Volunteer

Why Volunteer at the GTHS?

Being a volunteer is rewarding, educational, exciting and fun!

The GTHS is always looking for dedicated volunteers in a variety of areas. You can have a huge impact on the lives of the homeless animals that enter our Animal Centre every day. It is a gratifying experience to know that YOU can make a difference in the lives of these animals.

We cannot provide for animals in need and do the amazing work we do without volunteers and their gifts of time, talent, commitment and hard work. Volunteers are essential to giving animals a second chance and, in so many ways, volunteers are the face of animal welfare in our community.

Join us to work towards our vision of a world in which there are no stray, unwanted, abandoned, neglected or abused companion animals.
THANK YOU for choosing GTHS!

Learn about our volunteer teams & positions.

Current volunteer openings coming soon.

How To Become a GTHS Volunteer

  1. you are at least 15 years of age (Cat Care Team) and 16 years of age and over (Dog Care Team or Fundraising & Events Team)
  2. you are 18 years of age and over to volunteer within the Admin Team, Adoptions Team, at Treasure Tails and for the Foster Program or the Humane Education Program
  3. you are friendly, polite and reliable
  4. volunteers are required to provide a clean police background check or a vulnerable sector police check depending on the volunteer position.

Download the Volunteer Application Form – PDF

Download the Foster Application Form – PDF

What is my commitment as a GTHS Volunteer?

  • Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 6 months (except for student and Co-op placements)
  • The number of hours’ commitment per week varies according to the position applied for, ranging from 1 to 4 hours (see Current Openings for details)
  • Most positions require a once a week commitment
  • New volunteers are expected to attend an Orientation (or complete a virtual Orientation) and to complete onboarding materials before their first shift
  • New Dog Care volunteers will need to complete an online training module prior to their first onsite shift
  • Volunteers with a scheduled position (set day & time) are expected to coordinate coverage for planned absences
  • All volunteers agree to notify their Team Lead (supervisor) of any last minute or planned absences
  • Volunteers agree to provide as much notice as possible before resigning from a GTHS volunteer position

Commitments for specific volunteer positions

  • Transfer Volunteers commit to providing a copy of their driver’s license prior to their first shift and to advising their Team Lead of any subsequent driving record or license changes
  • Treasure Tails and Front Desk Volunteers commit to providing a current police check prior to their first shift and to advising their Team Lead of any future changes to their criminal record
  • Humane Education Volunteers commit to providing a current vulnerable sector police check prior to their first shift and to advising their Team Lead of any future changes to their criminal record
  • After an extended absence, Dog Team members agree to have their Walker/Handler status reviewed and, if necessary, to receive retraining before interacting with any GTHS dogs

How Do I Get Started

Check out our Current Openings section for volunteer opportunities and scroll down further for information about upcoming Open Information Sessions.

The process for becoming a Volunteer

  • Volunteer vacancies are posted as positions become available
  • Except for during a pandemic, Open Information Sessions are held regularly at the GTHS to learn about the organization and volunteering
  • Interested candidates are invited submit a Volunteer Application Form to volunteer@gths.ca with their position of interest identified
  • Candidates interested in fostering are asked to submit a Foster Application Form to volunteer@gths.ca
  • Candidates will be interviewed by our Volunteer Coordinator
  • Successful candidates will be scheduled to attend an onsite Orientation session (or to complete a virtual Orientation), to complete onboarding materials and to receive training

 

Open Information Sessions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are restricting the number of people onsite at any given time. Our tours and Open Information Sessions are currently suspended, but please reach out to volunteer@gths.ca if you are thinking about volunteering and would like to receive a tour and/or additional information about our Volunteer Program.

Volunteer FAQ

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the GTHS!

Volunteer Stories

Landon started volunteering at the GTHS as a Cat Care Technician due to her love for animals and because she aspires to become a veterinarian. “I have grown up rescuing feral cats and I love that GTHS gives me the opportunity to develop special connections with some many amazing animals. Being able to see the transformation from when the animals come into our devoted team members’ care and when they are adopted into their forever homes is something that leaves a lasting impression. I have made exceptional connections with not only the cats, but also with the incredible like-minded volunteers and staff members.” – Landon, Cat Care Technician Volunteer

In May 2018, Mathieu’s dog passed away, and he lost his job shortly afterwards. Finding himself in an empty house he was depressed, needed to appease his heartbreak and a reason to get up. As a Shelter Aide, he says he has no pressure, satisfaction in his role, and knows he’s making a difference, whilst interacting with good people and animals. “I enjoy coming in. We have a great team! It doesn’t feel like work. I think I needed something like this.” – Mathieu, Shelter Aide Volunteer

“Had the great opportunity to volunteer with the GTHS yesterday at kittypalooza…what an incredibly well organized, beautiful facility they have and their staff and volunteers are just so wonderful. I highly recommend them if you are looking for your new little buddy.” – Keith

Anne decided to join the GTHS as a Dog Care Team Member in August 2018 as she missed her dog, after separating from her husband and having to leave her pup behind. Being used to always having animals in her life, Anne felt that volunteering around dogs would help with this loss and would be a good fit for her extensive dog experience. Anne has subsequently become a feline and canine Foster Volunteer and enjoys temporarily sharing her home with animals in need, saying “I have too much love to give to just one animal.” – Anne, Dog Care Team Member and Foster Volunteer