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-op Program
Community Service Hours Program
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. Learn how to weigh, medicate, care for and support shelter cats and kittens. Training included! Minimum 6 month commitment required.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with or handling cats
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Veterinary Technician training a bonus

Time Commitment: Minimum 4 hours per week (8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm)

GTHS Cat Adoption Counselor

Description: Love working with animals and people? There is nothing more rewarding then helping our shelter cats find homes! Shifts are 4 hours in length one time per week. Min. 6 month commitment required.

Qualifications:

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

Time Commitment: Minimum 3-4 hours per week (12-4pm, 4-7pm Mondays)

GTHS Food Fairy

Description: The food fairy is integral to maintaining the welfare of our cats. This volunteer ensures that all kittens and 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

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with cats or a willingness to learn
  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Ability to follow protocol

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week

GTHS Morning 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.

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 2-3 hours per week (8am-12pm approx.)

GTHS Shelter Aide

Description: The GTHS Shelter Aide works in the afternoons to ensure that the shelter is stocked, clean and ready for the next day. The Shelter Aide will also stock the isolation trolleys and the isolation 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
  • Minimum 14 years of age
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Ability to work in a team environment

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-3 hours per week (12pm – 4pm approx.)

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.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working or handling cats (we will train!)
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • A gentle and kind approach to cat handling

Time Commitment: Minimum 2-3 hours per week (11am-2pm, approx.)

GTHS Dog Walker

Description: GTHS Dog Care volunteers help to maintain the health and welfare of GTHS dogs by providing exercise, training and companionship. This active volunteer program offers a drop-in program to accommodate your busy schedule. As a bonus you can get in shape as well.

Qualifications:

  • dog handling or training experience is desired but not required (we will train!!)
  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • a gentle and kind approach to dog handling
  • Ability to follow protocol

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

GTHS Dog Care Team Lead

Description: Love dogs and eager to work with them? This position helps to feed, medicate and care for our dogs. Dog Care Team Leads will also assist with canine enrichment programs, maintenance of the kennels and assisting dog walkers. Shifts are 4 hours in length, one time per week. Minimum 6 month commitment required.

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 (8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm).

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.

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
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • a gentle and kind approach to dog handling

Time Commitment: Minimum commitment of 1 hour per week from 8 to 9pm (approx).

Fundraising & Events Team Volunteer

Description:  The events & fundraising team is fun and dynamic. It is an excellent way to give back to the community. Events volunteers assist in the planning, coordination and execution of minor and major events. Do you have a background in fundraising or community support? We need your help! Please email sonya@gths.ca to learn more!

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: 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.

 

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