All volunteers must be 18 years old. Special consideration is given to under age volunteers if a parent or guardian is attending the clinic. Please contact us if you require more information.
Accommodation. All general volunteers are responsible for paying for their own rooms. The Task Force will arrange a discount at a nearby motel and an email will be sent prior to the clinic giving information about the motel. Please mention that you are volunteering for the Task Force when booking in order to receive a discount. Motels can be very basic.
Food: Volunteer caterers will provide food. In keeping with a growing trend of change within animal welfare organizations, the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force provides meatless meals at our clinics. This is in an effort to extend our concept of compassion to all living creatures and to reduce our impact on the planet.
Mangers and Leaders: Managers and Leaders will be wearing purple or red shirts. If you are unsure of anything, please ask a Leader. A Responsible Veterinarian will be in attendance during the clinic as well as a Clinic Director and Medical Manager.
Down Time: There may be periods of time when there isn’t much to do. Most of our volunteers drive quite a distance and it isn’t feasible to ask volunteers to work for a couple of hours at a time. Please take advantage of any down time and relax.
Heavy Lifting and Hard Work!
There will be lots of heavy lifting, standing, cleaning poopy dog crates or walking dogs that can be very scared and may need to be carried. Please bring your muscles! If you have any physical limitations, please consider if this is the best volunteer job for you. Please wear old clothes and you may want to bring a change of clothes.
Relinquished or stray animals.
Most dogs living in First Nations are free roaming dogs. This isn’t such a bad life! While they may appear to be strays, most have owners. The Task Force does not have the authority to remove any animals without the consent of a Leader, Community Liaison or animal control officer. DO NOT pick up any animals unless you are authorized to do so. Any stray or relinquished animals are accepted at the discretion of the Task Force and the Rescue Coordinators. Designated Leaders are the only people authorized to accept these animals.
Respect for Community
We ask that you drive directly to the clinic site and do not drive through the community. Our group can have up to 100 volunteers at each clinic and the extra traffic may cause issues. We ask that you drive safely and respect the community that has invited us to assist them with their animals.
Please ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and change your clothing when returning home after a clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering with us please fill out the online form below
NOTE: Clinics take place on weekends and are in First Nation communities.