The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Alberta is an animal rescue organization helping dogs and cats in Alberta. Founded in 1995, ARF is a volunteer-based organization and registered non-profit charity. Our mission is to rescue stray and unwanted dogs and cats from First Nations and rural areas and place them in loving, permanent homes while providing programs to reduce pet over-population.
Current volunteer opportunities:
General Event Volunteers (10hrs/month)
ARF is currently looking to grow our event volunteer base. The General Event Volunteers attend various events around the city including Street Festivals, Markets, and Adoption Events. Duties may include dog and cat handling – including general care-taking of animals at events, event set-up and take-down, clean-up, showcasing ARF’s many adoptable dogs and cats, providing information about ARF to the general public and sales of ARF logo items. Week-end and summertime availability, access to email and frequent communication with various committees and teams is required. This volunteer opportunity requires a commitment of approximately 6 hours per month and training is provided.
Telephone Screeners contact applicants who have applied to adopt a dog through ARF. The telephone screening interview takes about 30 minutes and consists of questions relating to animal care and dog training and mirrors our adoption application. You can expect additional time spent following up with and connecting applicants with Foster Homes via email and telephone calls. Screeners should expect to do at least two interviews per week. Access to email and frequent communication with foster homes and program coordinator will be required, along with access to word processing programs, internet and a working computer or laptop. New screeners are interviewed first by a member of the dog adoption team and are asked to volunteer one Saturday at ARF’s PetSmart showing, as well as attending a dog training class in order to become familiar with the Dog Adoption Program.
ARF is currently looking for volunteers in each quadrant of the city to build our Community Outreach Team. The Community Outreach Team will be responsible for follow through on donation drives and awareness campaigns. Volunteers will also help both the Events & Awareness Committee and the “Pad for Paws” Committee with visiting local dog parks and talking to patrons, setting up information tables at local shopping centres and markets, flyer distribution and community awareness regarding upcoming events. Potential volunteers should be friendly, outgoing, willing to talk to new people and visit new places. Access to email and frequent communication with various committees is required. Volunteers must also understand ARF’s policies and procedures. Training will be provided. This volunteer opportunity requires a commitment of approximately 10 hours per month. Access to a vehicle is an asset.