Volunteers are key members of the animal welfare team at the Regina Humane Society. Whether it is walking dogs, serving as a foster family for animals in need or participating in our educational programs our volunteers make a difference in the lives of the animals every day.
Become a Volunteer
To become a Regina Humane Society volunteer please complete a printable PDF Volunteer ApplicationVolunteer Application or fill out an Online Volunteer Application.
Volunteer Orientations are held a minimum of once a month on Thursday nights.
- Once your application has been processed our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about upcoming orientations and you'll be on your way. Volunteer Orientations are typically held on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. Orientations are held monthly and each volunteer orientation session is limited to 25 individuals. Additional orientations may be added each month depending on the level of interest and the number of applications received. Orientations typically last 90 minutes and are held in the Regina Humane Society's Education Centre.
- Prior to attending a Volunteer Orientation you must notify the Volunteer Coordinator that you will be in attendance. At that time you will be sent a Volunteer Manual and additional information.
- New volunteers will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check. This can be done free of charge at the Regina Police Service located at 1717 Osler Street. Please remember to bring this with you to the orientation session.
- Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 14 MUST volunteer with a parent/guardian or someone over the age of 18 and that has attended the Volunteer Orientation session along with them.
Adoptable animals receive special one-on-one attention from volunteers to help alleviate the loneliness and stress experienced with staying at a shelter. Volunteers can walk, bathe and groom adoptable dogs and walk and groom adoptable cats. This opportunity helps to socialize the animals and greatly increases their chances of getting adopted.
The following age guidelines apply to the Caring Hands Program:
- 12-13 year olds – are restricted to working with only the adoptable cats and must volunteer with a parent/guardian or person at least 18 years old. All parents & guardians volunteering with their children must attend an orientation before they are eligible to volunteer. A parent/guardian also needs to sign your volunteer waiver
- 14-15 year olds – may volunteer on your own but are restricted to working with only the adoptable cats. A parent/guardian needs to sign your volunteer waiver.
- 16-17 year olds – may work on your own with both adoptable cats and dogs. A parent/guardian needs to sign your volunteer waiver.
- 18 years and over – must provide a Criminal Record Check in addition to signing the volunteer waiver. Criminal Record Checks are available free of charge through Regina Police Services.
- All volunteers must attend an orientation session.
Volunteers in this program help kennel staff with morning clean up in the cat rooms (this is a 3 hour time commitment). This includes feeding the cats, cleaning their cages, bowls, brushes and toys, and changing their litter boxes. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate in this program.
Volunteers help the Education Coordinator spread the word about animal welfare issues, pet ownership, and responsible animal care to school groups and other organizations visiting the shelter. All education volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Building and Grounds
Volunteers help with yard work, landscaping, snow and garbage removal, and the general upkeep of the building (cleaning, sweeping, and painting as needed). Volunteers must be 16 years or older to participate.
Volunteers are needed to assist staff in preparing mail outs, data entry, filing, phone calls, and greeting people who visit the shelter. The level of assistance varies throughout the year, so volunteers are generally contacted as needed. Volunteers must be 16 years or older to participate.
Volunteers take adoptable animals to visit those staying in special care homes while allowing adoptable animals a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy some affection. The visits are in the afternoon, 7 days a week, and last approximately 1 hour. Volunteers are responsible for providing their own transportation and are responsible for the animal while in their care.
Volunteers are needed 7 days a week in the morning and evening to care for RHS cats at the PetSmart satellite adoption centre. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must arrange their own transportation.
Volunteers provide a temporary home for pets who are injured/sick or are too young to be adopted. While the animal(s) are staying in foster care, the Humane Society provides all animal care supplies for the duration of the animals' stay.
The Safe Places foster care program helps people and animals in a time of crisis including the event of a home fire, an emergency hospitalization, or in cases of domestic abuse. Safe Places volunteers provide a temporary foster home for companion animals and peace of mind to families in need. These placements are completely confidential.
Volunteers work at RHS events and are needed to perform a wide variety of tasks ranging from registering participants and accepting donations to caring for animals, which may be featured at the event or display. To participate volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
Volunteers agree to provide pet supplies (food, litter, etc.) on an as needed basis a few times per year when our supplies run dangerously low. To sign up for the Supply Chain click here.