To Get Involved:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the SPHS to give your time and love to the animals in our care.  We rely on our wonderful volunteers to help with many aspects of our shelter operations.  Without our volunteers, we couldn’t do all the good things we do.  Our volunteers make such a difference by enriching the animals’ time at the shelter and helping to place them in new homes.
We are extremely fortunate to consistently receive an overwhelming response from individuals who want to be a part of our program.  Available positions may include:  Animal Care, Feline Play Therapy, Canine Companion, Centre Cleaning, Reception, Event helpers, and more.
For more information, drop into the Centre and speak to our Centre Manager, Chris Jones.
Thank you again for your interest in donating your time and love to the care of the animals at the SPHS.

Animal Fostering Program

What is Foster Care?

The definition of foster is: “to promote the growth and development of an individual.” The SPHS relies on the dedication of Foster Volunteers to aid in the recovery of animals who may not be ready for adoption due to medical or behavioral reasons. Foster volunteers temporarily care for animals in their home until the animals are ready to be placed up for adoption.

All vet costs and supplies including food, litter, medications, examinations, and prescription diets are provided by the SPHS.

This program is perfect for those who may not be able to commit to an animal for its entire life.

Foster care at SPHS

Being a foster caregiver is a rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating and challenging at times. If you are looking for a for an experience that is truly rewarding, consider becoming a member of the SPHS Foster Care Team.

Foster Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Volunteers must reside in Waterloo Region.
  • Volunteers with pets must show proof of spay or neuter and current vaccinations.
  • Volunteers must have a separate room to isolate a foster animal.
  • Volunteer must have time to care for foster animals.
  • Volunteers must have access to a vehicle.
  • Complete the Foster Volunteer Application.
  • Send the application via email to: fostering@awasco.ca or fax to: 519-273-7319.

Volunteers suitable for the program will be contacted for an interview.