The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth

Welcome to our Homepage! Here you will see our active volunteer programs that we are recruiting for! Right now we are actively recruiting for both our General Foster Program as well as our Student Foster Program which is running exclusively through our Stratford Perth Location. 

If you are interested in joining our General Foster Program please follow the below link to our Foster Application page.

If you are interested in applying to the Student Foster Program please click the under "I would like to volunteer"

If you have any questions please reach out to Stacy McLellan, Volunteer Coordinator, at

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Volunteer Roles

Foster Care


Volunteers MUST be 18 years of age or older

Volunteers must reside in Waterloo Region or Stratford Perth

Volunteers with pets must show proof of spay/neuter, current vaccines and if they have a dog(s), a current license tag(s)

Volunteers, if renting, must show landlord consent for animals in the home

Volunteers must have a separate area for fosters

Volunteers must have the time to care for the animals

Volunteers must have access to transportation for vet appointments/ medical emergencies

Volunteers must also have a working email address

Volunteers must include 2 letters of reference along with their completed foster application

Student Foster Program

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Are you a high school student in Stratford Perth or the Kitchener Waterloo area (including surrounding townships of Woolwich, Wellesley and Wilmot) looking for ways to complete your community service hours? Would you like to play an important role in the lives of cats and small animals in your community. Would you like to help them by providing a safe space for them to stay until they are ready to find their forever home?

If you love cats and small animals and would like to support them on their journey to finding their forever homes, then check out our Stratford Perth Student Foster Program! As one of our student foster caregivers and under the supervision of a parent or guardian, you can earn your community involvement hours by being a foster caregiver to one of our cats or small animals.


  • must be at least 14 years of age or older
  • must reside in the Stratford Perth or Kitchener Waterloo area
  • If you currently have pet(s) you must provide proof of spay/neuter, current vaccines and if you have dog(s) or cat(s) you must have current license tag(s).
    • this is to ensure your animal at home is safe and do not get sick when the new foster comes into the home
  • must have consent of parent/guardian to participate in the program and have a foster animal in the home.
  • must have a separate area for fosters
    • A separate room or dedicated space allows your foster to slowly explore their new environment while having a safe space to go to.
  • must have the time to care for the animals
  • must have access to a car ride for vet appointments/ medical emergencies
    • Vet appointments will be completed at the Stratford Perth location. Medical Emergencies are supported at the Emergency Clinic in Kitchener
  • must also have a working email address
  • must provide 2 letters of reference at the time of their interview

Mission Statement

We are leaders in animal welfare in our communities, focusing on the responsible treatment of animals through education, compliance, advocacy and care