Volunteer for PMRF

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

Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month - Jesse May

I had been searching for the right volunteering opportunity for a long time, and when I found Pawsitive Match's website I knew I had to try my luck at one of their volunteering positions. Getting the good news that I had been accepted to join their team brought me so much happiness, and I am so grateful that they brought me on! I have always wanted to surround myself with animals, to help them, to feel their happiness and see their beautiful smiling faces. We can learn so much from animals, and I am so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to meet so many different and amazing animal personalities through volunteering with PMRF. Being part of the transport team, we take dogs and cats to and from appointments, to and from foster homes, and anywhere else they may need to go. Even though we do more driving than anything else, I still feel filled with such happiness and purpose, being able to help in a small way. Volunteering with animals warms my heart so very much, because there is just nothing like filling your time with purpose, with something that you KNOW makes a difference to not only our animal friends, but also to other beautiful souls that recognize the help that our furry friends need.

From those that I have met, the PMRF team is so wonderful, and it is so humbling to see such a large network of people working together for the greater good like this. It is just absolutely humbling and gratifying to see and be part of a team as great as that of PMRF!
Thank you so much for picking me for volunteer of the month!! I cried when I first found out, not because I was going to be in a newsletter, but because it gave me a sense of reassurance that I am following the right path, and I am just so grateful, I cannot describe it in words!

Thank you so very much PMRF, not only for this honour, but also for giving me the opportunity in the first place, working with you really has changed my life!

May The Paws Be With You!!!

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