Ready to volunteer with hart?
While we have listed many specific volunteer areas below, we are
currently accepting volunteers for a limited
number of volunteer roles. Please visit our volunteer
application to apply today!
If you have skills you would like to offer to hart that are not
described in a specific role below, please let us know!
Adoption Day Volunteer
At-least two times per month hart plans adoption events to
showcase our adoptable dogs to the public. Adoption Days occur at
Petsmart, Paradise Pets, Parks, hart events, and various other
venues. hart is always looking for out-going volunteers to speak to
the public about our adoptable dogs.
Educational Outreach Volunteer
Our commitment to educating the public on animal welfare and
responsible pet ownership has lead us to the development of a
curriculum of educational materials for all ages. We have presented
this material for groups at local libraries and in partnership with
community organizations such as YMCA and Uncles & Aunts at
Large. Future opportunities will also include mentorships and
curriculum development. We are looking for a volunteer leader to
build this program.
Food Distribution Volunteer
Corporate partnerships allow for donated dog food to be picked
up and distributed by volunteers to dogs that cannot yet be rescued
due to lack of foster space. This involves transportation, physical
labour and interaction with donors and/or field volunteers.
Foster Home Volunteer
hart does not have a permanent shelter; therefore, we can only
rescue as many animals as we have "foster" homes for. We are always
in desperate need of "foster parents" who would like to give a
rescued dog a temporary home and basic training and socialization
experience. Most of our animals have never been inside a home
before and have not always been treated well. All food and medical
attention is provided and the rewards are immeasurable. Foster home
volunteers also assist in screening possible adopters. To be
eligible as a foster home, any resident animals must be spayed or
neutered and their immunizations must be up to date. A safe yard
and lots of love and patience are also prerequisites.
Creative and innovative individuals play an important role by
raising funds for rescue initiatives, foster home resources,
medical and behavioural rehabilitation necessities, and spay/neuter
initiatives. Such efforts include independent events, merchandise
sales, silent auctions, food drives, corporate sponsorships, bottle
drives, retail liaising, bake sales, and so much more. hart is
always looking to take part in unique fundraising
Technologically savvy and artistic individuals are wanted to
help create touching videos, foster home recruitment campaigns,
social media content, and so much more.
Medical Care & Rehabilitation Volunteer
With the assistance of veterinary partners, animal health
professionals and dog trainers within the city of Edmonton, hart is
able to work with foster homes to rehabilitate rescued dogs to a
healthy state. Home visits are also done to ensure vaccinations and
medications are properly administered.
One-Off Task Volunteers
We are always looking for volunteers to help with one-off
activities that can be done from home. We currently need help
creating hart promotion bags, adoptable dog profile cards, donation
solicitation, merchandise sales, foster home recruitment, adoptable
dog promotion, adoption packages, and so much more.
Our rescues often take place last minute and in rural or reserve
areas of Alberta. We often rely on Field Volunteers to deliver or
facilitate the rescue of dogs in their communities. Volunteers
assist in rescue missions by helping with the rescue and
transportation of dogs from the field to one of our veterinary
partners, intake home or foster home. Without foster homes hart is
unable to rescue dogs in need.
Special Event Volunteer
hart organizes many events that focus on fundraising, foster
home promotion, adoptable dog promotion, or spay/neuter education.
Event volunteers have the opportunity to represent hart to the
public and be involved in the planning and implementation of the
events. hart events include our Annual Anniversary PAWTY, Run for
Rescues, Santa Paw Photos, Paw it Forward, BBQ's, Christmas
Concerts, Barks at the Bar, and many more fun and exciting
SNIP (Spay & Neuter In Partnership) Volunteer
This population control project offers our target community
residents a subsidized spay and neuter of $75 to encourage
responsible pet ownership. At this time we are able to provide two
SNIP procedures per month thanks to our veterinary partners. This
involves transportation of dogs and interaction between dog owners,
veterinary offices, and foster homes.
Target Community Outreach Volunteer
An essential factor to hart's success is relationships with
residents of our target communities. We take pride in the
connections made and facilitate their growth. Field volunteers from
these communities help us identify dogs in need, assist in rescue
operations and distribute food for dogs in need.
There is a vast array of transport needs. We often require help
transporting everything from dogs to food to recyclables.