Animal Caregiver

(Grey Bruce Animal Shelter)

Position ID: V-CWD0138
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022
Last Full Update: 26 Aug 2019

Opportunity Details: Animal Caregiver

Contact Deb Takeda, Operations Manager, Grey Bruce Animal Shelter; Phone: 519-372-1911; Email:
Duties We are always looking for volunteers to help out around the kennels. We are open every morning 7 days a week from 8AM - noon. We have a shift of volunteers in every morning to look after the cats and dogs: cleaning, feeding, grooming, walking, laundry, vet runs, administering medications and of course putting dogs out in outdoor runs and walking them. We walk the dogs every day, unless the weather is really, really bad (i.e. too cold or just plain dangerous). We also have evening dog walkers who are paired up for safety reasons (don't want people out at the shelter alone) and they walk dogs or put them out for a stretch in outdoor pens, administer any necessary evening medications and/or extra feeds to cats or dogs and clean up any kennels that have messes.  
We do ask volunteers to try and commit to a period of time on a regular basis (e.g. a particular morning/evening every week or every other week) as it makes it easier for scheduling and also keeps the volunteer familiar to the animals they are caring for. With the dogs, this makes a big difference. We have some dogs that are with us for a while before finding a forever home so we try to have them handled by people they know as much as possible.
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Benefits High school students can receive volunteer hours and/or do co-op semesters. All volunteers get the satisfaction of seeing the happy welcome they are given by animals who just want to be loved. Working with animals can be very therapeutic for mind and body. Make new friends among the volunteers with all the shared experiences. We also welcome community living volunteers with their caregivers.
Clients Dogs and Cats in need of new homes
Ages 14 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours Yes
Areas of Interest Animal Services ; Cleaning Services ; Community Outreach ; Friend / Penpal ; Guide / Greeter ; Information & Referral Services ; Social Interaction ; Telephone Communication
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Creativity ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; First Aid ; Friendly & Outgoing ; General Computer Skills ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Patience ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Public Speaking ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work
Commitment Length Short Term (3 months or less) ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term (More than 1 year) ; We appreciate all help and time donated by our volunteers
Interaction Level One-on-one ; Small Group
Accessibility Fully Accessible
Location 457437 Concession 8 S Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N8
Number of Positions Bruce County: 10 individual(s) ; Grey County: 10 individual(s) 
20 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation ; Training is provided ; Training on the job ; Application form will need to be completed.
Transportation Car required ; Volunteers responsible for own transportation
Police Check Not Required

Agency Details: Grey Bruce Animal Shelter

Office Phone 519-372-1911
Address & Map
457437 Concession 8 S
Owen Sound, ON
Canada N4K 5N8
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Mailing Address PO Box 442 
Owen Sound, ON 
Canada N4K 5P7