Becoming a volunteer!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Animal Rescue Network (ARN), please ensure that you are able to commit to the below requirements:

  • be 15 yrs or older - parental consent is mandatory for anyone under 18 yrs old;
  • commit to a three hours per week for a three-month period (minimum);
  • agree to provide two references with active email addresses: one must be professional (employer, teacher) and the other professional or personal (excluding immediate family). A reference form will be sent to them to fill out. Please make sure to notify them that they will be receiving something from us;
  • agree to provide a copy of your CV.

If selected, we will contact you to complete the following additional requirements:

  • we will set up an interview with you at the main shelter;
  • you will need to sign a waiver form.

Please note, in addition to these requirements, every volunteer must undergo a probationary period of three months.

If you wish to submit your application to become a volunteer, please send us the aforementioned contact information and CV at

Thank you for your interest in the Animal Rescue Network!

The Animal Rescue Network functions entirely on a voluntary basis, as it receives no governmental subvention.

We need more people in our teams, for the following tasks:
  • Emergencies: Set up an emergency team for unplanned vet visits, when a cat is sick, to ensure quick transportation of the cat to the vet.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning of the shelter (cat litter, floors, feeding, changing water), and giving loving care to the cats
  • Finances: Ensure all cheques are deposited, bills are paid, government forms are completed, and general accounting.
  • Adoptions/Fostering: Facilitate individual adoption visits and adoption days, held each weekend in Montreal, at various stores, and at the shelter.
  • Meds/Vets (Healthcare): Give medication to cats, and check the health of each animal in the shelter. Coordinate trips to vets for animals who are sick, for vaccinations, sterilizations, etc.
  • Transportation: Help with transportation for various functions (example: cats to vet, cats to adoption days, food/litter for shelter, items for fundraising events).
  • Shelter: Ensure the shelter itself has all the supplies needed, for example food, litter, and general shelter supplies. Carpentry, painting and electrical installation are also part of the job of the "shelter group".
  • Recruiting: Assist in the attempts to find new volunteers as well as helping to answer calls from potential new volunteers, informing them about the ARN, and placing them in the appropriate team. In addition, recruitment team members are coordinating a new volunteer orientation manual.
  • Communications: Handle and coordinate general publicity for the ARN as well as publicity for specific events; translation of the ARN website and all ARN internal & external communications; writing articles for the newsletters; and placing ads in the streets.
  • Fundraising: Participate in fundraising events, such as bazaars, garage sale, etc. Ensure there is follow-through on fundraising initiatives.