Volunteer with AARCS

The act of volunteering is a selfless one, allowing us to gain new skills, new friends, and a new perspective.  It has been said that volunteering is not for the faint of heart.  It requires dedication, reliability, learning and commitment.  When you volunteer, you give part of yourself, your time, your energy and your skills.  It can be a onetime event or become a lifetime activity.

At AARCS, we believe that each volunteer who contributes by working shifts at the shelter, fostering, fundraising, transporting, and the myriad of other jobs we need done, makes a huge difference in the life of our rescued animals.Our volunteers spend ​thousands of hours a month maintaining operations so that we can continue to help more needy and homeless animals. ​In 2015, we saw our amazing team of volunteers log over 30,000 Hours! ​ We could not do what we do without the hundreds of people who volunteer each and everyday. Whether you volunteer an hour a week or three hours a day, everyone is needed.

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  • Current volunteer needs:

  • Transport Volunteers
  • Events Volunteers
  • Cat Caregivers
  • Dog Caregivers
  • Edmonton and Area Volunteers
  • Volunteer Requirements:

  • First and foremost, a love for the animals and their well being!
  • AARCS asks for a minimum of a one year commitment from our volunteers. During that one year, there is a minimum commitment of two shifts per month.
  • Willing to have a police check completed as required. Please note this is not a requirement for all volunteer positions.
  • Contribute to AARCS mission. ‘Changing Lives Through Kindness’ is an important statement for us and not only applies to changing animals lives, but people as well.
  • Have an open mind and willingness to learn! AARCS provides training to our volunteers and will provide additional learning opportunities as they become available and are relevant to your volunteer position.
  • Youth Volunteer Requirements:

  • Youth volunteers between the ages of 10 and 16 are permitted to volunteer, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who is also required to actively participate. Both youth and parent or guardian will be required to attend all training sessions for the desired volunteer placement.
  • Youth volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18, are permitted to volunteer without a parent or guardian present, but must still have their consent.
  • Maintain a one year commitment to your volunteer role.

For information on group or business volunteering, please email our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@aarcs.ca

Apply today to become an AARCS Volunteer


AARCS Safe Haven is based in Calgary where a majority of our operations take place, however there are numerous volunteer opportunities available across the province, now including Edmonton! Wondering what is available in your area? Check in with our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@aarcs.ca

​Here are a few of our favourite reasons YOU should volunteer!

  1. Be part of the solution.  You’ll join a network of hundreds of people working to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures.  Lend a hand and spread the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.
  2. Get warm fuzzies.  You’ll never find a more grateful and accepting comrade than an animal you’ve comforted.
  3. Keep good company.  You’ll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind.  Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.
  4. Meet the new you.  You’ll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you’re capable of achieving.
  5. Gain a new career.  You’ll learn things that may lead you to the career – or career change – of your dreams. Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service.
  6. Enjoy a wagging tail, a purr, and a smile.  Didn’t someone once say that the best things in life are free?

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