Youth Programs

Do you know someone who has always wanted to work with animals after they graduate?

Youth Apprenticeship Program

(YAP) provides 10 youth in Grades 7-10 with a unique opportunity to further explore their love for animals with specialized programming over the course of four consecutive weeks. Each week, participants will learn about a specialized topic related to animal care and welfare.

All program participation hours can contribute to High School Community Service Hours.

Youth enrolled in this program can look forward to the following:

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the OHS
  • Learning about animal-related careers
  • Understanding canine and feline body Language
  • Exploring the topic of responsible pet ownership
  • Hands-on practical training (animal enrichment, grooming, walking, training, etc.)
  • Viewing a spay/neuter surgery video
  • Volunteering (making cat toys, e-collars and/or stuffing adoption packages)
  • A deep dive discussion about trending humane education topics:
    • Cosmetic testing on animals
    • Food animal welfare
    • The use of animals in entertainment

Cost:  $150 (for four 1.5 hour sessions)

Program Hours:  6:30 to 8 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Winter Session
    • Wednesday, Feb. 5
    • Wednesday, Feb. 12
    • Wednesday, Feb. 19
    • Wednesday, Feb. 26

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We are using a new system for program registrations! If you have feedback or issues using the system, please email programs@ottawahumane.ca.

Youth Volunteer Program

The OHS relies on youth volunteers between 14 to 18 years of age to support our camp programs. All those who are eligible to participate may collect their high school community service hours. Youth volunteer recruitment takes places throughout the year on an as needed basis.

To apply, keep checking our volunteer page at www.ottawahumane.ca/volunteering, or email volunteering@ottawahumane.ca to learn more.

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We are using a new system for program registrations! If you have feedback or issues using the system, please email programs@ottawahumane.ca.

Animal Advocate Program

Do you know someone who has always wanted to work with animals after they graduate?

Animal-related careers are all about hard work, and compassion. Twice each year, the OHS offers this important interactive program for youth ages 12-15. This great opportunity for youth who are interested in animal welfare to learn all about the OHS and a wide variety of animal-related careers. At the end of the day, each participant receives an OHS Animal Advocate Certificate of Completion. In addition to a delicious pizza lunch, youth can look forward to the following activities throughout the day:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the OHS
  • Interaction and socialization with several OHS adoptable cats, dogs and small animals
  • Surgery viewing
  • Dog training demonstration and practice
  • Grooming demonstration and practice
  • Dog walking
  • Visits from knowledgeable OHS staff (i.e. Veterinary Technicians, Canine Behavioural Specialists)

Program hours: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $60

Next Program Date:Take Your Kids to Work Day – Nov. 6, 2019

Download the OHS Program Waiver.
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We are using a new system for program registrations! If you have feedback or issues using the system, please email programs@ottawahumane.ca.

Youth Programs Cancellation Policy

Cancellations without penalty must be submitted seven days prior to the program start date. If a cancellation is required, parents are responsible for contacting the supervisor: programs or by submitting a cancellation request through MyTime.

Cancellations within seven days of the program start date will result in an administrative fee being charged automatically through the MyTime system:

  • $150 for Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • $150 for Youth Leadership Camp
  • $60 for Animal Advocate Program

The OHS reserves the right to cancel any youth program at its discretion and without penalty. In the event of an OHS directed cancellation – the program will be cancelled through MyTime and registration fees will not be collected.