A Shelter Full of Hope and Promise

Shelter Volunteering

Shelter Volunteers (18+) play an integral part in the daily operations and our animal’s lives, from the basics of animal care and shelter operations to animal enrichment and dog walking.

Anyone interested in becoming a Shelter Volunteer must complete the online Volunteer Application and attend one of our Orientations before being able to sign up for shifts.

Once trained, there are a variety of positions that a Shelter Volunteer can sign up for.


In order to offer the best experience for you and the animals, a regular commitment will be required to stay active as a Shelter Volunteers. The minimum is 1.5 hours per week for four months.

If a volunteer is inactive for six months, they will be removed from the program and must re-apply.


Volunteering is rewarding! Compete with your fellow volunteers for the coveted title of Volunteer of the Month or ask us for a reference letter! You will be the guests of honour at our Volunteer Appreciation party and earn endless bragging rights, but the best part will be the special relationships that you form with the animals at WAG!

Shelter Volunteer Positions:

Opening Assistant

  • 8:00 am - 9:30 am
  • Assist with the feeding of breakfast for the cats, providing fresh water
  • Doing dishes and laundry
  • Emptying & washing litter boxes
  • Assisting staff with the cleaning of cat rooms (With clean blankets, fresh water, toys, litter box, etc)
  • Other cleanings (May include vacuuming, dusting/etc)
  • Assisting staff with any other tasks needed

Dog Enrichment

  • 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm
  • General cleaning tasks
  • Interaction with dogs: handling, grooming, hand feeding, etc
  • Physical stimulation (walking, fetch)
  • Socialization (play, cuddles, storytime)
  • Hand feeding or treat training
  • Mental games, stimulation
  • Monitoring of dog behaviour and communicating with staff

Cat Enrichment

  • 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm
  • Grooming/brushing of cats
  • Treat training exercises
  • Socialization (play, cuddles, storytime)
  • Minor cleaning of the cat rooms
  • Monitoring cat behaviour/progress and reporting to staff