Volunteer

Volunteering for Humane Society London & Middlesex

Volunteers are essential to the continued success of our shelter. 

Humane Society London & Middlesex has many volunteer positions available to animal lovers in London and area. Some of these volunteer opportunities involve direct contact with the animals in our care, while others are concerned with fundraising and event organization.

Volunteer activities range from regular visits to the shelter to socialize with cats, small animals and dogs to volunteering at events throughout the community.

Our Current List of Volunteer Opportunities

Click on each opportunity to view the required commitment, skills and responsibilities. 

If one or more of these programs appeals to you please complete an application form.

*Please note that volunteers must complete a Police Information Check and be 18 years of age or older.

Complete a Volunteer Application

In Shelter Opportunities

Dog Walker

Purpose:

  • To enrich our dogs’ lives through socialization and exercise

Hours:

  • Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Weekends 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • *Time-slot availability varies*

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide attention, care, play-time, grooming, walks etc. to adoptable dogs
  • Ensure safety of animals at all times
  • Maintain cleanliness of outside dog runs and areas where you walk
  • Keep detailed and organized records for each dog

Time Commitment:

  • Weekly commitment of 1+ hours

Required Skills:

  • Able to handle strong and large dogs
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Be patient and follow instructions
  • Tolerate various weather conditions (heat, rain, cold, etc.)
  • Friendly attitude towards the public, fellow volunteers, and staff
  • Experience with dogs and knowledge of positive-reinforcement training techniques are an asset

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Dog training (1 hour)

Cat Socializer

Purpose:

  • To enrich our cats’ lives through socialization and exercise

Hours:

  • Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Weekends 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • *Time-slot availability varies*

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide attention, care, play-time, grooming, etc. to adoptable cats
  • Ensure safety of animals at all times
  • Maintain cleanliness of cat socialization rooms
  • Keep detailed and organized records for each cat

Time Commitment:

  • Weekly commitment of 1+ hours

Required Skills:

  • Pay attention to detail
  • Able to lift 20lbs
  • Be patient and follow instructions
  • Friendly attitude towards the pubic, fellow volunteers, and staff
  • Experience with cats is an asset

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Cat training (1 hour)

Small Animal Socializer

Purpose:

  • To enrich our small animals’ lives through socialization and exercise

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide attention and play-time for our adoptable small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, etc.

Time Commitment:

  • Weekly commitment of 1+ hours

Required Skills:

  • Pay attention to detail
  • Be patient and follow instructions
  • Friendly attitude towards the public, fellow volunteers, and staff
  • Ensure safety of animals at all times
  • Able to lift 10 lbs
  • Experience with small animals is an asset

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Small animal training (1/2 hour)

Clean Team

*Clean Team will not be responsible for cleaning animal cages*

Purpose:

  • To keep our kennel looking and smelling its best, and to keep our animals healthy

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain shelter cleanliness (sweep, mop, vacuum, etc.)
  • Wash dishes and litter pans
  • Laundry

Time Commitment:

  • Weekly or bi-weekly commitment of 1+ hours

Required Skills:

  • Follow instructions
  • Friendly attitude towards the public, fellow volunteers, and staff

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Clean team training (1/2 hour)

Gardening Team

Purpose:

  • To keep the outside of our building looking its best

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in gardening activities such as planting, weeding, raking, etc.

Time Commitment:

  • 2 hours once a month or as required

Required Skills:

  • Be able to tolerate various weather conditions (heat, rain, etc.)
  • Follow instructions
  • Friendly attitude towards the public, fellow volunteers, and staff

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Additional training on-site as required

Building/Maintenance

Purpose:

  • To keep our building in good condition

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with building repairs
  • Provide a specialized service (could include electrical work, drywall, painting, plumbing, lighting, etc.)

Time Commitment:

  • 2 hours once a month or as required

Required Skills:

  • Knowledgeable of proper protocol and safety measures when completing repairs
  • Able to lift heavy objects

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Additional training on-site as required

Community Event Opportunities

Adoption Events

*Adoption Events occur on various weekends throughout the year*

Location:

  • Masonville PetSmart, Westwood Pet Valu, or Ren’s Pet Depot

Purpose:

  • To help our animals get adopted into loving homes!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the public in filling out adoption applications
  • Answer questions from the public about HSLM
  • Ensure cats and small animals are safe, happy, and healthy throughout the event
  • Collect payment from approved adopters
  • Represent Humane Society London & Middlesex in a positive and enthusiastic manner

Time Commitment:

  • 1 shift is usually 2 – 4 hours at an adoption event

Required Skills:

  • Friendly attitude towards the public and fellow volunteers
  • Pay attention to detail and follow instructions
  • Experience in customer service is an asset

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Events training (1/2 hour)

Pet Gifts

*Booths are set up at various events throughout the year (craft shows, vendor fairs, etc.), but the busiest times are November – December*

*If you are interested in being on our sewing team for pet gifts, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email*

Location:

  • Venues all over London and Middlesex County

Purpose:

  • To sell packaged and home-made pet gifts (for cats and dogs)

Key Responsibilities: Sales

  • Represent Humane Society London & Middlesex in a positive and enthusiastic manner
  • Set up/tear down of booth
  • Keep items organized (pet gifts, documents, sale slips, etc.)
  • Collect payment from customers

Time Commitment:

  • 1 shift is usually 3 – 4 hours
  • Attend at least 1 event between November – December

Required Skills:

  • Friendly attitude towards the public and fellow volunteers
  • Pay attention to detail and follow instructions
  • Experience in customer service is an asset

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Events training (1/2 hour)

Special Events

*Includes our largest annual fundraiser Bark in the Park Festival (June), National Cupcake Day (February), and many other events throughout the year*

Location:

  • May take place at the shelter or at off-site venues in London and Middlesex County

Purpose:

  • To raise awareness and/or funds for Humane Society London & Middlesex

Key Responsibilities

  • Represent Humane Society London & Middlesex in a positive and enthusiastic manner
  • Other responsibilities will vary depending on the event and will be outlined in greater detail before sign-up

Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 3 – 4 hours each shift

Required Skills:

  • Friendly attitude towards the public, fellow volunteers, and staff
  • Able to work as a member of a team
  • Follow instructions

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Additional training will depend on the nature of the event

Bingo Events

*Bingo nights occur once a month year round*

Location:

  • Lucky Days Bingo Hall (539 First Street)

Purpose:

To raise funds for Humane Society London & Middlesex

Key Responsibilities:

  • Represent Humane Society London & Middlesex in a positive and enthusiastic manner
  • Sell bingo sheets and distribute cash prizes

Time Commitment:

  • Attend at least 2 Bingo nights each year
  • Shifts run from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Required Skills:

  • Friendly attitude towards the public and fellow volunteers
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Follow instructions

Training:

  • General orientation (1 hour)
  • Bingo training (1/2 hour at Bingo Hall)

Frequently Asked Volunteering Questions

How do I become a volunteer?

Volunteer positions are available only to those individuals who are 18 years of age or older. All volunteers will be required to complete a Police Information Check.

Humane Society London & Middlesex requires that all volunteer complete an “application form” and a general orientation session. Depending on your area of interest, you may be required to complete additional training.

What is expected of a volunteer?

The most important attribute of a volunteer is commitment! We understand that people’s schedules may not always be consistent and that hours of availability may fluctuate, however, we need your commitment to selected programs for our relationship to be mutually beneficial.

Volunteers participate in a number of different programs on our behalf and each follows varying timelines. However, in the case of our animal care volunteers, we do require a regular visit to the shelter; weekly is ideal. We would also hope that you have applied with a long-term commitment to the animals in mind.

Why become a Humane Society London & Middlesex volunteer?

What’s in it for you? In addition to the personal satisfaction of knowing that you’re contributing to the well being of animals, you’ll gain valuable experience, contacts, and the pleasure of working with others who also care deeply about animal welfare.