The Pembina Valley Humane Society is grateful for the compassionate care, dependability and skills that our volunteers bring to the benefit of the animals in our care. Individuals from our community commit time, talents and donations to assist staff and support the animal programs that allow us to continue the important work that we do in animal welfare in the Pembina Valley.

Our various volunteer positions provide for the opportunity to contribute to the care of animals in need, support our mission and give back to the community.  We have a strong and dedicated, yet small, volunteer team and we are always looking for volunteer team members.

Programs with openings are posted below, as they come available.  Applicants to our volunteer programs are accepted based on suitability, interest, skills and our available positions.

We are currently recruiting volunteers in all areas.  Please see below for details.

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 Managers. Click Here to access the form. Completed forms can be dropped off in person at the shelter during our public hours or scanned and emailed to assistantmanager@pvhsociety.ca
  2. Once your application is received, our Management Team will schedule an interview and 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!

Animal Care 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.

Goodnight Shift 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.

Dog Enrichment

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 Enrichment

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.

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.

Still have questions?  Email us at assistantmanager@pvhsociety.ca