Volunteers are individuals who are committed to a cause; they bring dedication and an invaluable contribution to the Animal Welfare Field. Volunteers play a significant role in the health and well-being of animals in our care through means of physical and emotional assistance. They embody compassion and are giving of themselves without compensation or wage for the benefit of animals in need. Through their efforts the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society will continue to benefit from their generosity, thus allowing us to work together to achieve a common goal.

To Get Involved:

All of our current volunteer opportunities are listed below. Please note that at this time, our community service and youth volunteer program is suspended. We are currently looking for long-term volunteers to fill the roles below. If we do not have a position to match your skills, please continue to check back as our site is updated to reflect current shelter needs. Thank you for your interest!

For Volunteer Program information, download a copy of our volunteer manual at the bottom of this page.

Want to volunteer? Please fill out a Volunteer Application

Tales for Tails Volunteer and Dog teams

: Directly-Education Department


  • The purpose of this role is aimed at improving literacy skills in children grades 1-4 through the use of companion animal and volunteer.

Volunteers use animals that have been assessed for temperament and are designated suitable by our Centre. The dogs used in this program are owned by individual Volunteers. Ask the Tales for Tails Coordinator to arrange for screening and testing to find out if your pet is suited for this type of volunteer work. This rewarding program requires patience and an outgoing personality.

A commitment of one shift (usually one to two hours each) per week, scheduled in advance is requested. Generally this program is on weekday mornings or early afternoons.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have their own transportation.


Weekly commitment: 1 -2hours weekly/monthly

  • Responsible for maintaining a monthly or weekly schedule
  • Responsible for ensuring the safety of all children in your care
  • Responsible for ensuring the animal is well groomed prior to visit.
  • Ensure safety measures and KWHS as well as offsite location policies are implemented at all times.



  • Enjoy working with children
  • Enjoy reading
  • Must hold a valid drivers license
  • Must provide a clean driver’s abstract
  • You must be able to work independently.
  • Knowledge of the KWHS
  • Excellent animal handling skills
  • Compassion for animals
  • Reliable and punctual
  • You must be able to follow direction.
  • You must be able to work on your own.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with people.
  • Excellent oral and communication skills.
  • Project a positive company image.
  • All volunteer dogs must be vaccinated and licenced


  • Cleaning of any supplies used, ie cat carriers.
  • Ability to lift cats in carriers and assist large dogs with getting in and out of vehicle


  • Volunteer at offsite locations.
  • Works in both climate controlled temperature conditions.
  • Works in areas with strong odours and high noise levels in regards to barking and other animal related noises.
  • Works with some risk of injury on slippery floors.
  • Exposed to bites, scratches, infections, and infectious disease.


The volunteers must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of volunteer work progress, timetables and issues; and, addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.

In addition to the duties listed above, the Centre expects the following of each volunteer: adhere to KWHS volunteer policies and procedures; works in a safe manner; acts as a role model within and outside the Centre; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; consistently reports for volunteer role on time prepared to perform duties of the position; participates in KWHS events as needed or required; and, completes other duties as assigned.

The above statements are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.

Animal Fostering Program

What is Foster Care?

The definition of foster is: “to promote the growth and development of an individual.” The KWHS relies on the dedication of Foster Volunteers to aid in the recovery of animals who may not be ready for adoption due to medical or behavioral reasons. Foster volunteers temporarily care for animals in their home until the animals are ready to be placed up for adoption.

All vet costs and supplies including food, litter, medications, examinations, and prescription diets are provided by the KWHS.

This program is perfect for those who may not be able to commit to an animal for its entire life.

Foster care at KWHS

Being a foster caregiver is a rewarding experience, but it can also be frustrating and challenging at times. If you are looking for a for an experience that is truly rewarding, consider becoming a member of the KWHS Foster Care Team.

Foster Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Volunteers must reside in Waterloo Region.
  • Volunteers with pets must show proof of spay or neuter and current vaccinations.
  • Volunteers must have a separate room to isolate a foster animal.
  • Volunteer must have time to care for foster animals.
  • Volunteers must have access to a vehicle.
  • Complete the Foster Volunteer Application.
  • Send the application via email to: fostering@awasco.ca or fax to: 519-745-3224.

Volunteers suitable for the program will be contacted for an interview.

Event Committee Volunteers

Do you love animals? Are you interested in becoming an Event Warrior who truly makes a difference in the lives of adoptable animals in our community? The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society is seeking new members to join its existing Events Committees.

Committees plan and execute all aspects of several unique fundraising events throughout the year. The Wiggle Waggle Walkathon (May), Homecoming (June), Surf Dogs (September) and Best in Show Gala (September). Committee members meet once a month starting in January, to every two weeks or every week as the event gets closer. Meetings are usually 1 to 2 hours long and take place at the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society at 250 Riverbend Drive.

All Committee members act independently to solidify prizes, promote the event and arrange event logistics. Committee Members are strong independent workers who are also team players. Our ideal new member has connections in the community and the enthusiasm and drive to ensure a successful event.

You must be 18 years or older for this position.

Contact Stacey Saunders via email stacey.saunders@awasco.ca to learn more about each individual event and to be part of these committees!

Camp Assistant

The purpose of this volunteer position is to assist our camp staff with maintaining a welcoming and controlled camp environment. Ideal candidates will be adults or youth 14+.

Assistants will gain experience in a fast-paced camp environment, working closely with children and some of our center animals! This position is a great way to impact communities, helping both children and animals.  It will allow youth to achieve their 40 hour community involvement for secondary school graduation and will be a great addition to any resume.

If you have a positive, outgoing attitude and want to gain experience in a leadership role, apply to be a Camp Assistant for one or all of our programs; PD Day Camps, Holiday Camp, March Break Day Camp, and Summer Day Camp.

Upcoming camp dates include:

  • Dec 28th-30th
  • January 3rd-6th
  • January 27th
  • April 7th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd

To apply for an upcoming position as a Counselor Assistant for camp, fill out an application below and send it to volunteers@kwhumane.com

Camp Assistant duties:

  • Assist camp staff with the morning set-up and end-of-day cleaning
  • Responsible for supervising camp group when counselor is not present
  • Reporting to humane education coordinator/camp director about health or behavioral problems with campers
  • Responsible for assisting camp staff with maintaining a positive, energetic environment for all of the campers
  • Take part in games and activities, including set-up/take down
  • Ensure safety measures and humane society policies are implemented at all times

Camp Assistant position requirements:

Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and must be able to commit to 1 full day of camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applicants must:

  • be comfortable in a leadership role
  • be able to follow direction
  • possess an outgoing, positive attitude
  • be comfortable interacting with children and ensuring they are all treated equally
  • be comfortable supervising your camp group on your own periodically
  • be comfortable handling all types of animals
  • be willing to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Check if over 18