Volunteer

How do you become a Volunteer?

Note: All volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Minors must provide parental/guardian consent on the form.

  1. Complete a volunteer application form and submit to the PVHS Shelter Manager. Click Here to access the form. Completed forms can be dropped off in person at the shelter during our public hours, scanned and emailed to pvhs@live.ca or faxed to 204-822-3904.
  2. Once your application is received, the Shelter Manager will contact you to arrange attending a Volunteer Orientation Session.
  3. The Shelter Manager will schedule a personal interview with you.
  4. The Shelter Manager will contact you to discuss volunteer placement, training and scheduling!

We hope you’ll join our amazing team of volunteers!

School Credits

Our shelter participates in the school credit program. Students wanting to earn school credit, please contact us. The Shelter Manager is happy to write letters of reference for volunteers that exemplify a positive attitude & show themselves to be reliable, hardworking & dedicated to their volunteer efforts!

Chore Volunteer

Ensuring the animals at the shelter are happy and healthy is one of our top priorities. This makes our chore shift volunteers indispensable! All kennels and cat rooms are cleaned each morning and late afternoon/early evening. This includes wiping down walls, mopping and washing food dishes among other things. Sneaking in some cat cuddles or dog love is mandatory! Chore shift volunteers love the connection they make with the animals and often the other volunteers!

Depending on the day of the week these shifts begin at varying times and last for about two hours. We ask that volunteers commit to signing up for one shift a week. If you think you have a couple hours to spare a week this is one of the most urgent volunteer needs we have! Click Here to access the volunteer application form.

Cat Chores

Pee Break Volunteer

Who doesn’t need one last pee break before bed! Every evening a volunteer lets the dogs out through their guillotine doors one last time for the day. Some dogs have trouble mastering the swinging doors or are in an inside kennel without doors and will need to be taken out on a leash. There’s usually a mess or two to clean up and the water bowls are topped off. This volunteer also does a final check on the cats to make sure they’re settled in for the night.
This shift is usually done independently and requires a volunteer aged 18 or older who can be responsible for making sure the shelter is all locked up for the night. Generally the volunteer arrives around 9pm and takes no more than an hour. If you think you’d like to take on this position one night a week we’d love to hear from you! Click Here to access the volunteer application form.

Pee Breaks - Step by Step Guide

Dog Walking

Dogs love their exercise! It’s very important for the canines in our care to get out and stretch their legs either on a walk or playing catch in our huge backyard! Not only is this good for them physically but it’s mentally stimulating for them and helps ward off kennel stress.
Some dogs are more rambunctious than others! To ensure everyone is comfortable and safe each dog is assigned a colour on a four point scale and volunteers are matched to those colours. Once a volunteer’s confidence grows in their handling abilities they can advance to a higher colour.
These shifts can occur all throughout the week by making arrangements with the shelter manager. Click Here to access the volunteer application form.

Cat Cuddling

Our cats need time with human companions! Some of the felines will come to you willingly and demand your attention while others are shy and need patience while we show them people aren’t so bad! These shifts can occur all throughout the week by making arrangements with the shelter manager. If you love hearing purrs and getting head butts we want to hear from you! Click Here to access the volunteer application form.

Cat Cuddling Procedures

Foster

Our foster program is a unique way to directly help an animal. We rely a great deal on foster homes to support the number of animals and variety of conditions that occur.

What animals require foster homes and why?

Circumstances where an animal benefits from fostering including:

  • Requiring daily medical attention or observations which are best done away from other animals
  • be extremely frightened of the shelter environment
  • require a special diet that is more easily administered by one person consistently
  • be “overflow” animals that could not be housed in the shelter if the kennels are at capacity
  • be long-term “residents” at the shelter and need a break from it, into a quiet, calmer place
  • require additional training that capable fosters are able to provide

Since puppies and kittens draw a lot of attention and interest, we typically do not place them into foster care, unless there is a special reason for doing so.

How long do animals stay in foster?

All foster placements are done on 30-day terms. A foster home may be contacted by a PVHS near the term’s end date to assess the animal. The Shelter Manager will determine if the animal would benefit from another term and discuss with the foster home if they are willing to continue fostering.
 
Who pays the expenses for food, medical treatments and other supplies?

The PVHS appreciates when foster homes donate supplies but we cannot require that foster homes do so. We always provide the food and other supplies can be provided where needed. Supplies are available at the shelter and arrangements can be made for pick up during the term.
Medical concerns of any kind must be handled THROUGH THE PVHS DIRECTLY and not through the vet clinic. If a foster home has a concern they must make arrangements with the PVHS to bring the animal back to the shelter. The PVHS Shelter Manager will assess the medical condition and take appropriate action. The foster family may be asked to leave the animal at the shelter until a vet appointment can be made. Even emergency concerns MUST be handled through the PVHS directly.

**A foster family will not be authorized to receive veterinary supplies, food or treatment at the vet clinic without the prior consent of the PVHS Shelter Manager.**

Are foster animals available for adoption?

Foster animals remain available for adoption during their stay in a foster home and potential adopters may wish to meet the animal. Foster homes may be asked to accommodate the animal meeting potential adopters either in the foster home or by temporarily bringing the animal to the shelter.
Many foster homes fall in love with their foster animal and wish to keep it. Foster families are given priority over other interested adopters and at any point during the 30 day term may adopt their foster animal as long as municipal by-laws are adhered to. Regular adoption fees are applicable.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster home please Click Here for the application form!

Fundraising/Event Volunteers

We are always on the lookout for dynamic individuals to help us in raising money to keep the shelter running. The time requirement can be minimal depending on the role in which you would like to take on.

Some fundraising duties could include:

  • Help plan our major annual fundraising events
  • Manning an adoption & donation solicitation booth at a local store
  • Soliciting businesses for prize donations for a silent auction
  • Manning an adoption & donation solicitation booth at a summer festival
  • Participating in festival parades by walking a dog

Click Here to access the volunteer application form.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals willing to take on a leadership role within the organization. Terms are a two year commitment from our AGM in February. Click here to view all Available Positions.

Click Here to access the Board of Directors application form.