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Clinic Technician

The GTHS runs a low-cost Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinic eight times a year for local pet owners; four on-site at our Animal Centre and four off-site at various venues within the community. Providing these services protects cats and dogs against the deadly Rabies disease and allows animals to be quickly reunited with their families when lost.

In 2022, 71 pets were microchipped and 202 pets in our community were immunized against rabies.

Description
Reporting to the Hospital Administrator, the Clinic Technician will be responsible for administering Rabies vaccines, inserting microchips and providing the corresponding documentation.
Time Commitment
Eight Fridays across the course of the year for approximately 2.5 hours per Clinic; from 9.45am until approximately 12.15pm. Clinic dates for the year will be provided at time of application. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Set up Hospital Examination Room for Clinic appointments
    • Ensure microchip and vaccination documentation is available
    • Prepare vaccine station (vaccine tray and syringes/needles)
  • Maintain an orderly Clinic
    • Store vaccines appropriately
    • Dispose of sharps and vials appropriately
    • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
    • Clean and disinfect floors, surfaces and surrounding areas with assistance from Clinic Tech Aide
  • Check patient records provided at registration
  • Administer Rabies vaccines and insert microchips
  • Assist Clinic Tech Aide to restrain animals, as appropriate
  • Complete microchip documentation
  • Provide vaccine and microchip documentation to Clinic Tech Aide for pet owner
  • Consult with Vet as necessary
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience with cats and dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
  • Self-motivated and energetic, with proven ability to complete tasks with competency and accuracy
  • Able to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
  • Animal healthcare and microchipping experience is an asset
  • Able to hold / restrain animals
  • Experience administering vaccines is a requirement (cross-training will be provided for vaccinating animals, if required)
 Working Conditions: 
  • Physical demands of the position include standing, bending, kneeling, and assisting with restraining animals
  • We recommend wearing closed toe shoes and clothing that has no sentimental value (ie. can get dirty and/or stained)

Clinic Tech Aide

The GTHS runs a low-cost Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinic eight times a year for local pet owners; four on-site at our Animal Centre and four off-site at various venues within the community. Providing these services protects cats and dogs against the deadly Rabies disease and allows animals to be quickly reunited with their families when lost.

In 2022, 71 pets were microchipped and 202 pets in our community were immunized against rabies.

Description
Reporting to the Hospital Administrator, the Clinic Tech Aide will assist with the smooth running of the Clinic and will be responsible for handling and transporting animals whilst onsite for their appointments.
Time Commitment
Eight Fridays across the course of the year for approximately 2.5 hours per Clinic; from 9.45am until approximately 12.15pm. Clinic dates for the year will be provided at time of application. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Assist with greeting station set-up (tables and chairs) for off-site clinics, as appropriate
  • Reference clinic schedule and/or liaise with Clinic Admin Volunteer to ensure appointments take place in relevant order
  • Liaise with pet owners before and after their pet’s appointment
  • Answer any questions pertaining to vaccination and microchipping process, risks, etc.
  • Transport animals into and out of Clinic
  • Ensure relevant documentation accompanies animal into and out of Clinic
  • Handle, restrain and care for animals
  • Assist with maintenance of an orderly Clinic
    • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
    • Clean and disinfect floors, surfaces and surrounding areas with Clinic Technician
  • Assist Clinic Admin Volunteer and Clinic Technician as required
  • Promote GTHS programs and services
  • Follow appropriate protocol
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Experience with cats and dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments
  • Confident handling and restraining animals
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Able to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
 Working Conditions: 
  • Physical demands of the position include: standing, bending, kneeling, carrying cats in carriers with a potential maximum weight of 20lb / 9.1kg, and supporting / restraining dogs with a potential maximum weight of 100 lb / 45.4 kg
  • We recommend wearing closed toe shoes and clothing that has no sentimental value (ie. can get dirty and/or stained)

Clinic Admin Volunteer

The GTHS runs a low-cost Rabies Vaccine and Microchip Clinic eight times a year for local pet owners; four on-site at our Animal Centre and four off-site at various venues within the community. Providing these services protects cats and dogs against the deadly Rabies disease and allows animals to be quickly reunited with their families when lost.

In 2022, 71 pets were microchipped and 202 pets in our community were immunized against rabies.

Description
Reporting to the Hospital Administrator, the Clinic Admin Volunteer will be responsible for liaising onsite with pet owners before and after their pet’s appointment, and overseeing patient information, as well as vaccine and microchip documentation.
Time Commitment
Eight Fridays across the course of the year for approximately 2.5 hours per Clinic; from 9.45am until approximately 12.15pm. Clinic dates for the year will be provided at time of application. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Set up greeting station (tables and chairs) for off-site clinics
  • Ensure clinic schedule, patient records and payment information are available before first clinic appointment
  • Greet and register pet owners as they arrive onsite
  • Liaise with pet owners to ensure appointment / patient records are complete and when last vaccines took place
  • Accept payment for services, as appropriate
  • Complete and tally payment activity sheet (for hand-in to Hospital Administrator at end of clinic)
  • Answer questions pertaining to vaccination and microchipping process, risks, etc.
  • Promote GTHS programs and services
  • Assist Clinic Technician Aide as required
  • Regularly sanitize surfaces and items touched
  • Dispose of any garbage and recyclables
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Able to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Confident handling cash and accepting payments electronically
  • Basic math (for providing change and tallying payment activity sheet)
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
  • A criminal record (police) check is required
 Working Conditions:
  • Physical demands of the position include: standing for duration of shift, some bending, kneeling and carrying cats in carriers with a potential maximum weight of 20lb / 9.1kg

Pet Pantry Volunteer

The GTHS believes that pets deserve to stay with their families regardless of logistical or financial challenges faced by their parents.

Access to Care programs support pets and their families through programs that work to make veterinary care more accessible, help battle food insecurity and provide temporary housing during crisis.

The GTHS Pet Pantry Program, established in 2020, is a donation-based program aimed to ensure that pet food is more accessible for individuals and families who are in need.  In 2023, the GTHS supported approximately 1,000 pets through the Pet Pantry Program and distributed 28,000 meals in the community.

Last year, the Pet Pantry Program expanded to include 9 Community Depots in various locations: in Collingwood, The Town of the Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township. The service is strictly confidential.

Description
Reporting to the Community Programs Supervisor, the Pet Pantry Volunteer is responsible for repackaging and/or collecting pet food and supplies from the Animal Centre for delivery to local Pet Pantry depots or pet owners’ homes, to assist members of our community who are temporarily unable to provide the day-to-day necessities for their pets. Pet Pantry bagging takes place on an as needed basis, and deliveries take place on Tuesdays and on Fridays.
Time Commitment
A minimum commitment of 6 months is required. Volunteers are assigned one shift a week (Tuesday or Friday) and have a fixed morning or afternoon schedule. The length of time volunteered will depend on the volume of pet food to be repackaged, the distance of the collection/drop-off point and the number of deliveries required, but bagging is approximated at 1.5 hours, and loading and delivery time is approximated at 2 hours. Vacancy information is posted at the bottom of this window.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Liaise with Customer Service Coordinator and Community Program Supervisor for inbound pet food deliveries, Pet Pantry supplies required and delivery locations
  • Maintain tidy and organized Pet Pantry shelves
    • Restock shelves from supplies in garage and/or container, as appropriate
  • Repackage pet food into 1kg Zip Lock bags
  • Source supplies and load vehicle at Animal Centre
    • Exercise judgement and accurately select supplies requested
    • Ensure items are properly stored/secured during transportation
  • Deliver supplies to Pet Pantry depots and/or pet owners
    • Meet pet owners at street level
    • Ensure contactless delivery during pandemic
  • Provide friendly, non-judgemental, quality customer service
  • Promote additional Outreach programs and services, as appropriate
  • Ensure any appropriate documentation is available and/or signed
  • Maintain clean and tidy GTHS van (inside and outside), if used
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Ensure photocopy of valid / most recent version of G2 driver’s license is retained by GTHS
Qualifications
  • Valid G2 driver’s license
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • A commitment to animal welfare and an understanding of the human-animal bond
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Self motivated
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal safety
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of this volunteer role and of the organization
  • Review and sign-off of the Animal Transport Guidelines / GTHS Van Use Agreement
  • Own transportation
Working Conditions:
  •  Physical demands of the position include lifting and carrying food with a potential maximum weight of 30lb / 13.6kg
  • We recommend wearing closed toe shoes and clothing that has no sentimental value (ie. can get dirty)
  • Gas and mileage is not reimbursable
Positions currently available

Due to demand, we are in need of additional assistance on Friday mornings. Shifts will commence at 9am with a review of that day’s needs, to determine where each Pet Pantry Volunteer will be delivering to.

All applications are acknowledged, so please check your email inbox (and junk/spam folder) for a response.

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Inventory Coordinator

Our Outreach Program consists of a variety of services available to pet owners within our community and beyond: low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinics for pet owners on a limited income, population control for community cats, as well as the provision of food and pet supplies for pet owners in need.

In 2021, the Outreach Team facilitated the microchipping and immunization against rabies for pets in our community, distributed 14,500 free pet meals and 777 lbs of litter through our Pet Panty services, and spayed/neutered 1,408 owned pets, 155 Community (feral) Cats and 137 animals from other rescue clients.

Description
Reporting to the Outreach Coordinator, the Inventory Coordinator will oversee the garage/receiving area and storage container, to ensure these areas are clean, organized and well-stocked with Pet Pantry supplies.
Time Commitment
Approximately 2 hours once to twice weekly. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and organized storage space in the garage/receiving area and storage container
  • Ensure items are stored within their assigned spots
  • Liaise with the Outreach Coordinator (or the Community Programs & Customer Care Manager and the Animal Care Manager, as appropriate) on what’s working with space planning, areas for improvement and recommend solutions
  • Control stock by reporting food, litter and any other supplies’ levels for Pet Pantry
  • Restock animal and retail areas after food and pet supply deliveries
  • Assist with unloading and organizing on-going donations
  • Ensure floor space is clear for scheduled deliveries and Community Cat Days (holding area pre- and post-surgery)
  • Liaise with Dog Care Team Leads (and Animal Care Manager or the Director of Operations, as appropriate) to ensure storage container remains accessible year ‘round
  • Follow appropriate H&S and GTHS protocol
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Reliable
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Excellent space planning / organizational skills
  • Basic math (for stock control)
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal safety 
Working Conditions:
  •  Physical demands of the position include: standing, bending, kneeling, carrying with a potential maximum weight of 100 lb / 45.4 kg
  • We recommend wearing steel-toe or closed toe shoes and clothing that has no sentimental value (ie. can get dirty and/or stained)

Outreach Transport Volunteer

Our Outreach Program consists of a variety of Pet Support Services available to pet owners within our community and beyond: low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinics (microchipping and rabies vaccination) for pet owners on a limited income, population control for feral cats, emergency boarding, emergency medical assistance, as well as the provision of food and pet supplies for pet owners in need.

Our range of Pet Support Services was accessed by a total of 3,980 people in 2022 and 790 pets received free meals and/or litter, distributed through our Pet Panty services; a massive jump from 96 pets in 2021!

Description
Reporting to the Outreach Coordinator, the Outreach Transport Volunteer collects in-kind donations within and outside our community, for animals in our care, for our Pet Pantry services and for distribution to local cat colonies. This volunteer will use a GTHS vehicle or their own vehicle for transportation.
Time Commitment
Ad hoc, as needed, basis. The length of time volunteered will depend on the point of collection (one of our regular donors is located in Mississauga). A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and tidy GTHS van (inside and outside), if used
  • Stock vehicle with appropriate items required for each transport (gas, documentation, etc.)
  • Liaise with approved suppliers before pick-up and at the collection point
  • Load /stack / unload in-kind donations safely
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Ensure photocopy of valid / most recent version of G2 driver’s license is retained by GTHS
Qualifications
  • Valid G2 driver’s license
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Self motivated
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal safety
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of this volunteer role and of the organization
  • Review and sign-off of the Animal Transport Guidelines / GTHS Van Use Agreement
Working Conditions:
  • Physical demands of the position include lifting and carrying items with a potential maximum weight of 30lb / 13.6kg
  • We recommend wearing closed toe shoes and clothing that has no sentimental value (ie. can get dirty and/or stained)

Community Programs Volunteer – Volunteer Coordinator

The Community Programs are an excellent way to connect with the people and pets in our community.  Community Programs include the Humane Education Team and the Outreach Team.  Each stream is an opportunity to fulfill our mission and to promote empathy, compassion and responsible pet ownership through the human-animal bond.

In 2022, the Outreach Team facilitated the microchipping of 71 pets and immunization against rabies for 202 pets in our community, distributed free meals and/or litter to 790 pets through our Pet Panty services (a jump from 96 in 2021!), and spayed/neutered 1,355 owned pets, 127 Community (feral) Cats and 99 animals from other rescue clients, whilst our Humane Education Program impacted 2,010 young folks from our community – building skills in social and emotional development.

Description
Reporting to the Education Coordinator & Outreach Coordinator, the Community Programs Volunteer Coordinator liaises with new and existing volunteers to ensure the team is informed and supported in their roles, organizes events to ensure that volunteers are present to cover, and undertakes a range of administrative activities to assist the team in successfully achieving collective programs’ objectives.
Time Commitment
Approximately 3 hours per week; this volunteer sets their own schedule and can choose to volunteer from home or out of the Animal Centre. Ad hoc meeting attendance at the Animal Centre or offsite is required. A minimum commitment of 6 months is also required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Contacting and scheduling existing volunteers to work on upcoming events
  • Ensuring that volunteers are tracking their offsite hours on a quarterly basis
  • Researching and writing volunteer policies and procedures, as they arise (final draft would be included in the SOP Manual)
  • Liaising with other committee volunteers within our own organization when recruiting new volunteers and developing partnerships
  • Generating appropriate volunteering opportunities and role descriptions based on the needs of the Outreach Program
  • Raising staff awareness on the role and the function of HE & Outreach volunteers
  • Ensuring there is appropriate support and training for volunteers
  • Promoting volunteer opportunities (internally and externally) through recruitment and social media
  • Recruiting volunteers and ensuring they are appropriately matched and trained for a position
  • Monitoring, supporting, motivating general Outreach volunteers and their work
  • Celebrating volunteers and organizing small recognition events
  • Attending committees and meetings
  • Tracking expenses and resources, including the reimbursement of expenses
  • Remaining up to date with legislation and policy related to volunteering at GTHS (through GTHS Volunteer Coordinator) and making any necessary modifications to accommodate changes
  • Generating income through new and repeated initiatives
  • Monitoring and evaluating activities and writing brief reports for funders and board members
  • Maintaining tracking sheets and undertaking any other administrative duties related to volunteering
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Access to transportation
  • Own computer / laptop
  • Vulnerable persons police check
  • Comfortable working within a team and independently
  • Self-motivated and demonstrates attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with others, to achieve the goals of this volunteer role and of the organization
  • Speaks, listens and writes in clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate communication tools and techniques
  • Willing to learn about animal welfare, animal cruelty laws and Ministry of Education curriculum links

Hospital Assistant

The GTHS Animal Hospital contains an Operating Room, Treatment Room, Examination Room, Pharmacy, X-Ray Room and a Hospital Intake / Recovery Area.

Having an onsite hospital ensures animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, saves dozens of daily phone calls, reduces trips back and forth to veterinary clinics, dramatically decreases the stress on the GTHS animals, and leads to the additional benefit of earlier adoption availability; so these animals find their forever home quickly.

The GTHS Animal Hospital is one of the only accessible spay/neuter hospitals serving Bruce, Grey and part of Simcoe County that performs 3,000 surgeries annually (an average of 50 surgeries per week), and subsidizing ~$770K in veterinary costs each year.

To promote pet wellness and safety, 1,858 rabies vaccinations and 1,767 microchips are administered to GTHS animal residents and community clients on an annual basis.

Description
Reporting to the Director of Medicine and Hospital Registered Veterinary Technician, the Hospital Assistant Volunteer will be responsible for maintaining the Operating Room and prep area, as well as overseeing the maintenance and packing of surgical instruments.
Time Commitment
Weekday shift: 1-4pm. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Wash / sterilize surgical instruments (by hand and / or using the autoclave)
  • Make up surgical packs in line with the next day’s surgeries
  • Maintain an orderly Surgical Room and Prep Room
    • Disinfect / sterilize surgical equipment
    • Store surgical equipment and instruments appropriately
    • Clean and disinfect cages, surfaces, counter tops and surrounding areas
    • Clean floors
    • Dispose of garbage and recyclables
    • Perform washing up and laundry tasks (washing, drying and folding linens)
  • Assist hospital staff as required
  • Follow appropriate protocol, legislation and regulations
Qualifications
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Demonstrates understanding and passion for animal welfare
  • Diligent compliance with guidelines and protocols for personal and animal safety
  • Self-motivated and energetic, with proven ability to complete tasks with competency and accuracy
  • Able to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Works cooperatively and effectively with others
Working Conditions: 
  • Physical demands of the position include bending, kneeling, and working with surgical grade cleaning products

Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteer

Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteers provide a safe, loving and temporary home for pets whose owners cannot currently look after them due to an emergency situation (in hospital, rehabilitation or escaping from domestic violence). Boarding is provided for dogs or cats, based on the species you decide upon, and will range from 1-6 months. You must have the ability to separate the foster animal from any pets in your home by keeping them in a separate room, if necessary.  We will provide training and all the supplies you need.

In 2023, our Animal Care Team looked after more than 1500 animals onsite and, thanks to our Foster Volunteers, 1044 additional cats and dogs were cared for in loving foster homes.

Description
Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteers are responsible for helping the cat/dog in their care thrive until they are ready to be reclaimed by their owner.  This will include feeding the animals at least twice a day, possibly more, cleaning litter boxes (for cats), exercising (for dogs) and socializing the animals.  It may also include administering oral medications.
Time Commitment
Typically varies from 1 to 4 hours a day depending on the situation.  Emergency Boarding Foster terms generally last between 1 and 3 months, but may be up to 6 months. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain clean and tidy environment
  • Provide treats, food, clean water and clean bedding as required
  • Clean and change kitty litter, as required
  • Bathe and groom dog, as necessary and if comfortable doing so
  • Provide a structured and loving environment
  • Assist in the maintenance of the animal’s health and welfare (includes exercise for dogs)
  • Administer medication, as required and as instructed
  • Ensure any veterinary appointments are kept
  • Ensure animal is safe and secure
  • Return animal to GTHS Animal Centre upon request
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
Qualifications
  • Everyone in the household must be in agreement
  • A room for fostering
  • Committed to animal welfare
  • Experience fostering cats / dogs is required
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to read and follow directions
  • Ability to follow protocol
  • Good communication skills
Positions currently available

We are currently looking for Emergency Boarding Foster Volunteers – please apply!

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