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Humane Helpers

Inspiring the next generation of animal lovers

Youths aged 13–15 can volunteer as part of the Humane Helpers program while accompanied by a participating parent or guardian over 18. Help the animals by completing a variety of important shelter duties, learn about responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals, and experience a meaningful opportunity to work with shelter animals in need.

If you have any questions about the Humane Helper program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Volunteer tasks

  • Cats: Grooming, socializing, making toys, cleaning litter boxes, feeding, folding clean bedding/towels, etc.
  • Dogs: Walking, socializing puppies, grooming, filling KONGS, washing pet dishes, cleaning/tidying kennels, etc.
  • Fundraising: Occasionally sorting books for the book sale, assisting at open houses/Christmas parties, stuffing envelopes, etc.

Volunteer requirements

We ask all of our Humane Helper volunteers to meet the following requirements:

Looking for ways to volunteer at a younger age? By attending our shelter events, families can play a big role in raising funds and promoting the shelter at the same time.  

A mother and daughter volunteer duo at Cochrane Humane.