Animal Wellness Program
Please click on the button on the right to submit an application to volunteer with us in the Animal Wellness Program!
These critical supporters work hands-on with the animals in our care, help visitors make educated decisions about pet guardianship, help with reception duties and so much more. If you are comfortable speaking to the public and don't mind light cleaning duties, we encourage you to apply.
We encourage Animal Wellness volunteers to work with the different types of animals that come to our branch. To this end, we have opportunities for working with small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and other rodents), cats and dogs. All shifts consist of animal time that is spent socializing with the animals and cleaning duties where volunteers assist in washing dishes, litter boxes, doing laundry or other tasks around the shelter.
We firmly believe that volunteers are essentially unpaid part-time staff, and are working hard on integrating our volunteer team with our staff team. Volunteers support the staff and the staff support the volunteers. Everyone is expected to work together to help keep the branch functioning and ultimately, ensure that the animals receive the best care and welfare possible.
Animal Wellness volunteers come for a regularly scheduled two (2) hour shift per week for a minimum of six (6) months. These shifts run every day and on statutory holidays. Available shift times are:
- Morning: 9:00am to 11:00am
- Afternoon: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Please note that volunteers will not be recruited unless the minimum commitment can be made.
All new volunteers must start by attending a new volunteer orientation, and then a group training shift and will be paired up with a staff or season volunteer for their first shift. In the Animal Wellness program, Volunteers are responsible for the welfare of both the small animals and the cats. Your time will be split between cleaning/administrative tasks, and hands on time with the animals. Although the general split is 50/50, the needs of the shelter and staff vary day to day, and some shift may require more or less hands on time with the animals. After gaining experience, volunteers accumulate responsibility and may choose to progress to the dog program. In the dog program, Dog Walkers are responsible for the welfare of both the small animals and the dogs. Volunteers must take additional training upon joining the dog program.
- At least 16 years old (those aged 16-18 will need parental consent to volunteer)
- Able to commit to a weekly 2-hour shift for a minimum commitment period of 6 months
- Able to attend all required training sessions, i.e. Group Training Shift & Individual Training Shift.