Volunteer At The GTHS

Being a volunteer is rewarding, educational, exciting and fun!

The GTHS is always looking for dedicated volunteers in a variety of areas. You can have a huge impact on the lives of the homeless animals that enter our shelter every day. It is a gratifying experience to know that YOU can make a difference in the lives of these animals.

THANK YOU for choosing GTHS!

Application Process
Available Positions With Descriptions
Student Hours Program
Co-ops & Internships
Community Service Hours Program
Orientation Session Dates
Current Volunteer Vacancies

If you wish to discuss volunteering with GTHS, please contact us at 705-445-5204 ext. 0 or send an email for further details.

Please note – to become a volunteer with us, you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation Session.  Please check the Events Calendar for the next Orentation session Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the GTHS!

Volunteer Stories

“We just wanted to take some time out to thank you so much for your hospitality while we were visiting the GTHS. We are both appreciative of you allowing us to walk the beautiful dogs and spend time with the cats. You certainly have a very impressive facility and your team is AMAZING! The enthusiasm, commitment and love certainly show, and everyone does a great job in ensuring these sweet fur-babies find their happy endings. We certainly miss dropping by, and in general, we miss Collingwood. We will definitely be back up there soon – and maybe (fingers & toes crossed) permanently.” – Helki & Jens, Cayman Islands

“Had the great opportunity to volunteer with the GTHS yesterday at kittypalooza…what an incredibly well organized, beautiful facility they have and their staff and volunteers are just so wonderful. I highly recommend them if you are looking for your new little buddy.” – Keith

Cat Care Technician

Description: The GTHS Cat Care Technician administers medications and prescribed care to GTHS cats. This role is integral to ensuring our feline residents receive optimal care during their stay. Concerns surrounding feline welfare are brought to the attention of the Shelter Manager.

Responsibility: The GTHS Cat Care Technician follows the medication charts and feline record binders administering medications and care as needed. Assistance with feline intake and transportation throughout the shelter is also required. This position ensures that the cats in our quarantine rooms receive thorough and comprehensive care.

Qualifications:

  • Min. 3 months volunteering at GTHS
  • Experience working or handling cats
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Min. 18 years of age.
  • Veterinary Technician training a bonus

Time Commitment: Minimum 4 hours per week

Supervisor: Shelter Manager

Screening Measures:

  1. Completion of a Volunteer Application
  2. Up to date Tetanus Vaccination
  3. Completion of Head to Tail, Pill and Eye medication Training

GTHS Cat Adoption Assistant

Description: The GTHS Cat Adoption Assistant works with the shelter manager

Responsibility: The GTHS Cat Adoption Assistant assists the public with the identification of cats in the main room. They are responsible for maintaining manageable numbers of visitors in the rooms, ensuring the public is safe and gentle with the cats, answering questions as needed, advising on our adoption policies as well as keeping the adoption room neat and clean for the public.

Qualifications:

  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Min. 18 years of age
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Ability to work in a team environment


Time Commitment:
Minimum 3-4 hours per week

Supervisor: Shelter Manager and/or Asst. Manager

Screening Measures:

  1. Completion of a Volunteer Application
  2. Completion of a Cat Care Orientation
  3. Up to date Tetanus Vaccination

GTHS Food Fairy

Description: The food fairy is integral to maintaining the welfare of our cats. This volunteer ensures that all kittens and caged cats receive wet food first thing in the morning. Other duties include; serving wet food, tidying as needed, following the feeding chart accurately.
This position starts at 730am to approx. 9am

Responsibility:
The food fairy is responsible for following the GTHS feline feeding chart. This job covers the entire shelter working in both the adoption rooms and the isolation rooms.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with cats or a willingness to learn
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Ability to follow protocol

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week

Supervisor: Shelter Manager

Screening Measures:

    1. Completion of Cat Care Orientation
    2. Tetanus Vaccination
    3. Completion of Volunteer Application and one reference check

GTHS Cat Care

Description: The GTHS Cat Care team works to increase the welfare and health of GTHS feline residents. The Cat Care team works as a group to maintain high cleanliness standards in our adoption rooms. This role is integral to maintaining a bright, clean and health environment for our cats, volunteers and visitors.

Responsibility: The GTHS Cat Care team is responsible maintaining clean and organized litter, feeding stations, cages and communal areas in the GTHS cat adoption rooms. This team ensures that the cat rooms are left clean and bright for potential adopters in the afternoon.

Qualifications:

  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Min. 14 years of age
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Ability to work in a team environment

Time Commitment: Minimum 2 hours per week

Supervisor: Shelter Manager and/or Cat Care Technician

Screening Measures:

  1. Completion of a Volunteer Application
  2. Completion of a Cat Care Orientation
  3. Up to date Tetanus Vaccination

GTHS Shelter Aide

Description: The GTHS Shelter Aide works to ensure that the shelter is stocked, clean and ready for the next day. This volunteer will also work closely with the cat care team helping out as needed.

Responsibility: The GTHS Shelter Aide ensures that our animal kitchen is clean and organized. This room also needs to be stock regularly of food, litter and supplies. The Shelter Aide will also stock the isolation trolleys and the isolations rooms so that our cats and kittens have the supplies they need. Other duties such as dishes, laundry and ensuring our adoption rooms are clean and well maintained are also included.

Qualifications:

  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Min. 14 years of age
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Ability to work in a team environment

Time Commitment: Minimum 3 hours per week

Supervisor: Shelter Manager and/or Cat Care Technician

Screening Measures:

  1. Completion of a Volunteer Application
  2. Completion of a Cat Care Orientation
  3. Up to date Tetanus Vaccination

Weekly Feline Check Attendant


Description:
The GTHS has a communal adoption room which houses anywhere from 30-60 cats at one time. In order to maintain high standards of animal welfare and housing we prepare weekly head to tail assessment checks on each cat.

Responsibility: The Weekly Feline Check Attendant performs head to tail assessments on the weekly assigned cats as per GTHS guidelines. Concerns are brought to the attention of the Shelter Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working or handling cats (we will train!)
  • Min. 1 month volunteering as a cat care volunteer
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Min. 14 years of age
  • A gentle and kind approach to cat handling

Time Commitment: Minimum 2 hours per week

Supervisor: Shelter Manager and/or Cat Care Technician

Screening Measures:

  1. Completion of a Volunteer Application
  2. Completion of a Cat Care Orientation
  3. Up to date Tetanus Vaccination
  4. Completion of Head to Tail GTHS training session

GTHS Dog Care Volunteer


Description:
GTHS Dog Care volunteers help to maintain the health and welfare of GTHS dogs by providing exercise, training and companionship. The purpose of a dog care volunteer is to give a GTHS dog a ‘break’ from the kennel, while reinforcing behaviours that help make the dog more adoptable. Dog Care Volunteers also help with general work around the shelter such as dishes, laundry, shoveling and kennel cleaning.

Responsibility: GTHS Dog Care Volunteers are responsible for ensuring their dog remain safe and secure in their care. They must follow GTHS policy and procedure.

Qualifications:

  • dog handling or training experience is desired but not required (we will train!!)
  • confidence with dogs
  • over 16 years of age
  • a gentle and kind approach to dog handling

Time Commitment: Min. of 20-30 minutes/week. Flexible ‘drop in’ program for ease of scheduling.

Supervisor: Dog Care and Adoption Supervisor and/or Dog Team Leader

Screening Measures:

  1. Completion of Dog Walker Orientation
  2. Tetanus Vaccination
  3. Completion of Volunteer Application and one reference check

GTHS Dog Care Team Leads

Description: GTHS Dog Care Team Leads help with dog care and facilitate GTHS Dog Meet & Greets. Dog Care Team Leads will assist with canine enrichment programs, maintenance of the kennels, intake examinations, SAFER testing, bathing of the dogs as necessary and conducting meet & greets with potential adopters. GTHS Dog Care Team Leads are integral to maintaining the welfare and well-being of GTHS canine residents.

Responsibility: GTHS Dog Care Team Leads are responsible for the care and wellbeing of GTHS Dogs. They ensure that meet & greets are conducted in a safe and controlled manner. They are responsible for following GTHS protocol at all times.

Qualifications:

  • min. 1 month volunteering as a GTHS Dog Walker
  • dog handling or training experience is desired but not required (we will train!!)
  • confidence with dogs
  • over 18 years of age
  • a gentle and kind approach to dog handling

Time Commitment: Minimum 4 hours per week during GTHS Open Hours; 12-4pm.

Supervisor: Dog Care and Adoption Supervisor and Shelter Manager

Screening Measures:

  1. Excellent communication skills
  2. History of being a reliable and responsible GTHS volunteer

GTHS Evening Dog Team Leader

Description: GTHS Evening Dog Team Leaders cares of the dogs in the evening to ensure that they are safe for the rest of the night. Team leaders let the dog into their outside pen for a bathroom break and ensure they have fresh water and an evening treat.

Responsibility:
GTHS Dog Team Leaders are responsible for opening the dog kennels to let the dogs have a 20 min pee break at night. They are responsible for closing down the kennels properly and ensuring all dogs are safe and settled.

Qualifications:

  • min. 1 month volunteering as a GTHS Dog Walker
  • dog handling or training experience is desired but not required (we will train!!)
  • confidence with dogs
  • over 16 years of age
  • a gentle and kind approach to dog handling


Time Commitment:
Min. Commitment of 1 hour per week from 8 to 9pm.

Supervisor: Dog Care and Adoption Supervisor and Shelter Manager

Screening Measures:

  1. Excellent communication skills
  2. History of being a reliable and responsible GTHS volunteer

Weekly Canine Check Attendant

Description: The Weekly Check Attendant volunteers once per week for approximately 3-4 hours. This volunteer ensures that each GTHS dog receives their Head to Tail examination & necessary medical treatments.

Responsibility:
Reporting to the Dog Care and Adoption Supervisor, the Weekly Check Attendant performs Head to Tail examinations, helps administer medications, check weights, records findings and helps to develop and distribute treatment plans.

Qualifications:

  • experience working with and handling dogs
  • min. 1 month volunteering as a Dog Care Volunteer
  • a commitment to animal welfare
  • min. 18 years of age
  • a gentle and kind approach to dog handling


Time Commitment:
Minimum 3 hours per week

Supervisor: Dog Care and Adoption Supervisor

Screening Measures:

  1. Completion of a Volunteer Application
  2. Completion of a Dog Care Training Orientation
  3. Up to date Tetanus Vaccination
  4. Completion of Intake Examination training session

Events Team Volunteer

Description: Events Volunteer

Responsibility: Events volunteers are responsible for assisting in the planning, coordination and execution of minor and major events. They are also responsible for assisting in securing event sponsors and donors.

Qualifications:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Access to transportation
  • Administrative or Events experience is an asset but not required
  • Comfortable working within a team
  • Ability to engage with the public, in an outgoing and polite manner, on behalf of GTHS
  • Willingness to learn about GTHS and what we do

Time Commitment: Minimum 2 hours per week. Time commitment is dependent on the events signed-up for. It should be noted that a large portion of tasks can be carried out at home on the volunteers own time. Not all tasks require a volunteer to be on-site.

Supervisor: Manager of Marketing, Communications and Resource Development

Screening Measures:

  1. Excellent communication skills
  2. Preferably good with computers and has an active email address

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