Animal Shelter

New Westminster Animal Services is always in need of volunteers to help give the extra attention and exercise to our adoptable animals. From dog walking to cat socialization, there are many opportunities for you to help a little critter in need.


Volunteer Positions Available:

Dog Walker
As a volunteer dog walker, you will have to chance to spend quality one-on-one time with our dogs. Whether it is a walk around Queensborough and the Fraser River or just playing in the exercise yard, this extra attention goes a long way with easing the stress of daily shelter life.

Available: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm seven days a week

Cat & Small Animal Socialization
With so many cats and small animals residing at the shelter, it is very important that they receive the most interaction in order to feel comfortable. Helping socialize the animal through play, praise and providing love is very important and helps increase their chances of being adopted.

Available: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm seven days a week.

Animal Grooming
Like humans, animals require grooming in order to feel and look their best. Though with different personalities, this can be either a challenging or fun and amusing experience.

Available: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm seven days a week.

Who can volunteer?

Adults, youth and children can volunteer at our shelter. Please note that volunteers under the age of 19 will be required to attend with an adult volunteer and cannot volunteer on their own. Also, any volunteer under the age of 19 will not be able to participate in the dog walking program without being accompanied by an adult volunteer, and only the adult volunteer can handle the dog during the walk.


How you can volunteer

Becoming a volunteer is easy! There are four steps to becoming a volunteer with our Animal Shelter:

Step 1: 

Contact Animal Services to receive the following:

  • Animal Services Volunteer Application Form
  • Criminal Record Check Form:
    • Criminal record checks are only applicable to volunteers 19 years of age or older
    • New Westminster residents please take these forms and 2 pieces of government issued identification (e.g. BC driver’s license, passport, etc.) to Police Services (555 Columbia Street; 7am-3pm). Police Services will contact you once the check is complete and available for pick-up. This will be provided free of charge.
    • Volunteers residing outside New Westminster will be required to obtain a criminal record check in their jurisdiction. Animal Services will provide the necessary paperwork/location for this check.

Step 2:

Once the above forms have been completed and submitted to Animal Services, you will have an interview with an Animal Services Officer. This will assist us with matching the best position for your skill level.

Step 3:

After the interview, you will attend an orientation session at the Animal Shelter where you will be provided a full tour of our facility that will also include leash training for volunteers interested in dog walking.

Step 4:

Start volunteering by scheduling a shift!

Click here to download the Animal Shelter Volunteer pdf!

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