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Volunteering with Animal Services

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.

Please note:
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.

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
  • Social media updating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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.

Training and Criminal Record Check:

  • Must have completed the volunteer applicant screening process that includes the application, parental consent form and reference forms.
  • Must complete a Criminal Record Check (satisfactory to the City of Winnipeg), when a placement is ready.
  • Volunteers will receive an orientation prior to beginning their placement.


Volunteers will:

  • Undergo an in person orientation with the Adoption and Community Education Coordinator.
  • Report to and take direction from Animal ServicesÂ’ staff.
  • Communicate any questions or concerns about the program to Animal ServicesÂ’ Staff as necessary.
  • Respect confidentiality and follow Animal ServicesÂ’ policy and procedures.

How to Apply for a Volunteer Position

1. Fill out the Volunteer Application Forms

Interested applicants are asked to fill out the following documents:

2. Submit Your Completed Application Forms

Submit your applications forms, including the Volunteer Application and Parental Consent Form (for youth 14-17 years) by:

Mail or Drop-off:
City of Winnipeg
Animal Services Agency
1057 Logan Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N8


Fax your completed form to 204-986-6878.

After You Apply for a Volunteer Position

Volunteer applicants will be interviewed and assessed. Please note that the volunteer screening process and Criminal Record Check may take up to 6 weeks to complete.

1. Screening Interview

Applicants will be called for a screening interview upon receipt of a completed volunteer application.

2. Criminal Record Check

Following a successful screening interview, a Criminal Record Check (with a Vulnerable Sector Screening request) satisfactory to the City of Winnipeg will be required. View details on the Criminal Record Check process.

Please Note:
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

Once the screening interview and Criminal Record Check is complete, the applicant will be provided with information from the Program Lead concerning their placement, orientation, and supervision.

For More Information

Email us or call 311.

Last update: February 14, 2018
Community Services Department - General Reception
395 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3N8
Phone: 311
Fax: 311
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