Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities at the OHS

Volunteer kittenThe OHS would not be able to help so many animals and offer many of our programs and services to our community without the ongoing support of dedicated volunteers.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please review the volunteer opportunities and follow the application instructions.

Please note: We have a limited number of available openings. Applicants must meet the volunteer requirements and should include their preferred shift on their application. Applications will not be processed for programs that are not open for recruitment.

Application instructions:

  • Complete the volunteer application and return to the manager: volunteers by e-mail, volunteer@ottawahumane.ca or fax at 613-725-5674.
  • Only volunteers whose skills and interest areas match the program will be contacted for an interview.
  • Volunteers who qualify for a phone interview will be contacted within one week of their application submission date.
  • Following the interview, volunteers will be asked to complete a Criminal Record Check and scheduled for an orientation.

Volunteer: PAW stewardship

Want to help spread the word to OHS donors and help us thank them for their support? We are looking for volunteers to help us call donors to thank them for supporting the animals and share wonderful and heartwarming examples of how their support is helping to save animal’s lives. Volunteers are also responsible for basic data entry.

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Volunteer: Office Support and Data Entry

Office volunteers are very valuable at the OHS. Volunteers help in the office with a variety of projects including: data entry, filing, telephone calls, photocopying, and research.

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Volunteer: PAL Cat Assistant

The Ottawa Humane Society’s Volunteer Department is looking for volunteers who are interested in feeding, cleaning and socializing OHS cats while they are awaiting adoption, located in our partner PetSmart locations. If you enjoy interacting and caring for cats, look no further, as this is the “purrfect” opportunity for you! Volunteers must have experience caring for cats, a high attention to detail, excellent communication skills, a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.

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Volunteer: Photographer

If you have experience taking portrait-style photographs, enjoy meeting new people and their pets and are able to stage and capture a wonderful family photo, we need you!

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Volunteer: Foster Program

The OHS relies on the dedication of foster volunteers to aid in the recovery of animals who may not be ready for adoption due to medical or behavioural reasons. Foster volunteers temporarily care for animals in their home until the animals are ready to be adopted. The goal of the Foster Program is to provide the animals in our care with an opportunity for a happy and healthy future.

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Volunteer: Humane Education Program

Do you enjoy spending time with children and animals? Are you comfortable speaking in front of kids?Are you available for three hours every second week during the school year (October-June)? Can you commit to the School Program for one year? Do you have a car or access to a vehicle?

If you answered YES to the above questions, you may enjoy volunteering with the humane education department!

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Bénévolat: Éducation en bien-être animal

Aimez-vous travailler avec les jeunes et les animaux ? Vous croyez vous capable de faire des présentations devant des groupes d’élèves ? Êtes-vous libre, pendant trois heures au deux semaines, durant l’année scolaire ? Êtes-vous prêt à vous engager pendant un an au programme d’éducation en bien-être animal ? Avez-vous une voiture ou accès à un véhicule ? Si vous avez répondu dans l’affirmative à ces questions, vous serez peut-être intéressé à faire du bénévolat pour le programme d’éducation en bien-être animal de la Société protectrice des animaux (S.P.A.) .

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Volunteer: Canine Enrichment Program

Interested in helping OHS dogs become better canine citizens? 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.

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Volunteer: Buddy and Belle Boutique

The Ottawa Humane Society’s Volunteer Department is seeking enthusiastic and outgoing people to help support our retail store—the Buddy and Belle Boutique. If you enjoy meeting new people and helping them with their shopping experience than this is the opportunity for you!

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Volunteer: Groomer

Volunteer groomers help ensure the health and well-being of our animals by bathing and drying animals, trimming nails, cleaning ears, and brushing or shaving matted coats. The OHS has a fully equipped grooming room including a table, tub, and supplies where volunteers provide grooming services with an expert hand.

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Other Opportunities: Not Currently Recruiting

Thank you for your interest in wanting to donate your time and skills to helping the animals in our care. Fortunately, the following programs are well supported by volunteers and we are not in need of additional help at this time. We are not able to accept applications for these positions.

The OHS is a busy place, and volunteer needs are always changing. If you are interested in joining one of these programs, please visit our website in the near future to see if the program status has changed. Thank you for your interest.

Volunteer: Feline Enrichment Care Program

The Ottawa Humane Society’s Volunteer Department is seeking reliable, patient and compassionate people to give felines some extra attention while these cats are temporarily residing at the shelter.  Volunteers are responsible for providing enrichment to felines in the form of socialization, play, exercise, visual stimulation and mild grooming, as directed by our coordinator: feline services.

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Volunteer: Dog Walker

Dog walkers help keep OHS canines happy and healthy. The dog walking program is a very popular volunteer program where OHS volunteer dog walkers help to enrich and improve the quality of life for dogs who are awaiting their forever homes. Volunteers are required to make at least a two-hour, weekly commitment over a period of at least one year.

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Volunteer: Off-Leash Day Camp Program Leaders

The OHS “Off-Leash” Day Camp series is an OHS outreach program that teaches animal care and welfare within the structure of one-day and one-week day camps. These camps will be offered on PD Days for the Ottawa District School Boards, as well as throughout July and August.

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Volunteer: Brightening Lives Animal Visits

The Brightening Lives Animal Visits Program is a community service that the OHS began in 1986. This volunteer-based program promotes the value of animals in the Ottawa community by bringing joy and happiness to individuals residing in hospitals, retirement residences, shelters and other long-term care facilities, through human and companion animal volunteer interactions.

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Volunteer: Board of Directors

Thank you for your interest in volunteering on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS). The OHS is seeking to connect with dedicated and caring individuals who are interested in serving on its volunteer Board of Directors.

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