Volunteers are individuals who are committed to a cause; they bring dedication and an invaluable contribution to the Animal Welfare Field. Volunteers play a significant role in the health and well-being of animals in our care through means of physical and emotional assistance. They embody compassion and are giving of themselves without compensation or wage for the benefit of animals in need. Through their efforts the Stratford-Perth Humane Society will continue to benefit from their generosity, thus allowing us to work together to achieve a common goal.

To Get Involved:

Due to the volume of applicants and staff vacations, we are not accepting applications at this time.  We will be re-posting available positions beginning September 15, 2017.

All of our current volunteer opportunities are listed below. Please note that at this time, our community service and youth volunteer program is suspended. We are currently looking for long-term volunteers to fill the roles below. If we do not have a position to match your skills, please continue to check back as our site is updated to reflect current shelter needs. Thank you for your interest!

For Volunteer Program information, download a copy of our volunteer manual at the bottom of this page.

Want to volunteer? Please fill out a Volunteer Application

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.

Counsellor in Training

The purpose of this volunteer position is to assist our camp staff with maintaining a welcoming and controlled camp environment. This position for youth ages 14 to 16 will contribute to the 40-hours worth of community involvement required for secondary school graduation. Counsellors in training will gain experience in a fast-paced camp environment, working closely with children and some of our center animals!

This sort of experience will be an exceptional addition to your resume and also increase your chance for being hired as full-time camp counsellor the following year.

If you have a positive, outgoing attitude and you want to gain experience in a leadership role, then apply to be a counsellor in training for one of our camps! Counsellor in training positions are offered for our March Break Animaniacs Day Camp and our Summer Animaniacs Day Camp.

To apply for an upcoming position as a CIT for camp, fill out an application below and send it to kim.mcdonald@awasco.ca

Counsellor in training duties:

  • Assist camp staff with the morning set-up and end-of-day cleaning
  • Responsible for supervising camp group when counsellor is not present
  • Reporting to humane education coordinator/camp director about health or behavioral problems with campers
  • Responsible for assisting camp staff with maintaining a positive, energetic environment for all of the campers
  • Take part in games and activities, including set-up/take down
  • Ensure safety measures and humane society policies are implemented at all times

Counsellor in training position requirements:

Applicants must be 14 to 16 years of age and must be able to commit to 35 hours a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applicants must:

  • be comfortable in a leadership role
  • be able to follow direction
  • possess an outgoing, positive attitude
  • be comfortable interacting with children and ensuring they are all treated equally
  • be comfortable supervising your camp group on your own periodically
  • be comfortable handling all types of animals