OHS volunteers help give Ottawa’s animals a brighter future and make our community a more humane place for all. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, and making a difference for Ottawa’s animals, please review the volunteer opportunities and follow the application instructions.
Please note: : Applications will not be processed for programs that are not open for recruitment. We have a limited number of available openings, and applicants must meet the volunteer requirements to be considered for an interview.
Current Volunteer Opportunities at the OHS
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. The Brightening Lives Animal Visits Program mimics an academic school year and runs from September to May, with occasional summer visits. Visits are scheduled from Mondays to Thursdays, and consist of morning, afternoon and evening shifts.
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!
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.
Volunteer: OUTREACH CANVASSER
The Ottawa Humane Society’s Volunteer Department is looking for volunteer canvassers who are interested in promoting OHS Outreach Services in our community. Volunteers are required to canvass neighbourhoods, in pairs going door-to-door, to promote and raise awareness about OHS Services.
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.
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.
Volunteer: Canine Behaviour Intervention 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.
Other Opportunities: Not Currently Recruiting
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 able to accept applications for these positions at this time.
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. Again, thank you for your interest.
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!
Volunteer: Feline Enrichment Care
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.
Volunteer: MSNS Intake Assistant
The Volunteer Department is looking for volunteers to help support the morning intake processes for the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, at various locations in our community. Volunteers are responsible for greeting clients (who are admitting their pet), supervising client lineups, assisting with paperwork as needed, interacting with clients and answering questions.
Volunteer: Bingo Program
The Ottawa Humane Society’s volunteer department is looking for volunteers who are interested in donating their Sunday evenings from 6 – 9:30 p.m. to support this unique fundraiser, where all proceeds raised go towards helping provide Ottawa’s animals with a second chance at a bright and healthy future. BINGO is held at the Overbrook Bingo Hall, located at 1150 Lola St, Ottawa.
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.
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!
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.
Volunteer: Canine Enrichment Program
Canine Enrichment volunteers are responsible for walking dogs, providing basic enrichment, encouraging basic obedience (sit, down, loose leash walking) and following behaviour modification plan instructions on dogs in the OHS Adoption Centre. Volunteers are required to make at least a two-hour, weekly commitment over a period of at least one year.
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.
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.) .
Volunteer: Offsite Microchip Clinic Program
Are you interested in helping lost pets get back home more quickly? The OHS is expanding our services across the Ottawa area and we will be hosting microchip clinics offsite, in hopes of microchipping more animals in our community. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the administration of our offsite microchip clinics, and to help clients and their pets as required.
Volunteer: Translation Program
Experienced volunteers are needed to help the OHS translate documents from English to French, to help us achieve our goal of providing OHS materials in both official languages. Volunteers are able to work from home, at their leisure, consistent with pre-established deadlines.