Help Out

Carol, Maureen, Maura & Sue & pittiesVolunteers are the heart of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. Donating thousands of hours in virtually every department of the organization, volunteers allow us to continue to provide the services we do. Regardless of the task, all of the work of our dedicated volunteers contributes to our goal of finding loving homes for deserving pets.

You must be 16 years of age to volunteer independently. Youth between 13 -15 years of age can volunteer as part of Humane Helpers Program but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (over 18). For more information on our Humane Helpers Program click here.


Community Groups and Corporate Volunteering – Are you a group interested in volunteering some time at the CAHS? Click here for more Information.


You CAN make a difference…

Anita & kitten

You can help the animals by joining our team of valuable volunteers! We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities that allow you to develop new skills while making a much-needed contribution to our organization and your community. We strive to ensure that volunteer participation meets expectations and is a rewarding experience.

Volunteering is its own reward but there are some other benefits of volunteering with us as well…

  • Be part of an organization with the highest standards of professionalism and dedication to the welfare of animals.
  • Opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of homeless animals.
  • Help increase the adoptability of the animals so they may find their forever homes faster.
  • Learn about animal welfare issues.
  • Use your skills and talents to support a worthy cause.
  • Gain new skills for personal or professional development.
  • Privilege of our CAHS e-newsletter.
  • Access to our Resource Library.
  • Make new acquaintances who share similar interests.
  • Free licks and purrs

Volunteer HoursKaitlin & pup


The shelter is open to volunteers during the following times:

Tuesdays – Sundays: 7am – 7pm
Mondays & Statutory Holidays: 7am – 11am & 3pm – 7pm

Become a Foster Home

One way of helping us rescue and rehabilitate more animals that need us is by becoming a foster home. Acting as a foster home is one of the most beneficial and rewarding things you can do to help out! We can only rescue animals that we have space and time for and often animals entering our doors are those of a special needs nature. Foster homes offer an opportunity for animals requiring extra care or attention to have a second chance at life.

Our Foster program places animals who need a little extra care into foster homes before they are put up for adoption. Experience in animal health, veterinary care and/or animal behaviour is an asset, but not a requirement for participation in the program. The demands on the volunteers’ time tends to be much greater as foster animals need to be cared for in the volunteers’ home and many of the animals require medication, socialization and /or obedience training. There are screening procedures in place to ensure homes will be suitable and the program successful. It’s a program the whole family can be involved in!

Foster homes are provided with all of the necessary equipment required to successfully care for their foster pet. As well, all veterinary care is provided through our shelter hospital and any specialized medical requirements are paid for by the Society. The cost to the foster home is minimal. Those interested in helping out in this manner must have their own pets kept current with their vaccines. Click here for more information.

We are currently looking for foster homes without other pets, homes that have the ability to quarantine animals or care for litters with or without moms.

If you think you could open your home and your heart to foster care, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (403) 932-2072 ext 105 or by email.

Immediate Volunteer Needs



Our Volunteer Opportunities

Shelter Duties

These are volunteer opportunities which take place at the shelter. Many involve direct contact with the animals and are essential to their well-being.



Outside of Shelter Duties

These volunteer opportunities generally take place away from the shelter. Volunteers in these roles play such an important part in raising funds for the shelter and promoting the mission of the Society.

As there are some people who find it emotionally difficult to be involved with the animals at the shelter, volunteering in this capacity helps the mission of the Society but does not have direct one-on-one contact with the animals.


Board of Directors

Apply to join our Board of Directors where you will help shape the direction and growth of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society in the coming years. The board sets policies, determines budgets, and implements fundraising strategies. Board members must also be members of the Society. Click for more information.


Adopted 2017

We changed Chloe’s name to River! She responded to it from the moment we’ve called her that and her recall is coming along so well! It helps that she is very food motivated. She’s learned to shake both paws and give a high 10, spin, sit, wait, and lay down. Her favourite thing to do is run, and man is she fast! Her second favourite thing to do is play with her sister Ellie Mae! They tucker each other out every day! On walks, Ellie’s bloodhound nose points out all the best smells and River always wants to sniff it too. We think she is very happy here in her new home she certainly looks it! Thanks so much for helping us add River to our family!

Meet. Adopt. Love.