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Volunteer with WECHS

“No act of kindness no matter how small, is ever wasted” – AESOP


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with WECHS. Here you will find our active volunteer programs, information and updates. Please note in-shelter volunteers must be 18 years of age – if you are under 18yrs old, please visit our Youth Involvement section of our website.

Cat Enrichment

The cats in our care require attention and TLC while they wait for their forever home. Our volunteers help them to adjust to shelter living by providing necessary enrichment such as playing, brushing, and conversation.

To apply, click below!

Dog Enrichment

The dog world has many breeds and sizes, each with their own temperament. Dog Enrichment volunteers participate in their care through human interaction, supportive training, and physical activity while they wait to be adopted.

Applications for the dog enrichment program are now closed.

Foster Volunteers

Foster volunteers care for WECHS animals in their own homes until they are ready for adoption. They have a vital role, working closely with our Foster Coordinator to provide the animals in our care the chance they need for a positive outcome.

For more information and to apply, click below!

Event Volunteers

Throughout the year, the various events we host benefit from a helping hand – if you’re interested in volunteering as the need arises, this is a great option for you. Once you are approved as an event volunteer, you’ll receive emails when there is an opportunity to volunteer – if you wish to participate, respond; otherwise, let the request go until the next one comes along.

To apply to become an Event Volunteer, please click below!

To apply to become an Event Volunteer, please click below!

Transport Volunteer

Transport volunteers safely deliver animals to and from the WECHS, both within and outside of Windsor-Essex region. This position is as needed, with emails going out when transport is required.
To learn more or become a Transport Volunteer, email

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. Unfortunately, we do not keep a wait list of interested volunteers. Please check back.


PLEASE NOTE: If the responsibilities of a volunteer position involves authority over or the trust of persons who are vulnerable members of society (such as children, seniors, or persons with special needs), a vulnerable sector screening police records check will be required before the commencement of the volunteer work.

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