? Studies have shown that a great picture on our website can be the key to getting a pet adopted. As an Animal Photographer, you will get to:


  • Take awesome animal photos with your own DSLR camera

  • Upload photos to our database for posting on our website

Do you want to make a big impact but don't have time to commit weekly?


Consider becoming a foster parent.


About Us

Lake City Humane Society, a private nonprofit organization, was formed in late 1964 to address animal welfare issues in our community. There was no animal shelter, and little attention was paid to the hundreds, if not thousands of animals that were picked up off the streets and killed if no one came to claim them.One city employee – the “dog catcher” was hired to catch and dispose of stray and unclaimed dogs in our area.

Contact Us

Lake City Humane Society Provides Animal Services and Pet Adoptions for Columbia County, Florida

1392 NW Shelter Glen

Lake City, FL 32055

Phone: 386-752-3191

Email: info@lakecityhumane.org

Hours of Operation:


Animal Services

Monday-Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Adoption Center:

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Tuesday - Friday:

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Every Other Saturday:

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Phone: 386-401-1063

Email: lchsclinic@lakecityhumane.org

© 2020 by Lake City Humane Society. All Rights Reserved Worldwide

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

Consumer Services Division: 

Address: 200 E Gaines St, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: (850) 413-3130

Lake city humane society  is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.