Volunteering and Fostering Information


Please contact Crystal A. Wallace, Operations Supervisor at (352) 746-8401 or email crystal.wallace@citrusbocc.com for more information regarding fostering. Must be at least 18 years of age.

By becoming a foster caregiver to our shelter animals you get the chance to spend quality time with some tiny kittens, teach a dog how to love and be loved, assist an injured cat or dog to get back on their feet, or lend a loving hand to animals recuperating after surgery. Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, for the pet, and you, and it saves animals lives in a very direct way.

Training is required to become a foster caregiver. If you would like to become someone who fosters our shelter animals, please contact our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator.


Please contact Crystal A. Wallace, Operations Supervisor at (352) 746-8401 or email crystal.wallace@citrusbocc.com for more information regarding volunteer opportunities. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Volunteer Application

*Volunteer applications must be approved in person. Please bring photo identification.

Volunteer Job Descriptions:

Policies & Procedures

Other Ways To Help

  • Volunteers for photographing pets for adoption
  • Gardening
  • Filing
  • Data entry
  • Copying and general office work
  • If you know someone struggling financially, offer to help them spay or neuter their pet before unwanted puppies and kittens are born! There are several low cost programs available. Please call our office for more information.

If we can offer clean and healthy dogs and cats to the citizens of Citrus County, the animals will sell themselves. Please help us… help them! Volunteer generously from your heart and soul. Together we can accomplish anything!


  • Volunteers are the backbone of operations for Animal Services. With an economy that does not currently allow for increases in staff, volunteers bridge the gap between good animal care and exceptional animal care.
  • When our dogs and cats are clean and well groomed, their chances for adoption increase. We need volunteers who are willing to bathe, brush, and fulfill the most basic grooming requirements to accomplish this mission. All of the animals feel so much better when their coat is clean and flea free. Volunteer dog washers are always needed.
  • Because many of the animals that come to the shelter are accustomed to human contact, volunteers have the opportunity to provide a continuity of socialization for the animals that will ultimately afford them a greater opportunity for adoption. Our volunteers can offer the animals the care and affection that they desperately need, and deserve, until we can place them in their forever homes.
  • Dog walking is essential to the emotional well being of the dogs especially. Many of the dogs that come to our shelter are housebroken, and will wait for long periods of time so as not to soil their kennel. This is unhealthy and very uncomfortable for the dog. In addition, dogs that are confined to the kennels for extended period of time will become “cage crazy” and suffer emotionally. Our volunteer dog walkers play a very important part in keeping the dogs socialized and healthy.