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Volunteering with the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society

The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society has designed a Volunteer Program that allows our Volunteers to contribute in a dedicated and meaningful way. Effective May 30th, our applications will be designated to specific roles to ensure we are able to implement Volunteers efficiently into our shelter. 

Our new and revisited volunteer roles allow for opportunity to assist animals in need and provide insight on how our shelter operates daily. We welcome and encourage all individuals to apply for the position that best suits you.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older to apply. Volunteers between the age of 14-16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Between 16-18 will require a parent or guardian’s signed consent. 18 years of age and above can volunteer alone with no parent or guardian consent. 

Due to a high influx of student applications, students may experience longer wait times for a call back and orientation if they have been approved.

To apply, please fill out our volunteer application form. Once you have completed your application, you should receive a message that it has been submitted to our team. Once your application is reviewed and approved our Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview.

Note – due to a limited team on site, we are not able to contact all applicants. 

We thank you for your interest in Volunteering with our organization!


To obtain community service hours to put towards graduation, all while assisting within the shelter completing various tasks

Helping Hands

To ensure our shelter continues to stay clean and organized providing temporary relief on Animal Care Worker workloads.

Animal Transportation Volunteer

To assist the TBDHS with transporting cats/dogs to and from surrounding communities.

Shelter Maintenance

To provide general upkeep and maintenance of the shelter (i.e changing light bulbs, minor repairs, painting etc).

Dog Enrichment/Dog Walking

To provide basic enrichment-focusing primarily on dog walking, in-yard or in-kennel socialization, grooming (i.e brushing).

Cat Enrichment

To provide in-kennel enrichment to felines in the form of play, exercise, grooming (i.e brushing) and vocal/visual stimulation.


To provide general upkeep and maintenance of the yard, parking lot and surrounding areas.

BINGO Volunteers

To assist with BINGOs hosted at Superior Shores Gaming Association.

Event Volunteer

To provide on or off-site assistance during events in support of the TBDHS.