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Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in the operations of HSHPE and we are always on the lookout for local residents looking to contribute their time, energy and love.

  • Have some time and love to spare?

Community volunteers play a vital role in animals care and fundraising at Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward. When staff have this vital help it grants the opportunity to spend more time with each animal, ensuring their stay is as comfortable as possible. This reduces stress, improves health, and the overall experience. If you’re interested and have some time and love to spare, we’d love to chat with you. Not an animal expert? No problem – full training and support is provided.

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Animal Care Volunteering

Consider joining our team as a cat, dog, or small animal care volunteer or dog walker. These are excellent ways to spend some time around animals and learn all about animal care from our team of professionals.

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Dog Walking

Dog walking volunteers play a vital role in keeping HSHPE dogs mentally and physically exercised. Enjoying a walk together gives the dog a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the shelter environment and allows for some one on one time with a human companion. Dogs who are walked daily, learn basic leash manners and this increases their chance at adoption. We are grateful for our dog walking volunteers.

Dog, Cat and Small Animal Care Animal care volunteers can choose between caring for dogs, cats or small animals. Duties for all animal care volunteers...

Dog, Cat and Small Animal Care

Animal care volunteers can choose between caring for dogs, cats or small animals. Duties for all animal care volunteers include feeding, cleaning, and sorting donated goods and more. Cat care volunteers can also be responsible for cat brushing and socialization. You’ll learn more in your volunteer orientation. Learn more in our HSHPE Volunteer Manual.

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Fostering

If you have the time and space, you can make a difference in the lives of HSHPE animals from the comfort of your home. As demand for service continues to grow, the best way to increase our capacity to care for lost, stray and surrendered animals is to expand our Foster Program. This is a very rewarding volunteer position for both human, and animal. Learn more about our Foster Program.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

We’re always looking for individuals like you to help with special events or fundraising. We organize a number of events and fundraising activities, including our TV Bingo and Wiggle Waggle Walkathon. Have some fundraising or event planning experience? – join our Fundraising Committee.

Special Events HSHPE holds a number of special events throughout the year, including our annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and occasional information and merchandise tables at...

Special Events

HSHPE holds a number of special events throughout the year, including our annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon and occasional information and merchandise tables at locations around the region. The events are organized by our Fundraising Committee, comprised of volunteers, with staff support. Volunteers play a vital role in the success of each event. Training provided for all positions.

Bingo Are you willing to donate 2 hours per month to assist QHS in hosting our TV BINGO Program? No experience necessary, all training will...

Bingo

Are you willing to donate 2 hours per month to assist QHS in hosting our TV BINGO Program? No experience necessary, all training will be provided. Candidates must be 18 or older, and have their own transportation. We operate out of Cogeco in downtown Belleville. Volunteers have the option of being a BINGO Caller (on air), answering phones and verifying tickets, or operating our computer system.

Join our Fundraising Committee We’re always on the lookout for local residents with fundraising or special events organizations skills or experience to lend their voice...

Join our Fundraising Committee

We’re always on the lookout for local residents with fundraising or special events organizations skills or experience to lend their voice and expertise on our fundraising committee.

The Volunteer Application Process

After you submit an application, it will be reviewed by our Volunteer Programs Coordinator. Once approved you’ll be contacted to attend an orientation session, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. After your training, you’ll be able to access our online volunteer forum-Here2Volunteer and can sign up for shifts whenever your schedule allows. Sign up today – the life you change may just be your own!

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6 Great Reasons to Volunteer at Hastings Prince Edward Humane Society

1Help Pets in Need

Many pets that end up in shelters are strays or were surrendered for adoption. Volunteering to spend time with them helps ease their transition, and improves overall chance of adoption by ensuring they’re well socialized.

2Give Back to Your Community

This could be your opportunity to help make Hastings and Prince Edward Counties an even better place to live. You give your time and energy and take home a great sense of accomplishment and contribution.

3Gain Hands-on Pet Care Experience

If you are planning to adopt one day, volunteering is a great way to dip your toes in the water. You’ll interact with animals, learn from animal care professionals and assist in daily care.

4Meet New Friends

What better way to meet people like you – who care about animals and their community?

5Volunteer Experience Looks Great on a Resume!

Even though it is not a paid job, volunteering does have its benefits in the end. Whether you are applying for college or a job, most employers value the fact that you care about your community.

6De-stress from Work or School

Work and school can be stressful, volunteering is a great way to relieve unwanted stress. Spending time with animals is proven to help reduce blood pressure, decreases feelings of isolation or loneliness and boosting your mood! Playing with a dog or cat will not only help you relax, you can feel good knowing you’re increasing that animals chance at adoption by spending time together. Dog walking is a great way to increase dopamine while exercising your mind and body.