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PLEASE NOTE - All New Volunteer Orientation sessions are postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.

Interested in getting involved as a Volunteer at the Bow Valley SPCA?

  1. Volunteers have been the cornerstone of our organization since its inception and we value the many members of our community who dedicate time & resources to the assist us with endless facets of our operation.
  2. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 our Centre is operating on a very limited basis at this time for the general public and our volunteer base, in order to respect and maintain everyone's health during these uncertain times.
  3. Therefore, we are not bringing new Volunteers on board at this time.
  4. Teaser alert! take a sneak peek at our facility tour on-line, which will be one component of New Volunteer Orientation, a new program currently in development Click here
  5. You are welcome to submit an application form for future consideration Click here
  6. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age
  7. Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Check are required (form would be provided at the end of orientation once resumed, for you to take to the RCMP office where the check can be completed, free of charge, since it is for community volunteering).

The success of the Bow Valley SPCA values and depends significantly on community volunteer involvement and effort. A large volunteer base of highly engaged animal advocates is essential and forms the foundation for our non-profit operation.

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

A successful volunteer base includes individuals with a wide range of skills, abilities, interests and experience – what can you bring to our organization?

Volunteer needs vary over time and throughout the year, below please find just some of the roles that we typically need help with, in normal times:

  • Ambassadors, both at the Centre & within the community
  • Animal Care Attendant Helpers
  • Cat Cuddlers/ Kitty Care
  • Centre Greeters - front desk duties, providing a warm welcome to visitors, fielding questions, accepting donations etc.
  • Dog Walkers (Open Paw training is a pre requisite, following new volunteer orientation)
  • Fundraising
  • General Maintenance/ Poop Patrol/ Yard work
  • Graphic design
  • Presenters for our educational programming in schools, the Centre and other suitable venues
  • Community engagement initiatives
  • Bringing therapy dogs to seniors care facilities
  • Recycling – bottles & cans from on & off site, plus Centre items (paper, plastics etc.)
  • Special events planning and execution

Contact us at with any questions.

Thank you!

BVSPCA Volunteers
Niki walking Blake & Doobie - smiles all around!