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The Toronto Humane Society values its history of partnering with volunteers to achieve its mission of promoting the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. It is with this dedication and support from over 400 hundred volunteers, that we are able to provide essential enrichment to the animals in our shelter. Our various volunteer positions allow for an opportunity to help animals in need, learn about proper care, and give back to the community.

We are very fortunate to have a strong group of volunteers who dedicate their time to us; however this means that we don't often have openings available. When we are in need of more individuals to join our team, applications will be posted online below the volunteer opportunity. It is common for this to be only once or twice a year given the large amount of applications we receive. We thank you for your patience in this process and welcome and encourage committed individuals to apply when positions become available.

Volunteer Opportunities

Feline Enrichment

Our shelter is home to several cats looking for their forever home. In order to make their stay here as enjoyable as possible, we rely on volunteers to provide them with the necessary enrichment. This can include socialization, play, brushing and feeding.
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Applications are now closed- Please check back at a later date

Canine Enrichment

We have all breeds, sizes and temperaments of dogs in our care. Canine Enrichment volunteers are responsible for improving the quality of life for dogs waiting to be adopted by providing physical activity and socialization through human interaction.
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Applications are now closed- Please check back at a later date

Special Species

Just like cats and dogs, small pets need exercise and human interaction through petting and playing. Volunteers in this program interact with several different species during their shift, providing them with the necessary exercise and socialization.
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Applications are now closed- Please check back at a later date

Corporate Volunteer Team Day

We offer a variety of experiences for employee groups to visit the shelter and contribute to improving the lives of the animals. Please click HERE to learn more about this great team building opportunity.

Placement Opportunities

Placement opportunities are periodically available for students from Veterinary Programs at accredited colleges and universities. If you are interested in being considered, please send a resume to kbunyan@torontohumanesociety.com with information about your program, dates and "Placement Opportunities" in the subject line.

Volunteer Requirements

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Recruitment depends on current volunteer numbers and shelter needs. When applications are available, please fill out all the required information. We do not currently have a waitlist for interested volunteers. Thank you for your interest!

Contact us

Still have questions? E-mail us at volunteer@torontohumanesociety.com