You can support the Edmonton Humane Society by giving your time to support our mission of enriching the lives of people and companion animals. Our volunteer team is integral to all aspects of EHS’ work, from animal care and enrichment to fundraising and more. Whether it is dog walking, cat cuddling, bonding with bunnies, dishes, laundry, coin counting, administrative and event assistance or even cutting the grass — lend a paw to help animals in need at EHS!

We foster a volunteer culture that is inclusive and positive, where new people are welcomed and seasoned veterans are happy to mentor. It truly is a wonderful place to contribute time and make a difference in the community.

Benefits of Being an EHS Volunteer

  • Chance to make a difference in the lives of animals.
  • Belonging to a friendly community of like-minded individuals.
  • Boost your mood and reduce stress by spending time around animals.
  • On-going learning opportunities to increase your knowledge of animal welfare.

Certain volunteer opportunities allow for youth to participate independently, while others may require a parent or guardian to volunteer along side you. Review the role requirements in the description to check and make sure that a parent or guardian completes an application if needed.

Some opportunities allow youth volunteers to participate with an adult. Please ensure you submit 2 separate applications; 1 for you and 1 for the youth volunteer.

To support your client during their volunteer experience, please ensure that 2 separate applications are submitted; 1 for you and 1 for your client. Questions about accommodations? Email us at volunteer@edmontonhumanesociety.com.

How to Become a Volunteer

Step 1: Application & Screening

You’ll create an online volunteer account to submit your application for the role you are interested in. Please allow our team approximately 1 week to review and process your application.

Before you apply, a few important requirements you should know:

  • Applicants age 18+ will be asked to complete a Criminal Record Check at their own expense (non-profit discount provided), as the final step in the screening process.
  • Some roles may require interviews.

Step 2: Onboarding & Training

EHS onboards and trains all volunteers so you are well-equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to be successful. After your application is approved, you will have 1 week to complete the onboarding steps below:

  • Online EHS Volunteer Orientation & Health and Safety training
  • Shelter tour
  • Role Specific Training
  • Buddy Shift (if required)

Steps can be completed in a shorter time frame, depending on availability.

Step 3: Start Volunteering!

Following your successful application and training period, you’ll be able to schedule your volunteer shifts online where they best fit into your schedule.

Volunteers are an integral part of our EHS Team, and we look forward to welcoming more friendly faces each day!

Current Opportunities

Click the role title you are interested in to view the description.

To apply, please click “Apply Now” at the bottom of the description. You will be redirected to VolunteerHub, where you will need to create an account and fill out your profile and application.

Volunteer RoleRequired Time Commitment
Camp Counsellor Support VolunteerUpcoming camps are scheduled for July 2 – August 30 with volunteer shifts every week day (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Advanced Dog Walking VolunteerOne 2-hour shift per week.
Facility Volunteer2 shifts per week, approximately 4 to 6 hours a week.
Adoption Gallery Host1 shift bi-weekly, for 3-hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.