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We are able to help thousands of animals because of generous support from people like you!

Hundreds of volunteers give thousands of hours annually to the animals at the Lincoln County Humane Society. Volunteers are vital to our survival and on behalf of the animals, we truly appreciate all of their efforts!

VOLUNTEERS do make a DIFFERENCE!

Event Support

Events are very important in being an active part of our community. The LCHS participates in many events annually and relies on volunteers to help plan and operate them. Everything from adopt-a-thons to bake sales and information booths to parades, we showcase either our animals or the important work of the LCHS. Front line opportunities are terrific and help promote the positive work of the LCHS.

Please email: events@lchs.ca for more information about this program. Volunteers with a vehicle and driver’s licence are ideal.

Become an Events Support Volunteer

General Administrative

Behind the scenes at the shelter is a flurry of administrative activity. For those volunteers with administrative backgrounds, who wish to help away from the front lines, this could be the opportunity for you. Duties range from creating monthly reports, filing, typing and organizing.

Please email: admin@lchs.ca for more information.

Become an Administrative Volunteer

Cat Socializing

There are approximately 50 active socializers who volunteer each week for a two hour shift.

Cat socializers take the cats to the playrooms for a 15 – 20 minute visit. Cats are cuddled, pet, and groomed and have the chance to stretch, play and sniff. Following each visit, volunteers write a personality log about their experience with the cat. Log binders are kept in each adoption room for potential adopters to read.

Socializing the cats helps the adoption process because the cats are exposed to many different people and to our playrooms where the cats meet and interact with potential adopters. Cats become used to being picked up and transported in a carrier, and they maintain their trust in people rather than becoming recluse and depressed in their cages. People looking to adopt a cat, find the socializers observations helpful.

Beginning in November 2015 a new element was added to the socialization initiative. We called it the Undersocialized Feline Rehabilitation group – UFR for short.

This program benefits the small percentage of cats that enter the shelter that are so traumatized that they become feral-like and defensively aggressive. These former pets have had to revert to their natural instincts to survive their stray experience and have lost their trust in humans.

Our UFR group works with these cats to domesticate them so that the cats are able to graduate to the adoption rooms. Sometimes it takes days, but most times it takes weeks or even months. The success rate has been very high! Nearly 100 of our UFR cats have been adopted as pets in the last two years.

We have been able to find barn homes for the few cats that were truly feral through our “Feline Farm Friends” program. Please email: csi@lchs.ca for more information or to attend our next orientation. We ask volunteers to be 12 years or older with a parent, or 18 years + for this program.

Become a Cat Socializer

Dog Socializing

Volunteers in the Dog Socialization Program come three times a day, 7 days a week, to take the adoptable dogs outside to our dog runs. Volunteers commit to a set time weekly to interact with the dogs.

During this time, the volunteer plays, cuddles and socializes our dogs. This program helps dogs get adopted to loving families as it exposes our dogs to different types of people and helps our dogs learn how to interact with people.

The volunteers in this program also take LCHS dogs to many events throughout the year and fundraise to support enrichment activities for the adoptable dogs.

Please email: dogwalking@lchs.ca for more information or to attend our next orientation. We ask volunteers to be 19 years or older.

Become a Dog Socializer

Small Animal Volunteers

Small animal volunteers socialize and take care of small animals like guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fancy rats, birds, reptiles, chinchillas, and degus.

For more information on being a small animal volunteer please contact: smallanimals@lchs.ca

Become a Small Animal Volunteer

Adult Cat UFR Fostering

Fostering adult cats is the primary focus of this program.

The foster home component of the Undersocialized Feline Rehabilitation (UFR) program serves to provide additional support for the cats at LCHS who require extra-special care to improve their confidence, trust, and behaviour.

These cats may be semi-feral, scared, sad, or have other behavioural issues and for them, the shelter can be a scary place. Cats who have trouble adapting to the shelter environment benefit from spending time in a home that can provide a calm environment, consistency and that can give the cat more direct and special attention to help him/her become better socialized prior to adoption.

This program also allows us to accept more cats into our UFR program when we are able to work with members of the community to provide foster homes in addition to our volunteers who work with the UFR cats at the shelter. Foster parents also provide adopters with additional information about the cat’s behaviour in a home which we are unable to learn when the cat is on-site at our shelter.

We are still growing our UFR Foster Home program and would love for you to be a part of it! We supply all of the necessities required to care for our foster cats!

Please email: nhowe@lchs.ca for more information on our UFR foster program.

Become a UFR Foster Volunteer

Queens and Kittens Volunteer

Fostering either cats or kittens is a primary focus of this program.

Volunteers can foster felines ranging from kittens that are hours old to adult mother cats with babies.

The shelter provides the supplies to be a foster volunteer. Volunteers provide the love and care needed to help our furry friends transition to their future.

Please email: nhowe@lchs.ca for more information or to attend our next orientation.

Become a Queens and Kittens Volunteer

Dog Fostering

From time-to-time the shelter has dogs that require foster homes due to medical concerns or if we have a very shy dog or a senior that would do better in a home environment.

The shelter provides the supplies to be a foster volunteer. Volunteers provide the love and care needed to help our furry friends transition to their future.

Please email: nhowe@lchs.ca for more information or to attend our next orientation.

Become a Dog Foster Volunteer

Rescue Dog Fostering

Sometimes the shelter has dogs that require foster homes due to behaviour concerns that require on going special attention or training. The shelter provides the supplies to be a foster volunteer. Volunteers provide the love and care needed to help our furry friends transition to their future.

Please email: rescuegroup@lchs.ca for more information or to attend our next orientation.

Become a Rescue Group Dog Foster Volunteer

Small Animal Fostering

Many of our small furry friends (and sometimes not so furry ones) require special at home care as the shelter environment can be very stressful for them. The shelter provides the supplies to be a foster volunteer. Volunteers provide the love and care needed to help our furry friends transition to their future.

Please email: smallanimals@lchs.ca for more information or to attend our next orientation.

Become a Small Animal Fostering Volunteer

Inside Volunteer

Inside volunteer positions are often filled by cooperative education students and those looking to complete community service hours.

This opportunity mainly consists of keeping the shelter and animals clean. With generally over 100 animals in the shelter at any given time, cleaning is a priority and the LCHS truly relies on dedicated volunteers to assist with keeping the shelter looking great and the animals clean. We ask volunteers to be 15 years or older for this program.

Please email: insidevolunteer@lchs.ca for more information.

Become an Inside Volunteer

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