The mission of the Pembina Valley Humane Society is to support humane and sustainable communities for all animals through education, advocacy, respect and responsibility.


Please contact the Shelter Manager at with any questions or to get started with the process of joining our wonderful team of volunteers!

PVHS operates primarily on the efforts of volunteers. Volunteering at our shelter is an opportunity to directly help animals and is very rewarding!

We are currently in need of many more volunteers for the every day operation of our shelter! In particular, we need animal care volunteers to feed, water and clean kennels for the animals. Please keep in mind that all volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.



Note: All volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.

Step 1:  Complete a volunteer application form and submit to the PVHS Shelter Manager.  Click Here to access the volunteer application form.  Completed forms can be dropped off in person at the shelter during our public hours, scanned and emailed to or faxed to 204-822-3904.

Step 2:  Once your application is received, the Shelter Manager will contact you to arrange for you to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session.

Step 3:  After the orientation session, the Shelter Manager will schedule a personal interview with you.

Step 4:  Following the interview, the Shelter Manager will contact you to discuss volunteer placement, training and scheduling!

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

Our shelter participates in the school credit program. If you are a student and would like to earn school credit for working at PVHS, 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!

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WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A VOLUNTEER?  Some examples are below:

Shelter Positions:

Chore (Animal Care) Shift – Shifts are approx 2 hours each; 7 days a week & occur each morning & each evening.

Care for the animals by providing food and water, and a clean environment to sleep in. This involves cleaning cat litter boxes and dog kennels. In addition, this position does general shelter clean-up duties such as sweeping and mopping floors, washing food bowls, and laundering bedding.

Dog Walker – Give our canine friends some time away from the shelter and take them for a walk. All dogs must be leashed, and messes MUST be picked up. Often our dogs are not trained to walk well on a leash and will pull. This can be quite a work-out for your arm, so be prepared! Our dog walkers are an important part of working with our dogs to increase their adoptability by working on leash training.

Cat Cuddler – Spend time socializing and playing with our felines and brushing their fur.

Pee Break – Lucky for us, most of our dogs are “house broken” and they try hard not to mess in their kennels. So, we like to give them extra pee breaks every day! During this time, the Pee Break volunteer will take the dogs outside to give them opportunity to go to the bathroom. This position is also required to check that all water dishes are filled with clean water & any messes in the kennels are cleaned up.  The evening pee break shift is required to settle the dogs into their indoor kennels for the night. The volunteer in this position works independently and will be responsible for locking up the shelter for the night. Pee Break providers must be 18 years of age or older. Shift time begins at approximately 9pm & occurs 7 days a week. . .

Animal Foster Home Provider:

Do you love animals but can’t have a pet of your own? Give our animals a break from the shelter environment by offering them your cozy home for a while. See our Fostering section on this website for more information.

Fundraising/Event Participation:

We are always on the lookout for dynamic individuals to help us in raising money to keep the shelter running. The time requirement is minimal depending on the role in which you would like to take on. Some fundraising duties could include:

-participating in the Coin Can Collection Program by collecting coins on a monthly basis from designated cans in Carman, Winkler, Morden, Miami, Altona, Manitou, Morris

-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

-soliciting raffle tickets and donations at festivals by walking the crowd and approaching festival attendees

-participating in festival parades by walking a dog or soliciting a coin collection can

-planning and executing a fundraising event of your own.

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