Adoption Centre Team Member

(Action Volunteers for Animals)

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Position ID: V-OSH0695
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2024
Last Full Update: 25 Mar 2024

Opportunity Details: Adoption Centre Team Member

Contact Denise Harkins, President, Action Volunteers for Animals; Email:

We are seeking volunteers to help out at the adoption centre in Pickering at Petsmart .  Duties include:

  • cleaning cat cages, litter pans, ensuring cats have fresh food and water
  • keeping centre clean
  • brushing, socializing and playing with cats 
  • Spending time interacting and socializing shyer cats
  • talking to public about cats, and potential adopters about adoptable cats 
  • assisting with the adoption process for cats approved for adoption 
  • communicating with fellow volunteers about any information needed and arranging coverage for any absences


Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Suitable For Adults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a hearing impairment ; Men ; Women ; Couples ; Individuals
Areas of Interest Animal Services ; Nature / Environment
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Marketing & PR ; Mentoring & Training ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work
Commitment Length Long Term (Minimum of 6 months) ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; We are looking for volunteers only every second month
Interaction Level Solitary ; One-on-one ; Small Group ; You may be volunteering alone or with 1 other volunteer. You will also interact with customers and cats
Minimum Hours 3 / Week
Dates and Times Monday: Afternoon (3pm to 6pm) 
Tuesday: Afternoon (3pm to 6pm) 
Wednesday: Afternoon (3pm to 6pm) 
Thursday: Afternoon (3pm to 6pm) 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon (9 to 12, 3 to 6 pm) 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (9 to 12, 12 to 3, 3 to 6 , 6 to 9 pm) 
Shifts are 9 am to 12 noon, noon to 3 pm, 3 pm to 6 pm, 6 pm to 9 pm. In addition to shifts needed above, we are also looking for float shifts
Seasons Spring ; Summer ; Fall ; Winter ; Year Round ; Volunteering is alternative months in 2024. Most volunteers volunteer 3 hours per week, usually the same shift each week. There are options to do additional shifts if interested. Openings will be for any shifts not currently filled. We are looking for volunteers alternative months at this location, May, July,September, November 2024
Accessibility Fully Accessible ; The store is wheelchair accessible .
Number of Positions Ajax ; Durham Region: 24 individual(s) ; Pickering 
24 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation - We provide an orientation and a shadow shift with an experienced volunteer ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going
Police Check Not Required
Start Date On or after 30 Mar 2024

Agency Details: Action Volunteers for Animals

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Durham region, ON
Mailing Address PO Box 18233 
RPO Steeple Hill 
Pickering, ON L1V 0B8

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