Canine Foster Volunteer

(Georgian Triangle Humane Society)

Position ID: V-CWD0402
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2024
Last Full Update: 19 Mar 2024

Opportunity Details: Canine Foster Volunteer


Please be advised that a Foster Application Form will need to be completed by all applicants - this will help us determine which foster candidates are most suitable for your family and home environment.

Contact Adrienne Thorp, Volunteer Program Supervisor, Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS); Phone: 705-445-5204 ext 230; Email:

Canine Foster Volunteers provide a safe, loving and temporary home for puppies (4-6 puppies at a time), senior dogs and adult dogs with specific needs. You must have the ability to separate the foster animals from any pets in your home by keeping them in a separate room, if necessary. We will provide resources and all the supplies you need.   
Canine Foster Volunteers are responsible for helping the puppies, seniors and / or adult dogs in their care thrive until they are ready to be adopted (or to be returned to their owner in cases of Emergency Boarding). This will include feeding the animals at least twice a day, possibly more, potty training (for puppies), and exercising and socializing the animals. It may also include bottle feeding (if caring for orphaned or struggling puppies) and administering oral medications.  
We are ideally looking for volunteers who are willing to assist with more than one of the following foster scenarios:  

  • 4-6 puppies under 4 weeks of age, requiring bottle feeding  
  • 4-6 puppies over 4 weeks of age  
  • Dogs with medical or special needs (eg. provide medication, ensure ‘bedrest’ post-surgery) 
  • Pregnant or nursing moms  
  • Dogs in need of socialization or with behavioural concerns  
  • Senior dogs who don't tend to fare well in a 'shelter' environment
  • Dogs belonging to pet owners in need of emergency boarding in times of crisis
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  • Care for animals in need in your own home - all foster supplies are provided by the GTHS
  • Keeping active
  • Meeting like-minded people supporting a good cause
  • AGM Voting rights after 90 days
  • Reduced cost GTHS apparel and Treasure Tails discount voucher
  • First in line to adopt
  • Volunteer events, volunteer recognition, volunteer newsletter and internal Facebook group access
  • Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours Yes
    Areas of Interest Animal Services ; Community / Neighbourhood Volunteering
    Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Patience ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Some dog / puppy handling experience is required. Please complete a Foster Application form to apply : 'How to become a GTHS Volunteer' section at 
    If wanting to complete volunteer hours for school, please contact your school to ascertain whether they will approve fostering activities - some do, some don't.
    Commitment Length Short Term (3 months or less) - Foster cases may range from a few days, a few weeks, to several months - based on your agreement to the foster cases you are offered ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 6 months, but this does not mean you will be fostering for the entirety of that time.
    Interaction Level Virtual Volunteering - Foster animals in your home until they are old enough/ready to be fixed and/or to go up for adoption ; Foster from home. A separate room and / or the ability to separate your pet(s) from the animal(s) being fostered is required.
    Accessibility Not Accessible ; The areas of our facility accessed by Foster Volunteers is unfortunately not Accessible
    Location Collingwood
    Number of Positions Blue Mountains: 2 individual(s) ; Clearview (Simcoe County): 2 individual(s) ; Collingwood: 2 individual(s) ; Grey County: 2 individual(s) ; Simcoe County: 2 individual(s) ; Wasaga Beach: 2 individual(s) 
    12 individual(s) needed in total. 
    Foster Volunteers must live in the area, to visit the Animal Centre in Collingwood for appointments, surgeries, foster supply collection, etc. and in case of the unexpected
    Training Orientation ; Training is provided - Resources, support and guidance will be provided ; Training is required ; Foster volunteers are expected to have some dog / puppy handling experience. Resources, support and guidance will be provided according to the foster scenario(s) you are assigned.
    Transportation Car required
    Police Check Not Required
    Additional Requirements Please submit a Foster Application Form to apply. Go to 'How to become a GTHS volunteer' section at
    Start Date On or after 20 Mar 2024

    Agency Details: Georgian Triangle Humane Society

    Office Phone 705-445-5204
    Address & Map
    549 10th Line
    Collingwood, ON
    Canada L9Y 0W1
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    Mailing Address 549 10th Line 
    Canada L9Y 0W1