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How to Volunteer

Volunteers have been the cornerstone of the Bow Valley SPCA since its inception, and we value the many members of our community who dedicate their time and resources. The success of the Bow Valley SPCA depends significantly on community and volunteer effort and involvement, and we are so proud to have a large volunteer base of highly engaged animal advocates who form the foundation of our non-profit operation.


Volunteer Requirements

At the Bow Valley SPCA, we are committed to providing care and protection for stray and abandoned cats and dogs. We have an animal wellness focus and provide education to prevent cruelty and promote humane attitudes towards animals.

So, the most important requirement to volunteer with the BVSPCA is to love animals! If you’ve made it this far, that’s probably you!

Other requirements include:

Please keep in mind that initially new volunteers are limited to volunteering during our public operating hours (Wednesday to Saturday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm).

What Can I Do?

Our Volunteer needs vary over time and throughout the year. Below you will some roles that we regularly need help with. Click on each position for more detailed information.

If you have another passion, interest or skill not listed here that you think would be fitting to the mission and purpose of the Bow Valley SPCA, please Contact Us.

Interested in Volunteering?

A successful volunteer base includes individuals with a wide range of skills, abilities, interests and experience. There is something for everyone.

Note: If you are applying to become a Therapy Dog Program Volunteer, there is a different application process. Click HERE.

If you are interested in volunteering with us for any other position, please follow the steps below:

  1. Submit a Volunteer Application Form
  2. Enroll in and complete our on-line Volunteer Orientation Program within four weeks of submitting your application*
    *Registration requires as $25 program fee (this includes a volunteer t-shirt, which you will receive during your first Onboarding Orientation)
  3. You will receive an email from one of our Volunteer Coordinators outlining next steps. In this email you will also be provided with a letter and information about obtaining a Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Check (which must be completed within the last 6 months).**
    **This is a free-of-charge service for community volunteers through the local RCMP detachment.
  4. Once you have submitted your Criminal Record Check, final steps to arrange in-person onboarding will be sent to you.

Questions, concerns or comments? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us at

Thank you for your interest!