St. Augustine Humane Society seeks new volunteers


The St. Augustine Humane Society's Wellness Clinic is seeking dedicated and hardworking volunteers who have a passion for helping animals.

The local organization promotes healthy, responsible, lifelong pet ownership by serving the medical and rehabilitative needs of companion animals in the community. Its programs are designed to strengthen human-pet relationships by reducing the need for pets to enter shelters. The goal of the St. Augustine Humane Society is to encourage the humane treatment of animals, prevent overpopulation and end animal cruelty.

One of the resources offered by the Humane Society is its low-cost Wellness Clinic, which provides care to pets that might not otherwise receive the help they need.

“There are so many people who are experiencing hardships and aren’t able to take their pet to a private practice clinic,” recovery tech volunteer Sally Solana said. “But they can access the care they need here. It’s great that we can help them.”

Volunteers play an important role in ensuring the success of the Wellness Clinic. One of the positions, the recovery tech, allows volunteers to monitor pets during the recovery period immediately after surgery. In the Wellness Clinic, pet advocates assist clients and their pets throughout the process, ensuring pets receive the medical attention they need during their visit.

“I love helping animals, but cannot adopt any more pets,” Wellness Clinic volunteer Susan Fichte said. “This position is great because I get to provide individual attention to each animal when they come in, loving on them and caring for them, and they go home to their families at the end of the day.”

No medical or veterinary experience is necessary, as on-the-job training is provided to all volunteers.

Currently, the spay/neuter program operates on Tuesdays, and the Wellness Clinic is open Wednesdays and Thursdays. New volunteers are encouraged to start soon, before expansion begins.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Humane Society should contact Mike Murphy at or call (904) 829-2737 ext. 111. For more information about the St. Augustine Humane Society, visit