Volunteer

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.  Our volunteers make such a difference by enriching the animals’ time at the shelter and helping to place them in new homes.

Please note that all in-shelter volunteers (this does not include Events or Community Programs) are expected to commit for a minimum of six (6) months due to the amount of training involved.

Please read the role descriptions below. If you feel you are a good fit, please fill out our Volunteer Application and send a scanned copy via email to our Stratford Centre Manager at chris.jones@awasco.ca.

Please include in the email which days/times you would be available.

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer program!

Animal Care:  Adoption Cats

Age Requirement: 16+

Weekly Commitment: A minimum of 1 shift per week of 3 hours.

Shifts Available: Weekdays 8-11am.

 

Animal Care:  Adoption Dogs

Age Requirement: 16+

Weekly Commitment: A minimum of 1 shift per week of 3 hours.

Shifts Available: Weekdays 8-11am.

 

Canine Companion

Age Requirement: 18+

Weekly Commitment: A minimum of 1 shift per week of 2 hours.

Shifts available: TBD

 

Veterinary Clinic Assistant

Age Requirement: 16+

Weekly Commitment: 1 shift per week of 4 or 8 hours.

Shifts Available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays 8am-4pm or 12-4pm.

* If you are looking to pursue a career in the veterinary field, this position is for you! Please note that this position requires some animal and/or clinical experience.

 

Tender Loving Care (TLC) Volunteer

Age Requirement: 18+

Weekly Commitment: A minimum of 1 shift per week of 1 hour.

Shifts Available: TBD

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.