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 between 8am-8:30pm for a minimum of six (6) months. These shifts run every day and on statutory holidays. Available shift times are:
- Morning: 8-10am, 10am-12pm
- Afternoon: 12-2pm or 2-4pm
- Evening: 4-6pm
- Night: 7-8:30pm (by invitation only)
Please note that volunteers will not be recruited unless the minimum commitment can be made.
All new volunteers begin as Small Animal Welfare Attendants and must attend a Small Animal Welfare Workshop. After gaining experience, volunteers accumulate responsibility and may choose to join either the cat program or the dog program. (Joining both is possible, but volunteers must commit to two shifts per week- one per program). In the cat program, Cat Welfare Attendants are responsible for the welfare of both the small animals and the cats. 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 cat and/or dog program.
- At least 12 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. Buddy Training (the first shift) and the Small Animal Welfare Workshop (usually held on a Saturday)
- Able to attend all required training sessions if joining the cat and/or dog program
Youth Volunteers (aged 12-15): Youth volunteers aged 12-15 must volunteer with a legal parent/guardian. Please apply under the parent/guardian and in the "first name" field of the application, put the names of the parent/guardian and the youth. For example, the "first name" field could read: John (dad) & Megan (daughter) for a parent/youth pair.
Parents/guardians will have the same commitments as their youth. Parents/guardians are expected to attend the same training and the same shifts. Parents/guardians and their youth will be working together as a team when volunteering.