Become A Volunteer – The Animals Need You!

Thank you for considering becoming a volunteer with the Sarnia & District Humane Society. In joining our organization, you make an active commitment to applying your skills, interest and time toward helping the animals that need it most.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
  • A minimum commitment of one year is required to volunteer
  • Volunteers must complete the application form, submit a criminal records check and attend an orientation session/s before beginning their volunteer duties
  • Volunteers must be able to work safely around all species of animals
  • The Sarnia Humane Society only offers cooperative education placements for students.

Not 18? You can still help! We always need volunteers to hold events to help raise funds for the animals in our care.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Dog Walkers

Just what it sounds like! The dogs in our care need time out of the kennels to get exercise and some much needed socialization and affection. The dogs benefit physically and emotionally, ultimately making them more adoptable. Dog Walkers also play an important role in identifying dog traits, behaviours and personalities to the shelter staff so they can better match the dogs to prospective adoptive families. They are true Heroes for our dogs.

Volunteer Cat Groomers

Much like the Dog Walkers, the Cat Groomers provide the shelter cats with much needed love and attention to keep them healthy and to improve their overall well being. These Cat Heroes are true life savers!

Adoption Events

PETSMART
PetSmart is one of our most invaluable partners when it comes to finding homes for the many cats and dogs that enter our shelter. Throughout the year, PetSmart plays host to Adoption events at their location.

COLDWELL BANKER SOUTHWEST REALTY
Each year, Coldwell Banker Southwest Realty teams up with us for our biggest Adoption event of the year to help our animals find great homes! Volunteers are an important part of making these events successful, the more the merrier!

Fundraising Events

The Sarnia & District Humane Society relies heavily on the generosity of its’ community members for support. We receive no financial assistance thru our Provincial government, all monies come thru Municipal pound contracts, donations, and fundraisers to help us care for the over 2500 animals that seek refuge within our shelter.

Over the years we have hosted golf tournaments, galas, pet walks, online auctions, and many others and our volunteers play a leading role in all of them to ensure their success.

Volunteers are an important part of making these events successful, the more the merrier!

Bingo Volunteer

Thanks to the great support of the AGCO and Jackpot City, the Sarnia & District Humane Society receives needed revenue thru Bingo’s. Our valuable Bingo volunteers assist throughout the game to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for their patrons.

All shifts are 2 or 4 hours in length. Training is provided on site and SDHS shirts are supplied to you and are a requirement. The Sarnia Humane Society typically volunteers for 6-8 hours per month. Proceeds from these volunteer hours benefit the spay/neuter program.

General Volunteer Application

I understand that the Sarnia & District Humane Society (“SDHS”) is a registered charity organization whose mission is “dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for all animals and to prevent animal cruelty and suffering.”

To meet our mission goals, we rely heavily on our volunteers to work with us to ensure all animals receive the compassion, comfort, and care they deserve.

I herby agree to accept a non-paid volunteer placement to work in a voluntary capacity for the SDHS in the Volunteer Program

Sarnia & District Humane Society will:

  • Provide the volunteer with orientation.
  • Provide training as applicable to the volunteer program in which the volunteer will be providing services, and as may be required by law.
  • Provide each volunteer the Volunteer coordinator email/phone number as their point/person of contact on all matters.
  • Provide a designated area (if applicable) for volunteers to enable them to perform his/her donated duties.
  • Provide all volunteers with a copy of SDHS policies and procedures as may be required by law or as the SDHS deems necessary for our volunteers to perform their duties.

As a volunteer I:

  • Understand volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Recognize that my services are provided strictly in a voluntary capacity, and without any remuneration or compensation for the services I provide as a volunteer. For clarity, I acknowledge that I will not receive any salary, employee benefits, employment insurance programs, worker’s compensation, or payment of any kind.
  • I acknowledge that I am not an employee of the SDHS, for any purpose whatsoever. In providing services under this agreement, I will not be a “employee “or “worker” in the employ of the SDHS, as those terms are understood under the Employment Standards Act, the Income Tax Act, the Labour Relations Act, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, the Human Rights Code or any other legislation or regulation applicable to the parties.
  • Agree to not represent the SDHS outside of my capacity as a volunteer and to always wear my volunteer badge and identification while volunteering.
  • Agree to be present for scheduled shifts (if applicable) and to carry out volunteer duties promptly and reliably.
  • Agree to familiarize myself and comply with SDHS policies and procedures.
  • Agree to provide my home address, telephone number, email address, mobile phone number (if any) to the SDHS to enable the SDHS to contact me when necessary. I consent to the collection, retention and use of this information and other information collected pursuant to this Agreement.
  • Agree to waive on behalf of myself, and my heirs, administrators’ and assigns, to be deemed to have waived, all claims against the Sarnia & District Humane Society, its officers, employees, or agents from any and all liability, including claims for damage, injury or loss of earnings as a result of injury or accident in connection with volunteering. Further I indemnify and save the SDHS, its officers, employees and agents from any and all liability insured by any or all of them, whether resulting from this contract or a breach thereof of my volunteer work. These obligations will extend beyond the termination of the Volunteer Agreement.
  • Fully understand and agree that either failure to comply with any and all of the obligations outlined in the Volunteer Agreement or for any reason whatsoever, while performing my volunteer services, the SDHS, at its sole discretion, may immediately terminate this Volunteer Agreement and the volunteer placement.
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