This group volunteer experience is an excellent choice for a variety of groups to bond in an informal environment, build teamwork and communication skills and enjoy all the perks of volunteerism! This experience can accommodate:

  • Corporate groups
  • Bachelor/bachelorette groups
  • Birthday parties (ages 12+, a parent/guardian must be present)
  • Family gatherings
  • School groups (ages 12+, please stay tuned for future educational opportunities!)
  • And more!

Through the Helping Paws Group Volunteer Experience, your group will tour our shelter and meet our animals in care; learn about animal welfare from the people involved in saving lives every day; have the opportunity to provide positive socialization experiences for homeless animals; and more.


    STEP 1: Select an available date from the calendar in the dropdown for your selected location below.
    STEP 2: Complete the booking form in your email confirmation.
    STEP 3: Wait for further instruction from the AARCS team!

    See Calgary Availability

    Our Safe Haven shelter in Calgary has group availability Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-3pm. Maximum 1 group per day.

    AARCS Safe Haven in Calgary is located at:
    5060 74 Avenue SE, CALGARY, AB T2C 3C9

    Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

    See Edmonton Availability

    Our North Haven shelter in Edmonton has availability Tues-Thurs from 12pm-4pm. Maximum 1 booking per day.

    AARCS North Haven in Edmonton is located at:
    8108 Coronet Rd NW, EDMONTON, AB T6E 4P1

    Hours of Operation: Tues-Fri 12pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm


    What size of group can you accommodate?

    Our Helping Paws Experience can accommodate groups of up to 15 individuals.

    How long is a group volunteer experience?

    A typical group volunteer experience takes 2.5-3 hours depending on the size of the group and the activities involved.

    General itinerary:

    • Introductory tour (30-40 minutes)
    • Activities (1-1.5 hours), including coffee/snack break
    • Animal snuggles/playtime (30-45 minutes)
    What is the cost to participate?

    Our Group Volunteer Experiences start at a minimum $500 donation for up to 10 participants, and an additional $25 per person up to 15 people.

    Why do I have to pay to volunteer?

    A Group Volunteer Experience is not just a volunteer opportunity; it is an event. It takes significant resources to coordinate a large group within the shelter environment. A donation ensures resources can still be adequately provided to the animals while also providing your group with a positive experience.