The Vital Role of our Volunteers
SCARS is an Edmonton and Athabasca based charity. We rely on the hard work and compassion of volunteers to assist in the care of roughly 1,000 animals who need our help every year. We call them volunteers, but to the animals, they are heroes. In every capacity they serve, volunteers are a highly valued resource to our society and are making a very real difference to the lives of so many animals.
SCARS is almost 100% volunteer run. SCARS does not have a central facility with regular business hours that volunteers can visit, but there are many ways to help. Following are some examples of volunteer responsibilities. We provide training for many of the roles (for example, foster home training and dog handler training for adoption events).
Our rescued cats and dogs are housed in private foster homes. SCARS operates at full capacity every day. The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can take into our care. Those interested in fostering can contact the SCARS Foster Home Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org and click here for more information.
Interested in becoming a SCARS volunteer? You can start by attending a volunteer orientation to find out more about what we do and how we do it with your help. For orientation dates and times, contact us at email@example.com.
Here are some examples of areas where volunteers can help SCARS!
Drivers are needed to transport animals around the province, and on shorter trips in and around the Edmonton area.
Throughout the year SCARS is involved in events that require volunteer assistance. Because each event is different, volunteer roles will vary. If you love planning, organizing, creating and being involved in group/team committees this is the area for you!
Volunteers are occasionally needed to handle adoptable dogs and showcase them to the general public. Volunteers may be required to answer questions from the public about the dog they are handling and other questions regarding SCARS operations. Adoption Event Leaders and Greeters are also needed for these events. Training is provided.
Volunteers are needed to attend special events, such as trade shows, to represent SCARS and provide information about the society to the public.
SCARS cannot run without people to help with the day-to-day, behind the scenes tasks. This includes everything from editing and web development to database entry and the screening of potential adopters.
Creative types are needed to help promote SCARS. This includes things like designing presentations, creating posters and brochures, writing and editing stories and taking photographs of the rescues in foster care.