The Alliston & District Humane Society is 100% volunteer run and 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 interactive PDF and emailing it to: info@allistonhumane.com, or you can kick it old school and download our printable version. You can find the downloads below.


 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

High school student volunteers are expected to complete their full 40 hours with us. The student must be able to commit to at least 2-3 days a month over a period of 6 months. Volunteers under 18 may be requested to bring a parent.


Please specify which team you would like to join. See our teams listed below!

Volunteer Application- Digital (DESKTOP ONLY) (pdf)


Volunteer Application- Mail or Deliver (PRINTABLE) (pdf)




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.


Please specify which team you would like to join. See our teams listed above!

Volunteer Application- Digital (DESKTOP ONLY) (pdf)


Volunteer Application- Mail or Deliver (PRINTABLE) (pdf)


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:

Our Dog Foster Home Application

or, Our Cat 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