Youth Programs

Do you know someone who has always wanted to work with animals after they graduate?

Animal Advocate Program

Do you know someone who has always wanted to work with animals after they graduate?

Animal-related careers are all about hard work, and compassion. Twice each year, the OHS offers this important interactive program for youth ages 12-15. This great opportunity for youth who are interested in animal welfare to learn all about the OHS and a wide variety of animal-related careers. At the end of the day, each participant receives an OHS Animal Advocate Certificate of Completion. In addition to a delicious pizza lunch, youth can look forward to the following activities throughout the day:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the OHS
  • Interaction and socialization with several OHS adoptable cats, dogs and small animals
  • Surgery viewing
  • Dog training demonstration and practice
  • Grooming demonstration and practice
  • Dog walking
  • Visits from knowledgeable OHS staff (i.e. Veterinary Technicians, Canine Behavioural Specialists)

The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and registration is $60.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Youth Leadership Camp

The OHS is hosting a three-day specialty camp during the week of Jan. 2 to 4, 2019 for youth in Grades 7 to 10.

Youth who participate in this program can look forward to:

  • Learning about the OHS and animal-related careers
  • Working hands-on with OHS animals
  • Discussing local animal welfare issues
  • Surgery viewing
  • Pet First Aid training
  • Planning and hosting an Adoption Centre family event on Friday, Jan. 4

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $200 (Includes pizza lunch on day three)

For more information, please contact our supervisor: programs at programs@, or (613) 725-3166, ext. 298.

Youth Volunteer Program

The OHS relies on youth volunteers between 14 to 18 years of age to support our camp programs. All those who are eligible to participate may collect their high school community service hours. Youth volunteer recruitment takes places throughout the year on an as needed basis.

To apply, keep checking our volunteer page at, or email to learn more.

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2018-2019 Fall/Winter Program Guide