Volunteering

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteers are such an integral part of our life-saving work at the Brant County SPCA.

We encourage the participation of volunteers who are willing to “…afford the animals of our community with a compassionate voice in all matters relating to the prevention of cruelty towards animals and the promotion of animal welfare, to provide a humane shelter for the abandoned, abused, neglected, and injured animals and to educate the community in this light in order to cultivate a kind and benevolent society”.

These are the volunteer opportunities available at the Brant County SPCA:

  • Adoptathons – This involves a high energy environment pet store setting where shelter animals are brought to meet the public and find new loving homes. Weekends are the key here and the volunteer must have excellent communication and customer service skills, their own transportation and the ability to handle different types of animals.
  • Cat Buddies – This involves socializing and grooming cats and possibly other small pets that come into our care to ensure our shelter animals are happy and healthy. Volunteers should enjoy the company of cats both young and old as well as small animals and not suffer from cat or small pet allergies.
  • Dog Walkers – This involves walking and socializing dogs that come into our care to ensure our shelter animals are happy and healthy. Volunteers should enjoy the company of dogs both young and old and possess the ability to walk and maintain control of the animal at all times.
  • Events – This involves a variety of special events such as our Friends for Life Walkathon, Fore the Animals Charity Golf Tournament and Pet Pics with Santa. Volunteers must be high energy and creative, have excellent communication and customer service skills as well as a flexible schedule.
  • Foster Friends – This involves providing a temporary, nurturing home for shelter animals prior to adoption. This can vary between short and longer term stays depending on the animal’s needs. Volunteers who wish to become a Foster Friend are required to submit a foster application. Please see below for our foster application and additional information from our Manager of Animal Care.
  • Garden Maintenance/Lawn Care – This involves using a riding mower to cut the lawns at the shelter as well as trimming, weeding and mulching the many gardens we have on site. Volunteers should enjoy gardening and the great outdoors and not suffer from seasonal allergies.
  • Read and Relax – This involves reading to the dogs in our care in a quiet setting in order to reduce our shelter animals degree of stress. Volunteer must be comfortable around dogs large and small and be available during regular shelter hours.
  • Shelter Maintenance – This involves providing routine maintenance to the shelter buildings and fixtures. Volunteers must be a jack-of-all-trades who enjoy doing a variety of tasks and be able to provide their own tools for the job.
  • Thrift Store – This involves helping staff and stock our SPCA Thrift Store located on Colborne St. Volunteers must have excellent communication and customer service skills as well as be available for pre-scheduled shifts.

Volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application, attend an orientation session and submit a current vulnerable police check dated within six months of application submission date.

Please contact the shelter directly to receive a Brant County SPCA Police Check Letterhead.  When you provide this letter head to the police station you will receive your vulnerable sectors check for a reduced volunteer rate of $20.

All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

To download our Volunteer Application click here.

Become A Foster Family

Every year thousands of animals (particularly cats) enter shelters. Many of them are considered extremely vulnerable within the shelter and will need foster homes. Also, if the animal(s) will not be ready for adoption for some time, then a cage environment is not ideal for them. In order to give them the best chance possible we recruit foster families to take them in on a temporary basis. The Brant County SPCA fosters out pregnant cats/dogs, nursing cats/dogs, orphaned kittens/puppies, cats/dogs that have been injured, cats/dogs that are sick, cats/dogs that may need socialization.

The amount of time you will have the foster animal(s) in your home will vary depending on the particular need of the animal(s). Our goal is to get the animal(s) well and big enough that they can be spay/neutered, microchipped and placed up for adoption.

All you need to supply is the space and the love, we supply everything else they need including; food, litter, litter boxes, feeding dishes, toys, crates if needed, vaccinations/flea prevention/deworming, medications if needed, formula and nursing bottles if needed.

Be a foster and save a life!

Foster applications are available from our website www.brantcountyspca.com, under the volunteer tab, or you can stop by the shelter at 539 Mohawk Street any time we are open and pick one up. The shelter is open Mon-Fri from 11am-6pm and Saturdays 11am-5pm.

Nadine Dwinnell
Manager of Animal Care
Brant County SPCA

To download our Foster Family Application click here.

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