Canine Enrichment: Level 2 Holding Volunteer

Canine Enrichment: Level 2 Holding Volunteer

Not currently recruiting.

31267781496_686b6d936d_zVolunteers at the Ottawa Humane Society can give abused and neglected animals the best possible chance for a happy new life with the love and care they deserve. The OHS Volunteer department is seeking reliable, patient, and knowledgeable people to walk dogs, offer basic enrichment, encourage basic obedience (“sit”, “down”, and loose-leash walking), and follow behaviour modification plan instructions for dogs who are not yet ready for adoption. In many cases, the population of dogs who are not yet ready for adoption is much greater than the number of dogs in the Adoptions Centre.

These dogs can be more challenging to handle, as many of these dogs may be new to the shelter (and therefore more stressed) and will have had less time with Canine Intervention and/or Enrichment Volunteers to practice good behaviours. Volunteers are required to make at least a two-hour, weekly commitment over a period of at least one year.

Canine Enrichment Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.
  • Volunteers must be able to handle large dogs and lift 40 pounds.
  • Volunteers must be able to work alone with minimum supervision once trained
  • Volunteers must be familiar with large breed dogs.
  • Volunteers must have experience with obedience training.
  • Volunteers must have experience with handling high-energy dogs, who may be challenging to work with.
  • Volunteers must commit to a weekly shift of two hours per week for a minimum of one year.

We are not currently recruiting for this program.

Steps to becoming a Canine Enrichment Volunteer

  • Complete the volunteer application.
  • Please ensure you specify on your application the program and shift you are interested in volunteering for – please specify between Canine Enrichment Level 1 and Level 2.
  • Volunteers whose skills and availability match the Canine Enrichment, Holding requirements will be contacted for a phone screen and in-person interview.
  • Following a successful interview, volunteers will be asked to submit a Criminal Record Check and attend scheduled orientations.

For more information, please contact our customer service representative: volunteers via email at or via telephone at 613-725-3166 ext. 264.

Thank you for your interest in our Canine Enrichment Volunteer Program!

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