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Thank you for your interest in the Guelph Humane Society Volunteer!

Volunteers are the heart of the Guelph Humane Society. Volunteers donate their precious time in virtually every department of the organization and allow us to continue to provide the services we do. The work of our dedicated volunteers contributes to our goals to make every day special for the deserving pets who are waiting to find loving homes and so much more!

To find out how you can become a volunteer, keep reading!

We are proud of our diverse Volunteer Team and welcome people with all levels of abilities to join. To begin, the process is easy! Each Volunteer specifies their potential availability and which role you would like to assist. Due to limited availability, please check all that interests you. Your choices will be discussed with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Step One

Basic Requirements for Volunteers:

  • Volunteers must be able to commit to the minimum term of the role in which they are applying for. Please see minimum term per role. Remember it’s not only the staff that rely on you, it’s the animals!
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to work alone. There are some limitations regarding Volunteers working alone under the age of 18yrs.
  • The Minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old and must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian and commit to the time requirement of the position applying for.
  • If you match all the above, the next step is to choose how you want to spend your time.

    Which sounds the most rewarding way to you?

    Step Two

    Roles of the Volunteers at the Guelph Humane Society are as follows, although not limited to:

    Avian Enricher

    (Works with birds)

    These Volunteers provide the daily needs and love for these intelligent and entertaining creatures until they are adopted into forever homes.

    • Time commitment is 1 hour per week on a regular weekly shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

    Small Animal Nurturer and Trainer

    (Works with rodents, rabbits and any other small mammals)

    Volunteers play an essential role in the lives of our small domestics. Focus is on enrichment and encouraging positive handling, thus making them better prepared to become a part of a loving family.

    • Time commitment is 2 hours per week on a regular weekly shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

    Feline Well-being Assistant

    (Works with the cats)

    Volunteers provide cats with reassurance, affection and comfort during their time of need. Volunteers also assist the public and answer their questions about our facility and the adoption process.

    • Time commitment is 2 hours per week on a regular weekly shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

     

    Cleanliness Cat Crew

    (Assisting Animal Care Staff)

    Keeping the Humane Society running smoothly, and making sure that each cat has access to clean bedding, dishes, and enclosures, requires the help of many volunteers. This is a great role for volunteers who may not be comfortable working directly with the cats but want to help make a difference in an animal’s life.

    • Time commitment is 2 hours, every two weeks on a regular shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

    Companion Animal Chauffeurs

    (Working alongside Cattery and Kennel Managers)

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Access to a vehicle Full Ontario G license

    Volunteer drivers play a critical role in transporting our animals to and from local veterinary clinics for their spay and neuter appointments. If you love animals and driving, this may be the role for you!

    • Time commitment is 2 hours per week on a regular weekly shift.
    • Morning or late day preference offered.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

     

    Canine Enrichment Specialists

    (Assisting our Behaviour, Enrichment and Rescue Coordinator)

    Unfortunately, some of our pooches arrive with a lack of manners. Working alongside our B.E.R. Coordinator and the theory of positive reinforcement training, these dogs bloom and find wonderful homes with dedicated families. If you have experience with training or equivalent experience, we are always happy for the help.

    • Time commitment is 2 hours per week on a regularly weekly shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

    Canine Cleanliness Crew

    (Assisting Animal Care Staff)

    This position involves the daily cleaning of the dog’s kennels, including the hosing, feeding, bathing and much, much more. This rewarding volunteer role would suit applicants who love dogs and are committed to improving their welfare.

    • Time commitment is 2 hours per week on a regularly weekly shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.
    • 9am start time or 4pm start time.

     

    Canine Companions

    (Works with dogs)

    This rewarding volunteer role would suit any applicants wishing to gain experience in the animal industry, people that love dogs, and anyone looking for a worthwhile way to spend their spare time.

    • Time commitment is 2 hours per week on a regularly weekly shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

    Wildlife Rescue Driver

    (Working alongside Animal Protection Department)

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Access to a vehicle Full Ontario G license

    A vital role for the sick, injured or orphaned wildlife that enter our doors each year, Wildlife Rescue Drivers are crucial in transporting animals to and from the different accredited rehabilitation centers!

    There is no set time commitment with volunteer driving, aside from a minimum 4 month commitment. When an animal is in need and the GHS needs a driver, an email will be sent out to everyone on the list. This is a quick way for us to get in touch with a mass of people instead of calling one by one, although if phone calls are the preferred method of contact, we can certainly make those calls happen!

     

    Event Volunteers

    (Working alongside GHS Event Coordinator)

    Day of event support

    The GHS is a non-profit organization and to continue our success we need the help of dedicated animal lovers that are dependable and committed!

    This role is suitable for volunteers with an irregular schedule, as there is a diverse range of events the Guelph Humane Society participates in throughout the year.

    Event Committee Volunteers

    (Working alongside GHS Event Coordinator)

    Planning stages, day of and closing of events support It's an ambitious undertaking each year to raise the necessary funds to operate our Humane Society!

     

    Did you know that the GHS cares for approximately 3000 animals each year?

    Our dynamic and creative Events and Fundraising Team helps to organize some of our annual events. If you already have or would like to gain more fundraising experience, this is the team for you! Timing is flexible for this role, and regular team meetings help keep team members connected during the year. You are able to sign up for one event at a time, if preferred.

    Reception Assistance

    (Working alongside our reception team)

    • 18 years of age or older

    Our reception team is the frontline to the public entering the GHS. Important to this role is a friendly and helpful personality. Duties include but not limited to; answering the phone, taking messages, greeting the public and so much more!

    • Time commitment is 4 hours, every two weeks on a regular shift.
    • Minimum 4 month commitment required, with regular attendance.

    Building Repairs & Maintenance

    (Working alongside Maintenance Department)

    If you have carpentry, plumbing or other maintenance skills we could use your assistance with minor repairs and maintenance at the GHS for things like building shelves, plumbing repairs, painting, etc.

    This is an on-call basis, however drop-ins will always be appreciated.

     

    Do you have a special skillset that you feel would benefit the GHS that you would like to share? Please don’t hesitate to contact our Volunteer Coordinator today!

    Whatever your choice, volunteering your time is tremendously rewarding, and we invite you to come and see what we mean!

    Step Three

    The next step is:

    Filling out the application form online Click here

    Or by visiting our facility to pick up a printed copy

    Obtain a letter of reference to be included with your application. The letter of reference can be a personal or professional character reference. Your letter can be handed in person, or emailed to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@guelphhumane.ca.

    Once you have submitted your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will typically be in touch within 14 days to review your application and to set a date for orientation. Please understand that at certain times of the year there may be a higher than usual volume of interest and there may be some delays.

    Please note that if you have completed and submitted a Volunteer Application in the past and have not been contacted, we strongly encourage you to submit a new one. We apologize for the inconvenience during the reshaping of our volunteer process.

    Volunteer Application Checklist

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