City of Surrey - Surrey Animal Resource Centre

MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 (corona virus) pandemic all volunteer training/onboarding at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre is temporarily suspended. 

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Surrey Animal Resource Centre!


We currently offer 3 volunteer intake sessions per year, in January, May & September.

The application process is for volunteers is as follows:

  • Complete the online application 
  • Sign up for & attend a General Information Session (Volunteer Intake Session) 
  • Submit two references (forms can be found on the homepage of under “Files” –> “reference forms”.)
  • Complete & Submit Police Information Check

Once those steps are complete you can sign up for a Orientation Session for the shelter program stream you would like to volunteer for: Dogs, Cats, or Small Animals. 

Volunteer Age Statement: Volunteers, who have not reached the age of 18 years, but are 14 years, are permitted to volunteer if their guardian is present at all times. The guardian is responsible for completing the application process and required training along with the minor.


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Mission Statement

Mission: To be an innovative team of animal care professionals serving the community with integrity, providing education and resources to make measurable improvements in responsible pet guardianship and compassion for animals.


The Surrey Animal Resource Centre’s values guide how we engage with our community, work with each other and care for animals.



We are honest, transparent, and accountable for our decisions.



We treat each other, and the people and animals we serve with respect, dignity, and compassion.




We seek to understand our community’s needs and actively work to achieve responsive, ethical solutions.



We actively seek evidence-based initiatives to guide our commitment for continuous growth.








We form strategic alliances with organizations that share our values and professional standards.