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Age Requirements:


  • Volunteers ages 14 to 16 require parent or guardian supervision at ALL times, as well as signed consent
  • Volunteers aged 16 to 18 do not require parent or guardian supervision, but must have signed consent
  • Volunteers aged 18+ can provide own consent and do not require supervision

Schools and Larger Groups:

Unfortunately, due to limited space we are unable to accommodate large groups within our shelter.
Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at community@tbdhs.ca for more information.

Community Service & High School Credits:

Why not get your credits by having some fun with us at our shelter? Helping Animals = Graduation!

Community Service Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Volunteers are required to have parental supervision at all times (up to 16 years of age)
  • Volunteering includes shelter duties such as maintenance, lawn services, laundry, and cleaning as well as animal enrichment

Note: Wait times for High School students to volunteer make take longer to accommodate. It is recommended to begin volunteering as soon as possible to ensure we are able to add you into our volunteer schedule.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Purpose: Want to get a look at some behind the scenes at our shelter? Well, our cleaning and maintenance team is where you want to be! We are always looking for some special individuals with a strong stomach to help assist our Animal Care team in various cleaning and maintenance opportunities in our shelter. If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, apply today!

Purpose: We are actively out and about in our community!  We are looking for some outgoing, fun, animal loving individuals to help us make our events bigger and better! If this sounds like you, make sure you fill out our volunteer application so that you can become part of our amazing team! *Must be 18 or over*

Purpose: Animal socialization will primarily focus on socializing with our cats, and some of our dogs. This means you are spending time with each animal, providing them with stimulation (petting, playing with toys, etc.) Anything to give them the feeling that they are loved. We have a lot of animals that are easily stressed from being in a shelter environment, so providing them with that enrichment and support really helps them come out of their shell and a lot of the time will get them adopted a lot quicker

Purpose: Research shows that walking a dog is very important as it helps build trust and encourages socialization. This can be very beneficial for a shelter dog who may need a bit more assistance in becoming more comfortable with different environments, animal interactions, or new faces. Basic duties include potty breaks (this includes scooping up poop!), exercise, basic obedience training, and hands on socialization. Volunteers must have good physical strength and the ability to handle animals that may be shy or rambunctious. Please note, for your safety, that all dogs need to remain on their leash at all times and are not permitted to go to off leash dog parks.

Purpose: Are you organized? Enjoy planning events? Outgoing and ready to have fun? We need you to be a part of our Fundraising Event Team! Assisting in Adoption Fairs, BINGOs, Pop Up Shops and various other Fundraisers throughout the city of Thunder Bay. If you have some free time and want to make a difference in your community, apply today!

Contact Us


Weekdays 11 – 5pm

Weekends 11 – 5pm




Weekdays 12 – 4:30pm

Weekends 12 – 4:30pm



1535 Rosslyn Road

Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6W2

Tel: (807) 475-8803

Fax: (807) 475-4717

Email: info@tbdhs.ca

Charitable No. 89433 0273 RR 0001



1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625)