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Thank you for your interest in our Volunteer Program. Please use the tabs below to browse our current and closed volunteer positions.

Please note that Volunteers must be 18 yrs and over, with the exception of students 14 yrs and up registered in our Student Volunteer Program. For more information on the Student Volunteer Program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] and fill out an application form, found on the student volunteers tab.

Please note: Children under the age of 14 are not eligible to volunteer at the shelter, however, we encourage them to help us out by creating posters showing proper pet care which we will gladly display around the shelter, or they can organize their own fundraisers or donation drives.

Student Volunteers

Are you a student over the age of 14 looking for volunteer hours? We are currently accepting applications for our student volunteer program, for more information please contact our volunteer coordinator at [email protected] and fill out the application form below, Download The Student Application Form

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Student Volunteers:

Are you a student over the age of 14 looking for volunteer hours? We are currently accepting applications for our student volunteer program, for more information please contact our volunteer coordinator at [email protected] and fill out the application form below.

Download The Student Application Form
Closed Volunteering Opportunities

Dog Walking; This is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. As a dog walker you will be enriching the lives of our dogs as they wait for their forever homes. Our KHS dog walkers walk all different sizes and breeds of dogs and in all kinds of weather.

Cat Cuddling; Volunteers help socialize our cats and kittens by cuddling and playing with them.

Adoption Events; Volunteers showcase our cats and kittens to potential adopters and assist with the adoption process at special Adoption Events held throughout the year.

Driving; Volunteer drivers assist us by transporting our animals to and from their vet appointments during the week.

Lost/Found Pet Program; Volunteers assist with administrative tasks for this program.

Special Events; Volunteers assist with various tasks at our Special Events held throughout the year.

Fundraising; Volunteers assist the KHS with fundraising projects and activities.

Office Assistants; Volunteers assist staff in the front office with daily administrative tasks. Tasks may include answering the phone, computer work, filing etc.

Information Booths; Volunteers work in our information booth promoting KHS programs and services at various events throughout the city.

Handy Person; We are seeking volunteers to assist us with minor repairs and projects around the shelter from time to time. Repairs would include, putting up shelves, painting, fixing doorknobs, repairing flooring, repairing drywall, etc. If you are an experienced handy person and would like to help us keep the shelter in good repair, please contact us today.

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Contactless adoptions will begin on May 6th for limited number of animals

Kingston, ON – May 1, 2020
Beginning on Wednesday May 6th, the Kingston Humane Society (KHS) will resume adoptions of animals to suitable members of the public. The number of animals available will initially be limited and significant safety protocols will be employed to avoid any contact or direct interaction with potential adopters.

Five weeks ago, the KHS suspended all adoptions in an effort to significantly reduce the potential of COVID-19
transmission within the community or to the KHS staff. In that time, more than 100 foster volunteers have stepped up to care for animals that would normally have been housed in kennels and waiting for adoption.

“Our foster volunteers have been incredible,” said Gord Hunter, Executive Director, “but we’re starting to see
the expected spring influx of animals and we need to be sure we have capacity within the shelter once things
begin to open up again and once the foster families begin returning animals to us.”

The capacity of the current building is limited to 75 cats and 44 dogs. The KHS currently has 112 animals in
care; the majority in foster homes. In May of 2019, the Kingston Humane Society took in just under 200
animals. After this year’s mild winter, Animal Programs Manager Christie Haaima expects numbers to rise significantly, potentially putting the shelter well over capacity.

“Each year, we see a large influx of animals heading into the summer months, predominantly stray cats and
orphaned kittens,” said Haaima. “We can’t allow Covid-19 to prevent us from saving the lives of nearly 2,000 pets this year. We need to be prepared by continuing adoptions and expanding our foster program.”

Pre-adoption counselling and meet and greets will be done virtually utilizing available electronic meeting platforms. The successful adopters will then come to the shelter to pick up the animal in a no-touch environment. Adoption payments will be accepted by debit or credit only using no-touch or minimal contact protocols. All KHS staff employees will wear full PPE and adopters will be asked to wear gloves and masks when picking up their new family member.

“This is new to all of us and we expect to experience small glitches that we’ll address and correct on the fly,” said Hunter. “Our goal is to find forever homes for as many animals in our care as possible and to remain within our somewhat limited capacity, keeping the strain on staff and animals to a minimum.”

Beginning Wednesday May 6th, the public can find animals available for adoption on our website at www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca . Online applications will be processed as received and suitable adopters will be contacted for virtual meet and greets.


The Kingston Humane Society is committed to advocating for and improving the lives of animals within our community. Founded in 1884, the KHS continues to provide shelter and care for homeless animals in Kingston and surrounding communities. We promote responsible pet ownership and compassion and respect for all animals. In addition, we work in and with our community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray or homeless.

Gord Hunter, Executive Director KHS, 613-546-1291 ext 105

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