The Alliston & District Humane Society is a volunteer organization with paid medical support.  Your participation is critical to the shelter maintaining operations and to the animals in our care.  Our volunteers do a wide variety of things throughout the shelter, so if you don't see something here that suits you please contact us.

You can submit your application by filling out our Volunteer Application Form and emailing it to: info@allistonhumane.com, or you can also print and mail your completed form to: P.O. Box 1455, Everett, ON L0M 1J0 or deliver it to the ADHS Shelter during one of our Open Houses. 

NOTICE:  ADHS volunteer applications in all areas will be responded to after screening and when a suitable vacancy occurs. 

Currently ADHS has openings for


Cat Team

Our cat team is looking for some new volunteers!

The morning cat team shifts are every day of the week for approximately 2 to 3 hours. We are looking for new members to join us one shift per week or bi-monthly depending on availability. Please complete an online application form and our Cat Team Coordinator will be in contact.

Small Animal Team

All shifts are currently full. You may fill in an application but will not be called until there is a vacancy. 

Note:  All shifts take about 2 hours. One to two shifts per month.  The afternoon/evening shift can come in anytime after noon.  Students are welcome Wednesday evening without a parent or on another day with a parent.

If you would like to join our team please fill out an application form .

Shelter Clean-up

Adult or teen help with weekend shelter cleaning and moving animal food. 

Cat Socialization

Potential volunteers for cats, cat socialization and small animals may fill in an application but will not be called until there is a vacancy. 

Dog Team

Potential volunteers for the dog team are being trained continually.  Please submit an application and you will be called after screening and when a training session is open. 


 We are looking for volunteers that are willing to dedicate at least 6 months of their time on a scheduled weekly basis. Volunteers must be able to attend training and an orientation session. Evaluations will be conducted periodically, and at the end of 6 months to determine your suitability and willingness to continue.

Student Volunteers

 ADHS welcomes students who wish to put in volunteer hours at our many fundraising events including: The Alliston PotatoFest Parade, ADHS Walkadogathon, Pet Pictures with Santa, ADHS Children's Beach Party and Halloween Dance, ADHS Kitten Showers, and our annual Easter Egg hunt, as well as a variety of other events.

Specific posts for students who might wish to help with these events will be on this website and on our Facebook Group.


You can view our current volunteer openings above, and more information on our volunteer teams below.




Cat volunteers socialize our cats while cleaning cages, feeding and caring for the many needs of our many felines. Many of the cats love to have their ears scratched and some special attention. Socialization visits are also being scheduled. Training is required for cat volunteers.



The dog team comes in twice a day to walk, train, feed and clean the dogs. Our goal is to have four volunteers per shift (two dog walkers, one handler / trainer, one shuffler / feeder). Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to work with our dogs.


Take a look at our: Dog Program



Small animal volunteers clean cages, feed animals and socialize and interact with rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc. The small animals department also offers shifts for students looking to earn secondary school diploma volunteer hours.



Cat Socialization shifts are open to adults 18 and up and to a child (approximately 12+) with a supervising parent. Parent and child will need to attend the shelter for training with our coordinator who will then determine if the child and parent as a team are a good fit for socializing cats. 

To learn more, take a look at our:

Cat Socialization Program



We always have many items throughout the shelter that need repair, installation, removal etc.,  We could really use your help and expertise if you are a handy person.  There is grass to cut, flowers to tend and snow to shovel every year outside of the shelter also.  A few hours of  your time could make a big difference in shelter operations.



With many community events each year that the shelter participates in we are always in need of volunteers to help.  From attending and managing a booth at the Potato Festival to helping take pictures with Santa, there is something for everyone.  If you love being out in the community and supporting our cause, we would love to have you join us. Your time and expertise will make every event more successful while bringing in much needed funds to support the animals' needs.


 At the top of this page you can view our current volunteer openings, and more information on our volunteer teams above. 

More Ways To Help



We provide the food, YOU provide the love. A foster home provides one of our animals with a temporary home where it can feel like a valued family member. Foster homes not only spare animals from the stress of confinement in a cage in our shelter, but also provides them with a loving home environment and adequate socialization, which makes them more adoptable.


Most of our rescued animals stay in foster homes until adoption. Fostering can be the most rewarding and fulfilling experience for you! By fostering, you are helping to save the life of an unwanted animal. Fostering also gives you and/or your own pets the benefit of pet companionship without the worries of permanent ownership! There are also times when short-term medication foster homes are needed. 

If you are interested, please complete:

Dog Foster Home Application

Cat Foster Home Application

Small Animal Foster Home Application



We welcome and encourage individuals and organizations to run community events on our behalf. We have been very fortunate to have so many people support the work that we do and the programs that we offer by fundraising on our behalf. Third party events help us build relationships in the community and raise public awareness with new people we could not reach without you. This helps bring new donors, adopters and volunteers to the Humane Society, making the effect of your event that much wider!

As a third party event organizer, we encourage you to participate in an activity that you, your friends and your family will enjoy and, at the same time, support the work of the Humane Society. It doesn’t matter whether your event is large or small, there are infinite possibilities that support our mission. 

Please call Sue Shannon at:




We are always in need of a wide variety of items at the shelter. Regular monthly donations help us keep our expenses minimal and let us help more animals in our community!

Visit our Wishlist