Youth Programs

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

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

Please Note: Registration for 2019-2020 fall/winter programming will be available online on Aug. 26.

Download the OHS Program Waiver.

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, or email to learn more.

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2018-2019 Fall/Winter Program Guide