Dog Enrichment Volunteer

Dog Care Volunteers work with puppies and dogs of all sizes, shapes and backgrounds (stray, surrendered, neglected, abused, healthy, recovering from surgery, may be easy to handle or may require training for behavioural issues…).

In 2023, our Cat and Dog Care Teams cared for more than 1500 animals onsite at our Animal Centre.

Reporting to the Dog Care Coordinator, Dog Care Enrichment Volunteers participate in our Canine Enrichment Program to provide mental and physical stimuli to the dogs in our care. Dog Care Volunteers interact with the majority of dogs at our Animal Centre, so complete a Dog Care Program in order to interact with Green dogs (ie. puppies and seniors who are easy to walk and handle) and Yellow dogs (ie. young, rambunctious, pullers who can be slightly difficult to walk and handle), with the ultimate goal of working with Red dogs (ie. strong pullers with some behavioural issues who are difficult to walk and handle). Training is required upon joining the Dog Care Team and will be required intermittently to progress through the Dog Care Program.
Time Commitment
2 hours once a week. Enrichment shifts take place Monday through Sunday at a mutually agreed upon time between the hours of 9am-12noon and 1-4pm. An overall minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • Create treats / food puzzles
  • Provide food and clean water as required or instructed
  • Assist in the maintenance of dogs’ physical and mental well-being
  • Interact with dogs for walks, training and socialization
  • Bathe / groom dogs
  • Reinforce behaviours that make dogs more adoptable
  • Ensure dogs are safe and secure
  • Follow appropriate protocol, policies and procedures
  • Wash up dirty dog dishes and assist with laundry (washing, drying and folding linens), based on Enrichment activities undertaken
  • Clean up after dogs (stoop and scoop) in the kennel area and outdoors, as appropriate
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • A gentle and kind approach to dog handling
  • Confident with dogs
  • A commitment to animal welfare
  • Current dog handling and/or training experience is required
  • Medium and/or large dog experience is required
  • Willingness and ability to complete the GTHS Dog Care Program (training from Green to Yellow Dog Walker status) is a must
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to work alone and in a team environment
  • Ability to follow protocol
Positions currently available

Our Dog Care Team is looking for a volunteer to join them on Friday mornings; apply today and select a 2 hour window of your choosing between 9am-12noon.

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

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