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Volunteer Program

Elderly Couple with Dog

Love Animals?

Looking to get your volunteer hours? Animal Services is now accepting applications for volunteers 14 years of age and older. Volunteer positions are limited so get your application in today!

Complete a Volunteer Application Form (link below) and e-mail it to or drop it off at Animal Services.


We are looking for volunteers who are caring, responsible and committed to making a difference in the lives of animals in our care. If you are friendly and outgoing, join our team of volunteers. 

your Commitment

Once you have completed the interview and reference checks, you will be required to attend an orientation and hands-on training session. We may not be able to respond immediately to all applicants. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. Volunteers responsibilities:

  • Walk or bathe dogs
  • Groom dogs and cats
  • Socialize and cuddle dogs and cats
  • Help with special events
  • Participate in Dog Obedience Training Classes (spaces limited, reserved for high school students)

Application Form  Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 487 KB

Animal Services will accept youth volunteers between the ages of 14-18 who are getting their volunteer hours. Youth who are interested in volunteering and are under the age of 14 should contact the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society located on Rosslyn Road at (807) 475-8803.

Photo from the Volunteer Appreciation Day

Animal Services celebrates its volunteers!

Thank you to our many volunteers. Whether it be helping at a special event, rescuing animals, walking dogs or cuddling cats; Animal Services appreciates that you donate your valuable time to make a difference in the lives of our animals. Thank you!


Volunteers needed to help shelter dogs get adopted

Some dogs need a little help adjusting to the shelter environment before finding their forever home or they need some basic training to help them get adopted more quickly.

Anne-Marie Mayes, owner and head trainer of 'The Dog Classroom' works with high school volunteers at Animal Services to provide adoptable dogs with physical stimulation, socialization and basic obedience training to enhance the dogs stay at the shelter and ultimately helping them become more adoptable. Teaching shelter dogs to interact with visitors, while not jumping or barking, can make a shelter visit more enjoyable for potential adopters, and teach dogs behaviors that will also make them easier to manage in a home.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and must have received volunteer orientation training. Classes run for six weeks starting on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Animal Services Centre.  Learn more about The Dog Classroom.


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