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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


3519 Drance St.Port CharlotteCharlotte Harbor, FL 33980


Position title: Dog Walker

Estimated hours: varies per volunteer and availability


Attend a volunteer orientation held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 11:45 a.m. in the shelter’s conference room

Attend a basic dog walker training class held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in the shelter’s conference room.

Shadow an experienced dog walker for 5 hours before walking a dog solo & only dogs that are easy to walk

With experience & approval, walk dogs that are harder to handle

Make certain you are wearing your volunteer nametag & whistle

Must be able to control a dog, large or small, from the time it is taken out of its kennel until it is returned to its kennel.

Bend down on one knee

Blow a whistle

Pick up dog poop with a plastic bag

Shorts must be at least knee length

Close-toed shoes only


Be at the shelter from 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. for the morning cleaning or from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon dog walking

Be aware of other dogs being walked inside the kennel and outside the adoption building.

Keep dogs at least 10 feet apart at all times.

Walk dogs on prong collars

Check kennel doors for special handling instructions

Know the dog’s color code:

  • Green - easy to walk
  • Blue - larger dog and somewhat stronger
  • Red - large dog that is very strong and hard to walk or a dog that is new to the adoption building

Know the dog walker color codes:

  • Green - new dog walkers or dog walkers who should only walk small dogs that are easy to walk
  • Blue - moderately experienced dog walker approved to walk dogs rated at blue & green
  • Red - experienced dog walker approved to walk dogs that are large and very strong & can walk dogs rated red, blue, or green


  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 or more hours per week

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