Youth Involvement

How Can I Get Involved If I’m Under 18 Years Old?

Completing Your Required High School Volunteer Hours

 Newspaper Collection Program

We use newspapers to line many of our cages for animal intake. Collect old newspapers, remove the glossy ads and half sheets, and lie the large double sheets flat in a pile. We’ll give you one hour of community service for each inch of newspaper you bring us, up to 20 hours. The student must be present when bringing papers to the Humane Society.

Please note that due to COVID-19 the Humane Society is not currently accepting newspaper donations. For the safety of our staff we ask that you do not bring them in to the shelter at this time. Hold on to them and when it is safe to do so we will resume accepting newspapers and signing off on hours. If you have already collected newspapers and are in need of hours to graduate this year, please call Sarah at 519-966-5751 ext 123 to discuss options. 

Please note – the papers must be flat, not bundled, with all single sheets and ads removed.

Do Your Co-op Program at the Humane Society


Each semester the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society takes several high school students from across Windsor/Essex County to complete their co-op credits. We value and appreciate the work these students do and in return, try to provide them with valuable work experience related to animals and animal care.

 Job Information

If chosen as a co-op student you will be rotated through various areas of the shelter, learning the tasks and responsibilities associated with each area.  The different positions are Pound Kennel Worker, Adoption Kennel Worker, Adoption Counselor and Behaviour Personnel.

Some of the tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Laundry and dishes
  • Sweeping/mopping floors
  • Assist with the cleaning/feeding/watering of animals
  • Socializing cats/dogs and small animals
  • Assist with behaviour assessments
  • Assist with Adoption Counseling
  • Bathing dogs
  • General building maintenance
  • Emptying donation cart from front office and put away supplies
  • Assist the public looking for their lost pets

 How to Apply

Fill out the Co-op Application, attach your resume, attendance record and a short essay on why you would like to co-op with the Humane Society.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Shelter Manager by email no later than one week prior to expected start date.

Please note, there are limited space available. Students will be selected based on their application, an interview and their availability.

Run Your Own Fundraiser


One great way to get involved in helping the animals at the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society is to hold a fundraiser. When you raise funds and donate them to the Humane Society, you are taking part in making sure all the animals have food, clean water, warm blankets, and lots of toys.

We have a special youth fundraising guide to help you get started.  If you have any questions, please email or call 519-966-5751 ext. 21

Do you like to color? Here are a few pet-themed coloring pages for you to download 🙂


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