CA Humane Volunteering

Volunteers provide an important role in the operations of CA Humane.

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Volunteers are an important part of the Central Alberta Humane Society. We need volunteers to help with our events and also to assist with everyday operations.

All of the volunteer positions we have are important to us and especially to the animals. It is critical for the animals to have the love, affection, exercise, and socialization they deserve.

By volunteering at the Central Alberta Humane Society, you can add to the quality of animals' lives and enhance the quality of your life too! As the largest animal welfare organization in central Alberta, we rely on the assistance of volunteers to care for the many animals that are in our care. Our beautiful new center allows us to provide a wonderful environment for our guest pets and the volunteers who interact with them.

Become a Volunteer

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Central Alberta Humane Society is invited to complete a volunteer application form and waivers.

Only fully completed applications (including all personal information, email, availability, preferences, signatures and waivers) will be processed. Incomplete applications will be destroyed!

When the application is complete, please return it to the reception team at CA Humane.  You will be contacted when a volunteer opportunity meeting your availability and preferences becomes available. Some volunteer positions are in high demand and therefore submission of an application does not guarantee placement.  We do our very best to support all applications.

Volunteer Application

Assisted Volunteer Application

Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least fourteen years old to volunteer at our Humane Education and Animal Welfare Center. Please note there are age restrictions/limitations when working with CA Humane dogs.  Please refer to the Youth Volunteer Club Application for ages 9-13.
  • Most of our volunteer opportunities require a minimum time commitment. This commitment varies based on the program; however most animal enrichment programs require a minimum of two hours each week. Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to give more time than the minimum requirement. Our center is open every day, year round for our volunteers.
  • Volunteers must attend an orientation and program specific training prior to volunteering. If an applicant is under 18, we require his/her parent or guardian’s authorization to enroll in the program.

We recognize that children are excited to give some of their time to help the animals.  Starting October 2014 we introduce a special 10 week youth volunteerism program for ages 9-13.  W will offer a fun yet educational opportunity for kids to learn and participate in shelter activities.  Please complete the Youth volunteer application located on this page.

Our younger supporters are encouraged to introduce the Coins for Critters program to their school to help raise funds for our animals in care.

Volunteer Hours

Our center is open to volunteers during the following times:

Monday to Sunday: 9AM - 6PM
 Closed Thursdays, Fridays & Stat Holidays

Not all positions are available at all times. Please refer to volunteer job descriptions for general availability or contact the Volunteer Coordinator for current openings.

Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, screening, and referring volunteers to supervisors within CA Humane. The coordinator acts as a liaison between volunteers and staff and is a resource for volunteers should any problems, questions, or concerns arise regarding a volunteer position or should a volunteer desire reassignment.

Please feel free to contact the coordinator at any time.

Volunteer Coordinator
403-342-7722 ext 216 
volunteer@cahumane.com

Volunteer Opportunities

Canine Kennel Companion

Spending time in the kennel doesn’t seem so boring if a friend is by your side. Canine kennel companions’ complete duties similar to our animal care staff, but have the luxury of spending additional one-on-one time with our canines. Spending that extra time with the dogs will help them adjust to presence of people and give them some additional outdoor time.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation .
  • Comfortable with dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments.
  • Able to handle and control larger breed dogs and dogs with little or no leash training.
  • Must be able to handle the clean up of pet waste (feces and urine).
  • A genuine love of small animals and a concern for the welfare of animals that is consistent with the philosophies of CA Humane.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Sign out each dog prior to each session; place companion sign on kennel
  • Maintain kennel / socialize each dog in your pod for 20mins at a time
  • Place dog in outdoor play pen/li>
  • Pick up feces, mop out kennel, change wet blankets, throw out broken toys
  • Play, brush & socialize with the dog inside/outside of their kennel,
  • Empty dirty mop bucket and place mop head in dirty laundry bin
  • Assist public with kennel card information; refer public to staff for questions
  • Strictly adhere to all animal handling and safety protocols as outlined by CA Humane

Time commitment: Minimum of 3 months of weekly sessions
Frequency of commitment: Weekly (Same time and day each week)
Session length: Minimum of 2 hours
Accessibility: 10am-4pm Monday through Sunday, excluding Stat Holidays

Role Description

Cash Cans

The Central Alberta Humane Society requires volunteers to monitor our coin boxes at several locations in Red Deer and the surrounding communities. The coin boxes are an important part of our ongoing fundraising efforts and they also play an important role in promoting the Society.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Excited about working with the public
  • Wonderful smile and willingness to help when needed
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Record all hours and submit them monthly to the Cash Can Coordinator
  • Check on assigned coin box locations
  • Collect coins from cash cans and return the money to the CA Humane receptionist
  • Ensure the coin boxes look professional, are located in a prominent location and are at no time more than half full
  • Return any broken boxes to the shelter for repair
  • Deliver coin boxes to any new locations

Time commitment: Flexible
Frequency of commitment: Flexible
Session length: Variable, depending on locations
Accessibility: Flexible

Role Description

Cat Cuddling

Would you rather talk to cats than to people? Then this job is for you! Our cats need loving interaction with people. Cat Cuddling volunteers provide essential playtime, brushing, TLC, social interaction, and love for our shelter cats to keep them happy and healthy during their stay. Become a Cat Volunteer and you’ll be the Cat’s Meow!

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 14 years of age.
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation and Cat Cuddling training.
  • Comfortable with cats of all sizes and temperaments.
  • A genuine love of cats and a concern for the welfare of animals that is consistent with the philosophies of Central Alberta Humane Society.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Spend time petting, bushing and playing with the cats in one of our free roam cat communities
  • Strictly adhere to all animal handling and safety protocols as outlined by CA Humane

Time commitment: Minimum 3 month commitment
Frequency of commitment: Weekly (same day and time each week)
Session length: Minimum of 1 hour
Accessibility: 9AM - 5PM Monday through Sunday, excluding Stat Holidays

Role Description

Licensed Groomer

Pawsitively gorgeous! We are looking for licensed and experienced certified pet groomers willing to volunteer some time on behalf of our furry friends in preparation for adoption. It's hard to feel good when it's time for a clip and trim, and we want our guest pets to be in good hands to help them look and feel their best.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Must have certification and experience as a licensed groomer.
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation.
  • Comfortable with dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments.
  • A genuine love of all animals and a concern for the welfare of animals that is consistent with the philosophies of CA Humane.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Bathe and brush animals on the grooming list
  • Perform other grooming techniques (ie. shaving, nail clipping, etc.) at the request of the Animal Care Manager
  • Follow cleaning protocols (as specified by CA Humane) and adhere to safety animal handling guidelines at all times
  • Communicate in through the communication log

Time commitment: Minimum 3 month commitment
Frequency of commitment: Weekly
Session length: Minimum of 2 hours
Accessibility: 9AM-5PM Monday - Sunday

Role Description

Disaster Team

As disasters devastate the lives and property of more and more individuals in our world, the Central Alberta Humane Society disaster team services and the volunteers trained to provide them are needed now more than ever.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Professional in demeanour with excellent customer service skills
  • Excited about working with the public
  • Wonderful smile and willingness to help where ever you are needed
  • Ability to work with confidential information and understanding the importance of maintaining confidentiality
  • Be energetic and have strong interpersonal skills
  • A genuine love of animals and a concern for the welfare of animals that is consistent with the philosophies of CA Humane

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Keep Disaster Team Information Folder up to date and accessible at all times
  • Call to mobilize other disaster team volunteers when instructed to do so by CA Humane Disaster Team Coordinator
  • Assist CA Humane in responding to local disaster incidents to assist in the provision of local emergency disaster services for animals
  • Load, organize and distribute supplies required for the relief operation as needed

Time commitment: Flexible
Frequency of commitment: On Call
Session length: Minimum of 2 hours
Accessibility: Variable, depending on event

Role Description

Dog Walker

Get moving outdoors this year and provide exercise for the dogs in our adoption center. As descendents of migratory pack animals, exercise and socialization is essential for a dog’s well being. Add in the stress of shelter life and this need in greatly intensified. By becoming a volunteer dog walker you will be giving a dog exercise, some one-on-one attention, and a much need break from his kennel. It’s a very rewarding way to be active!

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation and Dog Walking Training Session.
  • Willing to work in all kinds of weather.
  • Comfortable with dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments
  • Able to handle and control larger breed dogs and dogs with little or no leash training.
  • A genuine love of all dogs and a concern for the welfare of animals that is consistent with the philosophies of CA Humane
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements without direct assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Sign out each dog prior to each session
  • Take dogs one at a time for an on-leash walk
  • Strictly adhere to all animal handling and safety protocols as outlined by CA Humane

Time commitment: Minimum of 3 months of weekly sessions
Frequency of commitment: Weekly. (Same time and day each week)
Session length: Minimum of 2 hours
Accessibility: 9AM-5PM Monday through Sunday, excluding Stat Holidays

Role Description

Foster Care Provider

Our goal is to place the many animals that need the extra TLC while waiting to be adopted. There are many reasons that an animal may need to be placed into the Foster Care Program. They may need nurturing because they are too young to go onto the adoption floor, be injured or sick and need a home for rehabilitation, or have social issues that need a loving hand and a little time.

The Central Alberta Humane Society also provides foster care for animals placed in our emergency boarding program. These animals belong to forever homes and will return to their families once things have settled. In the mean time foster parents will love and care for the animals until they are able to return home.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Complete the volunteer orientation.
  • Complete the Foster Care Program training.
  • Provide a dedicated indoor space that is easy to disinfect to keep foster animal(s) isolated from your own companion animals, if necessary.
  • Pass a security check and home inspection.
  • If you own animals, they must be up to date on vaccines.
  • Be willing and able to administer medication to, and provide exercise, training and socialization for all animals in your care.
  • Be willing and able to transport the animals to and from CA Humane and area veterinary clinics for scheduled appointments.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Sign out each dog prior to each session
  • Take dogs one at a time for an on-leash walk
  • Strictly adhere to all animal handling and safety protocols as outlined by CA Humane

Time commitment:

Your foster animal will be in your care until he/she is ready to be placed for adoption. The Central Alberta Humane Society will provide food and cover veterinary expenses for your foster animal while you will provide care, love and socialization opportunities for your foster animal. You will need to transport your foster animal to and from the adoption center and to the vet for medical appointments as well as any emergencies that might occur.

Things to think about before applying to become a foster parent:
  • You must have an indoor area to keep your foster animal(s) isolated from your own companion animals when necessary.
  • Many of these animals cannot be left alone for more than 2-3 hours at a time.
  • There may be the need for a home visit prior to placement.
Role Description

Janitorial Attendant

The down and dirty of pet care...and we need help to keep it in check! There is a lot of window cleaning, floor care, and poop scoopin' that goes on each day behind the scenes to keep our guest pets happy and healthy. That is why volunteers willing to help us out with basic cleaning tasks are always need to ensure that our facility is spotless and guest pets receive the best care possible.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 14 years of age.
  • Attend an orientation/training session.
  • Must be comfortable handling cleaning products and scooping pet waste.
  • Some heavy lifting may be required occasionally.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Assist with basic cleaning inside and outside the Centre
  • Use proper equipment (as specified by CA Humane) and adhere to safety precautions and cleaning protocols at all times

Time commitment: Minimum of 3 months of weekly sessions
Frequency of commitment: Weekly.
Session length: Minimum of 1 hour
Accessibility: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday-Sunday

Role Description

K9 Community Outreach Pet Visitation Team

Are you a caring person willing to meet new people? Do you have a friendly, well-mannered and obedient dog? If you and your dog would enjoy visiting citizens in our community who would benefit from Pet Visitation, then is the perfect match for you! We are seeking Pet Visitation Teams (owner and dog) who are willing to offer companionship and friendly conversation to patients and residents of our partner agencies (hospitals, long term care facilities, etc.).

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Dog must be a minimum of 1 year of age.
  • Owners must have owned their dogs for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Dog must have up-to-date immunizations (or current titre test results).
  • Successful completion of the Pet Visitation Orientation session and Evaluation Test.
  • Complete 2 visitation sessions with a volunteer mentor.
  • Comfortable meeting new people in a variety of care facilities.
  • Provide a current Police Information Check for the Vulnerable Persons Sector.
  • Complete application and orientation processes as outlined by partner agency.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements without direct assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Record all hours on the Volunteer Time Sheet and submit to Volunteer Coordinator monthly.
  • Ensure Visitation Team is neat in appearance, well groomed and clean.
  • Attend visitation sessions as agreed in a punctual and consistent manner.
  • Wear uniform and name tags as supplied for both volunteer and their dog.
  • Strictly adhere to all volunteer protocols as outlined by partner agencies.

Time commitment: Minimum of 3 months of service.
Frequency of commitment: Weekly, or as outlined by partner agency
Session length: Minimum of 1 hour.
Accessibility: Varies depending on Partner Agency requirements

Role Description

Laundry Attendant

We all know how much laundry can pile up at home with a busy family. Now imagine how much you would have if your family had hundreds of members! With hundreds of guest pets living in our facility everyday the laundry can really pile up. That is why volunteers willing to help us out with laundry are always needed to ensure that our guest pets get comfy clean bedding and receive the best care possible.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 14 years of age.
  • Attend an orientation/training session.
  • Must be comfortable handling soiled and smelly laundry.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Machine wash, dry, fold and put away laundry
  • Keep laundry room clean and organised
  • Use proper equipment (as specified by CA Humane) and adhere to safety precautions and cleaning protocols at all times

Time commitment: Minimum of 3 months of weekly sessions
Frequency of commitment: Weekly
Session length: Minimum of 2 hours.
Accessibility: 9am to 6pm Monday to Sunday

Role Description

Office Assistants

Extra, extra, read all about it! Do you like working behind the scenes? Office Assistants give to the animals by printing copies, filing, stuffing envelopes and helping staff with the multitude of other office task that need to be done for the center to run smoothly! Enjoy a fun environment and a different approach to helping the animals.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Minimum of 16 years of age
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation
  • Basic computer, organizational, and other office skills
  • Attention to detail and willingness to help where ever you are needed
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Perform office tasks as assigned by staff

Time commitment: Flexible
Frequency of commitment: Flexible
Session length: Variable, depending on activity
Accessibility: 9AM-5PM Monday to Friday

Role Description

Pet Bathing Attendant

Rub a dub, dub, pets in the tub! We are looking for volunteers interested in bathing and brushing our pets in preparation for adoption. Being shiny clean and brushed nicely helps the dogs and cats put their best paws forward and increases their chances on getting a new home.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation
  • Comfortable with animals of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments
  • A genuine love of all animals and a concern for the welfare of animals that is consistent with the philosophies of CA Humane
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Bathe and brush animals on the grooming list
  • Follow cleaning protocols (as specified by CA Humane) and adhere to safety animal handling guidelines at all times
  • Communicate in through the communication log

Time commitment: Minimum of 3 months of weekly sessions
Frequency of commitment: Weekly
Session length: Minimum of 2 hours
Accessibility: 9AM-5PM Monday - Sunday

Role Description

Small Animal Socializers

Do the bunny hop!! While most people realize that we need volunteers to help cuddle cats and walk dogs, we also care for rabbits and other small animals, who need love, affection and exercise too. Small Animal Socializers provide essential playtime, brushing, exercise and social interaction to keep our rabbits and small animals happy and healthy during their stay.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 14 years of age.
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation and Small Animal Socializer training.
  • Must have basic knowledge of rabbit/small animal handling .
  • A genuine love of small animals and a concern for the welfare of animals that is consistent with the philosophies of CA Humane.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements without direct assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hour in the Volunteer Binder
  • Spend time petting, bushing and exercising rabbits/small animals
  • Clean play area before, after, and between play sessions
  • Adhere to all animal handling and safety protocols as outlines by CA Humane

Time commitment: Minimum 3 month commitment
Frequency of commitment: Weekly (same day and time each week)
Session length: Minimum of 1 hour
Accessibility: 9AM – 5PM Monday to Sunday

Role Description

Stress Buster

As pack animals, social interaction is extremely important to dogs. Interaction between humans and dogs socializes them and prepares them to live in a human world. The more social they are, the better their chances for adoption. Spend time with them - they’ll love you for it.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  • Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation.
  • Complete the Canine Massage Training Session.
  • Complete 1 hour with a volunteer mentor.
  • Comfortable with dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must be able to complete all job requirements with minimal assistance from CA Humane staff.

Duties:

  • Sign in and out before and after each shift
  • Record all hours in the Volunteer Binder
  • Help our centre dog relax by spending time one-on-one time brushing, massaging and socializing centre dogs
  • Clean socialization area before, after, and between sessions
  • Strictly adhere to all animal handling and safety protocols as outlined by CA Humane

Time commitment: Minimum of 3 months of weekly sessions
Frequency of commitment: Weekly. (Same time and day each week)
Session length: Minimum of 2 hours.
Accessibility: 9AM-5PM Monday to Sunday, excluding Stat Holidays

Role Description

Our Board

The Red Deer and District Board of Directors are a governance board. They provide volunteer driven leadership and inspiration to the Central Alberta Humane Society by setting policy and direction.

To maintain our charitable not for profit status, we must have representation from our membership at this important level. Members of the Board of Directors are elected by vote at the Annual general meeting normally held March or April by society members. All members of our board are community professionals with a skill or experience that lends itself to providing an exceptional and balanced team of leaders.

For more information about the Board of Directors or to become a member please contact executivedirector@cahumane.com.