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Individual Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome you to explore being a part of the Winnipeg Humane Society Volunteer Crew and the exciting initiatives that our teams are working on. Click on the sections below to find out how you can contribute.

Goals

  • To place animals in a responsible and loving permanent home.
  • To find appropriate placements for all animals needing homes.
  • To effectively promote animals available for adoption.
  • To provide information, support, and referral services on a variety of animal- related issues.
  • To generate revenue through retail sales of products and services.

Assignments

Adoption Maintenance Assistant

Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the adoption department; animal rooms, condo/caged areas and working stations to make it more appealing for visitors.

Adoption Satellite Assistant

Maintain the cleanliness of the animal rooms, condo/caged areas and working stations. Put together paperwork, supplies for animals, prepare cats physically (cages) for transportation.

Cat Condo or Kitty Kat Way Assistant

Help us provide better customer service to our clients to facilitate successful cat adoptions; promote disease control to visitors, hand out surveys and once approved, assist clients with cat selection.

Customer Service Assistant

Support operations of the reception desk provide top notch customer service to answer inquiries.

Dog Pod Assistant

Provide better customer service to our clients; promote disease control to visitors, hand out surveys and assist clients with dog selection.

Follow-up Assistant

Contact client (adopter) to see how things are going with their newly acquired companion animal.

Pet Shop Assistant

Help to ensure smooth operation of pet shop (formerly called “gift shop”); provide excellent customer service, assist in the selling of retail merchandise.

Rabbit Wrangler

Provide socialization opportunity to shelter rabbits and small critters to maintain their overall mental health.

Goals

  • Receive stray and owned animals into the care of the Society.
  • Reunite lost animals with their owners.
  • Receive wildlife for either euthanasia or transfer out for rehabilitation.
  • Maintain central registry of animal identification tattoos.
  • Facilitate alternative placement options for animals that cannot be accommodated by the Society.
  • Provide education and support to individuals regarding responsible pet ownership to improve their ability to provide appropriate care for their pets, in person and over the phone.
  • Provide information, support, referrals and other animal-related services to clients in the community.

Assignments

Animal Intake Assistant

Assist with tasks such as: setting up kennels, weighing & de-worming animals, following up on lost & found reports.

Goals

  • Provide all animals within the shelter with exemplary care while in The Winnipeg Humane Society facility.

Assignments

Animal Care Attendant

Assist with providing quality animal care to cats in the shelter; including cleaning and feeding.

Evening Care Attendant

Assist with the second cat feeding during the evening hours.

Shelter Assistant

Provide assistance with laundry, cleaning litter boxes, washing dishes and brushes.

Goals

  • Provide exemplary veterinary care to all animals in the care of The Winnipeg Humane Society.
  • To provide spay & neuter services to animals in need in the community.

Assignments

Surgery Assistant

To assist the clinic in with the spay and neuter surgeries as well as some specialty and orthopedic surgeries.

Surgery Kennel Volunteer

To assist vet staff with treatments of in house animals.

Vet Treatment Assistant

To prepare the clinic for new animals to arrive and prep for next day surgery.

Goals

  • Through our work and assessment activities, provide information about the individual felines that will help identify the best home and support for that feline.
  • Support the health and wellness of the felines in shelter care through socialization and enrichment activities.
  • Utilize Behaviour Modification to improve the social behaviour of the cats in our care to promote the best live outcome.

Assignments

Cat Assessor

Perform cat assessments in order to determine a ‘feline-ality’.

Cat Enrichment Volunteer

Provide a variety of mental and physical activities combined with enough rest to achieve a good balance for the cats being housed in isolation or adoption areas.

Enrichment Programs Organizer

Assist with the organization of enrichment programs; preparation of boxes for each cat in adoption, make cat toys, cat grass, stuff kongs and make dog snuffle mats.

Feline Behaviour Assistant

Facilitate and work towards the improvement of cats’ behaviour within the shelter (adoption or backstage); work one-on-one with a cat using behaviour modification techniques.

Four on the Floor Volunteer

Socialization opportunity with a cat for individual that may have a mental or physical challenge.

Goals

  • Review programs and adjust as necessary.
  • Continue to revamp training programs for volunteers.
  • Identify methods to educate pet owners regarding common pet behaviour problems.

Assignments

Canine Behaviour Assistant

Help to improve adoptability outcomes of shelter animals by assisting with existing behaviour modification plans and monitoring mental welfare. Supervise and mentor Dog Enrichment Volunteers.

Dog Enrichment Volunteer

Provide exercise and enrichment opportunities for dogs in the backstage area through interaction in the yards, and walks.

Dog Obedience Class Assistant

Provide support to the dog obedience instructor to successfully facilitate the class.

Dog Walker

Provide dogs in adoption with the opportunity to have exercise and a break away from the shelter environment.

Quiet Time Volunteer

Teach dogs the ability to relax in their adoption rooms, in the presence of a human, and help relieve kennel stress.

Goals

  • Educate and reach all age demographics on the work that the WHS does and our different services.

Assignments

Community Cat Liaison

Promote and educate community target of the importance and opportunity to spay & neuter cats; community festivals, BBQ, etc.

Community Cat Transporter

Provide transportation from/to individual’s home to Winnipeg Humane Society’s animal shelter for low cost spay & neuter of cat(s).

Goals

Fundraise in support of the operations and programs of The Winnipeg Humane Society.

  • Provide various giving options that meet the requirements and desires of donors.
  • Effectively recognize and thank donors for their contributions.
  • Communicate the ongoing needs of the Society to supporters and the community.
  • Maintain donor database and issue tax receipts according to criteria prescribed by CRA.

Assignments

Office Assistant

Assist the development team in performing office work related to its campaigns; tasks may include data entry, calling donors (recognition) or stuffing envelopes.

Dog Ambassador Team

Team up with your dog, help promote the programs and services at special events.

Cans for Critters Collector

Help collect, distribute and monitor donations cans through the city Coins For Critters Program.

Third Party Special Events

Participate in third party events such as garage sales, BBQs, car washes to help raise funds for the shelter.

1001 Donations Event

A telethon and radio-a-thon held annually in March that educates the public on what the WHS does for the community and raises necessary funds for its operations.

Paws in Motion

Annual pet walk and run that takes place in Assiniboine Park in June to support the efforts of a spay and neuter program.

Bow Wow Ball

A fund raising themed gala dinner and dance held annually in October to support the WHS.

Paws for the Season

Craft and bake sale held in December to celebrate the holiday season and raise funds for the shelter animals.

Goals

  • Educate the general public on the work that the WHS does, our different services, and especially our Education Programs.
  • Deliver educational presentations regarding animal empathy and welfare to schools, tour & field trip groups, and kid camps.
  • Coordinate the See Spot Read program which enhances children’s reading skills by allowing them a judgement free space to read to dogs.
  • Ensure that Birthday Party parents and children receive a fun and educational experience.

Assignments

Birthday Party Assistant

Craft and bake sale held in December to celebrate the holiday season and raise funds for the shelter animals.

Dog Team Ambassador

Team up with your dog and participate in our many programs such as; Birthday Parties, Tours & Field Trips, WHS In Your School, See Spot Read, and Kid Camp by providing children with the opportunity to interact with a dog.

Education Tour Assistant

Assist with hosting an educational tour for student groups; help with set up and tear down, reinforce messages incorporated in the tour, oversee small groups of tour participants, support education staff to manage group.

See Spot Read Volunteer

Engage children in planned activities and reading for the See Spot Read Program that runs for 10 week periods in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Volunteer Educator

Educate students on curriculum linked topics focusing on Animal Empathy, Safety, and Welfare.

Goals

  • Secure the outsource placement of sick, injured, nursing or orphaned animals within 1-2 days.
  • Maintenance for the WHS facility.

Assignments

Shelter Supply Organizer

Provide assistance to our shelter clerk to keep on top of donated items.

Foster Assistant

Assist with the preparation of animals and supplies going into or returning from a foster care parent.

Gardner / Snow Shoveler

Assist with the overall appearance of the shelter grounds by gardening or shovelling snow.

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