Volunteer for PMRF

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew

Volunteer of the Month

Volunteers of the Month - Almost Home Coordinators

Lindsay A

I am very honoured to be nominated :) PMRF has been a huge part of my life for almost 5 years now and it has given me the best thing in my life - my Linus <3. He was one of the Milk River dogs that PMRF rescued in January 2015. The moment I met him I knew he had to be part of my family and it's been amazing ever since! I started volunteering with PMRF in November 2012 at our holding facility (Cambrian) and have stuck with that role ever since, as it's my true love; you will find me on the Sunday Noon shift! I love helping the animals when they're new to us and they're just learning that we are a safe place for them. Since 2014 I have been helping with the coordination of the facility, including our big move from Cambrian to AH, (with a short hiatus the past 8 months) and I'm thrilled to be back at it with a new enthusiastic crew! You will also see me helping with the Transport team, volunteering at events, as well as taking a temporary foster here and there :) I love to help in as many ways as I can. Volunteering for PMRF is so healing for my heart, and I have met so many amazing people along the way, and had my heart stolen by many, many dogs, and I would not have it any other way!

Meghan D

I started volunteering with PMRF in July of 2014 and quickly knew it would be a great fit. Over the years I have become a regular on the Sunday noon shift. I have been a part of the Transport Team since I started in 2014 and I absolutely love it. I have also been involved with new volunteer orientations and dog handling at adoption and fundraising events.

Many of the animals at AH have stolen my heart over the years - as some of you can attest to. Davis was one of the first and Raisin and Bindi were my most recent loves. I have met so many amazing volunteers over the past few years, and I am excited to get to know more!

Lisa S

I began volunteering with PM in 2012 at the Cambrian holding facility (now Almost Home). During my very first shift, a transport of at least 15 dogs arrived from California. It was complete chaos but so much fun to see these little scruffies on the first day of their new life! Little did I know, that was also the first day of a huge new chapter in my life too! That day began my volunteer career at PM. Over the past five years, there have been very few weeks that I haven't volunteered at least one shift at Cambrian/Almost Home. Throughout the last five years, I have also fostered, been an adoptions processor and volunteered with medical. Along the way, I also acquired three foster fails; the infamous Humphrey and two gorgeous kitties Isaac and Thomas. I am extremely honoured to be chosen as a volunteer of the month along with Lindsay, Meghan and Marianne. Becoming part of the AH Coordinators Team has been the most challenging position I have held to date. But knowing that every animal that comes through our doors will eventually find their furever home is worth it!

Marianne R

My name is Marianne Rogerson and in 2012 I adopted Zoe, a Terrier X from Pawsitive Match. Zoe arrived as a shy and poorly socialized dog. Quickly I realized that I needed to learn about dog behaviour if I planned to help her overcome at least some of her fears. Shortly after her adoption, I joined PMRF as a volunteer to learn more about Zoe but also to care for other newly arriving dogs. Since those early days, I’ve worked in a variety of capacities and enjoyed every aspect of the work. My most recent duties include city license requests and donor thank you notes. I’m looking forward to the new role of training coordinator and working closely with our outstanding volunteers. Here I am with Zoe (white dog) and another PMRF dog called Sweet Potato.

Pawsitive Match is 100% volunteer based and therefore we rely on our volunteers to operate. We greatly appreciate any and all of the help we receive.

You can help by volunteering your time and energy with us by fostering a dog or cat, fundraising, advertising, training, grooming, transporting, helping out the adoption and foster committees, or whatever else your talent may be. We always need the help of people who can help bake, sew and build.

Rescue Volunteer

WestJet Volunteers

We can always use help from WestJet employees to transport dogs from Los Angeles and various other locations. We would also be grateful for any buddy passes donated. If you are able to help, please send us an email.

Flight Escorts

We are always looking for flight escorts flying with WestJet, Air Transat or Alaska Airlines to help dogs get to (or across) Canada to begin their new lives. By escorting a dog, you're not only saving that precious life, but the one who can be saved because of the freed up space at the shelter! Visit our Flight Escort page for more info.

Apply to Volunteer

For more information on the positions currently available or general volunteering questions, please contact the Volunteer Team at volunteer@pawsitivematch.org. If you've made the decision to volunteer with us, great! Please fill out and submit the application below.

Listed below are the main groups within Pawsitive Match. Volunteers are always needed to care for the dogs and cats at our temporary holding facility (Almost Home), foster, transport or help out at events. You do not necessarily need to commit to fulfill a full position and all of the duties required, and there may be more than one person assigned to each position.

  • Adoption Committee
    • review of adoption applications
    • communication with potential applicants
    • coordinating meet & greets
    • reference checks
    • home visits
  • Foster Committee
    • review of foster applications
    • communication with potential foster homes
    • home visits
    • follow ups
  • Medical Committee
    • medical requisitions for vet visits
    • pet insurance administration
    • keep track of incoming medical records
    • ensure dogs and cats receive required medical attention
  • Shelter Committee
    • help care for dogs and cats currently being housed at the Almost Home shelter (NE Calgary off 32nd Ave)
    • walk, feed, water & play with dogs
    • daily shifts available are: 8am, 12pm (noon), 7pm
  • Cat Cuddlers
    • cuddle our adorable cats who are up for adoption at PetSmart in Beacon Hill
  • Volunteer Committee
    • communicate with all new volunteer applications
    • maintain volunteer spreadsheet (input volunteer info etc..)
    • communicate with volunteers when various committees request a certain need
  • Supplies/Donations Committee
    • work with Supplies & Donations Coordinator to keep track of supplies in foster homes
    • possibly store some supplies
    • help with pick up or drop off of supplies
    • request donations when needed
  • Transport Committee
    • vet trips if foster cannot take a dog or cat
    • donation pick ups
    • transport dogs or cats to events
    • airport runs
    • transport dogs, cats & supplies to/from Edmonton
  • Fundraising Committee
    • organize and coordinate fundraising events
    • research and apply for grants
    • research and apply for corporate sponsorships
    • event help (set up, organize, discuss PMRF and what we do to public)
    • community outreach and education
  • Marketing Committee
    • online advertising of events, dogs available for adoption
    • creating and distributing posters
    • event help (set up, organize, marketing)
  • Overnight and Emergency Fosters (short term only)
    • provide temporary care of dogs/puppies and cats/kittens upon arrival into our rescue