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Animal Services Agency

Volunteering with Animal Services

Volunteer orientations postponed

All volunteer orientations are postponed until further notice.

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Animal Services!

Volunteers primarily work with dogs that are up for adoption. These dogs receive valuable socialization during their stay at Animal Services by generous volunteers.

If youth are under 16 years (14 or 15 year-olds) they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also a volunteer.

Corporate volunteerism

Did you know we have corporate volunteer opportunities? Corporate volunteering is a great way to team build, while improving the health and wellness of your employees. Our doggies also love extra attention! Corporate volunteering is streamlined and easy. If interested in corporate volunteerism, simply contact us!

Available duties and responsibilities

Dog socialization

  • Helping get dogs familiar with walking on a leash.
  • Teaching dogs/puppies how to be handled.
  • Spending time with dogs so they are exposed to different people helping them get more comfortable around strangers.

Dog walking

  • Taking dogs out for walks.
  • Taking dogs into the outside enclosures for exercise.

Dog care

  • Assist Kennel staff with bathing dogs.
  • Brushing dogs.
  • Provide food and water to dogs.

Community outreach

  • Assist at events.
  • Digital photography of adoptable dogs and uploading to website

Basic cleaning

  • Washing dishes
  • Laundry
  • Sweeping and mopping

Skills and qualifications

  • Must be a minimum of 14 years of age to volunteer with an adult.
  • Volunteers aged 16 and over may volunteer alone.
  • Physically fit and be able to independently work with dogs of all sizes and energy levels.

How to apply for a volunteer position

1. Orientation session

Attend one of our monthly orientation sessions where we will review our volunteer program, provide applications, and take a tour of our facility.

2. Criminal Record Check

A Criminal Record Check (with a Vulnerable Sector Screening request) satisfactory to the City of Winnipeg will be required at the cost of the applicant. View details on the Criminal Record Check process.

When completing an online application, please note the following question:
Which agency are you applying for?
Answer: City of Winnipeg

All applicants must provide the Animal Services Agency with a copy of their Criminal Record Check Certificate. Applicants must bring the original copy of the Criminal Record Check Certificate to the Animal Services Agency; a copy of the Criminal Record Check Certificate will be made and the original returned to the applicant. Criminal Record Checks cannot be more than three months old.

3. Volunteer placement

Email us at once you have:

  1. attended an orientation session (dates posted on and on Facebook)
  2. completed your application forms
  3. received your completed Criminal Record Check Certificate

An Animal Services’ representative will then contact you to begin volunteer training.

For more information

or call 311.

Last update: March 20, 2020