Volunteers play an important role in the shelter. They facilitate adoptions by getting to know the animals and helping adopters find their perfect match. They teach the high-spirited animals manners, coax the shyer ones and bathe and groom the ones who like getting their paws dirty. Volunteers spend time playing with the shelter animals and helping find them homes. And that's one of the best feelings in the world, paws down.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have a friendly demeanor, be able to effectively communicate with staff and citizens, and have the ability to work safely with animals. Applicants can submit a volunteer application form online, or mail or fax the form to Marion County Animal Services at 5701 SE 66th St., Ocala, FL 34480 (fax: 352-671-8717). Hours earned at Animal Services count toward scholarship and school requirements.
Open your heart and home to animals too young or too sick to be adopted by becoming a foster family. Raise or nurse to health kittens, cats, puppies and dogs and then bring them back to Animal Services so they can find forever homes.
If you'd like to be part of this rewarding program, fill out the foster application and submit electronically to us! If you'd prefer to fill it out by hand, select print, then fax it to 352-671-8717,or bring it in to the Animal Center (5701 SE 66th St., Ocala) during regular business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
If you'd like more information about the foster program, please call the Animal Center at 352-671-8700, or send us an email.
Youth foster program
High school students can gain community service hours by participating in our youth foster program. With a parent's approval and willingness to accept kittens into the family home, a student can gain ten (10) service hours per week to use towards graduation requirements.
All youth foster applicants must submit an application, which will then be reviewed by MCAS staff. If approved, students will be expected feed, water, clean, and socialize the kittens to ready them for adoption. Kittens will be returned to MCAS when they are eight weeks of age and healthy. Nursing kittens will not be available for this type of fostering, only kittens that have teeth and can eat solid food will be appropriate for this program. Students must be 16 years of age or older.
To apply for this program, please submit an application.
Our cats love these easy-to-make hammocks. Find step-by-step directions here.
To increase the comfort of our homeless dogs, we are in need of an upgraded dog beds. If you would like to help our dogs sleep a little better, please donate a Kuranda bed. The company doesn't charge shipping for donations to our shelter. Learn more and purchase one of these much needed items here.
Monetary donations benefit our Neuter Commuter, and shelter programs. Donate online here.
We have an Amazon wish list we update frequently to reflect our needs. All items will be shipped directly to our facility.