Small animal volunteers clean cages, feed animals and socialize and interact with rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc. The small animals department also offers shifts for students looking to earn secondary school diploma volunteer hours, as well as shifts strictly to socialize the rabbits. Please call Crystal Roth at 705-435-8727.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to work with our dogs. Please call Emily Day at 705-321-2378.
The dog team comes in twice a day to walk, train, feed and clean the dogs. Our goal is to have four volunteers per shift (two dog walkers, one handler/trainer, one shuffler/feeder).
For more detailed info about how the dog team works, read our Dog Program Overview.
The Alliston & District Humane Society is 100% volunteer run and your participation is critical to the shelter maintaining operations and to the animals in our care. Our volunteers do a wide variety of things throughout the shelter, so if you don't see something here that suits you please contact us.
You can submit your name and details to our team coordinators by choosing your preferred activity button and submitting the form or by calling the team leads listed.
Cat volunteers socialize our cats while cleaning cages, feeding and caring for the many needs of our many felines. Many of the cats love to have their ears scratched and some special attention. Socialization visits are also being scheduled. Training is required for cat volunteers. Please call Peggy Ely at 705-424-0993.
With many community events each year that the shelter participates in we are always in need of volunteers to help. From attending and managing a booth at the Potato Festival to helping take pictures with Santa, there is something for everyone. If you love being out in the community and supporting our cause, we would love to have you join us. Your time and expertise will make every event more successful while bringing in much needed funds to support the animals' needs. Please call Jane Clarke at 905-936-3689.
Cat Socialization shifts are open to adults 18 and up and to a child (approximately 12+) with a supervising parent. Parent and child will need to attend the shelter for training with our coordinator who will then determine if the child and parent as a team are a good fit for socializing cats. Only one child will be permitted with the parent in the cat rooms. Other children should not attend the shelter at the time of the socialization shift. As part of training you will be advised how to identify cats that you should not or need not interact with.
We are looking for adults or parent/child partners that can commit to six months or more of service and are able to maintain a regular shift on the Cat Socialization schedule.
These guidelines for Cat Socialization shifts are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. We are looking for adults or parent/child partners who are experienced with cats and their needs. We are unable to accommodate those that have no experience with cats, as we do not have the human resources to manage the training required. We are a 100% volunteer run organization.
Please remember that cats are loving and caring creatures; however, cats in the shelter come from a wide variety of situations: abused, feral, lost and can be unpredictable, so care and caution should always be exercised. We will be asking you to sign a waiver when you arrive for your first training experience.
Please call Gail Garisto at 705-440-7383 or Email: email@example.com
We always have many items throughout the shelter that need repair, installation, removal etc., We could really use your help and expertise if you are a handy person. There is grass to cut, flowers to tend and snow to shovel every year outside of the shelter also. A few hours of your time could make a big difference in shelter operations. Please call Ernie Ogle or John Clark at 905-936-3689.