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 - Selena

How are ya'll doing? My name is Charlie and I am a foster fail.

My mom was saying that she made Volunteer of the Month for February and she's struggling with what to say. Well since I have lots to say, I thought I would help her out. Let me start by saying that I am adorable. Of course I am but that beside the point, this is about her right now.

My mom started at Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation (PMRF) with Transports in June 2015 and quickly learned this was tough to do with a full-time job. She asked to be part of (back then) Cambrian. Unfortunately, they didn't handle cats as there wasn't enough room. :( . Those are the 'dark days' and we don't talk about them. I didn't know her back then, but did know she would volunteer mostly the Friday night shifts (not the way I would have spent my Friday nights, but to each their own). Once Cambrian moved to Almost Home (AH), it was then, ‘the powers that be’, started to bring cats in. They realized that they also needed help (well DUH, I coulda told them that). Having spent some time there, I can tell you it's a nice space. Mama tells me there are now kitty condos, UGH, why couldn't I have one of those when I was there.

But I digress.

She moved her shift from Friday nights to Sunday mornings (the drive from the South was so much better). After being at AH (and Cambrian) for about a year, she wanted another challenge; In July 2016, Mama thought that being an Adoptions Processor would be good fit for her as she can do that in the comfort of her home (with a glass of wine, of course). How perfect is that? She loved doing this. It was a way to reach out to people and help them through an important decision in their lives, helping to find the right cat for them ... OK, OK, dogs too. Mama thought she would try fostering a cat (August 2016). She was interested in another little one but shortly after, found out he was set to go to a pet shop (I can't talk about it, I'm under a non-disclosure agreement) ... then, I stepped into the picture (wink wink). I wore my best halo and I guess she couldn't resist my adorableness. I charmed her so much so that she couldn't let me go ... and that is how I ended up with my furever home.

Shoot .. I keep missing the point, not about me !!!

Anyway, about a year later (July 2017), an opportunity came up for a New Volunteer Orientation trainer. She really enjoys getting up in front of people and talking about what she loves. I guess that is why she talks about me so much (and of course my little sister, Izzy). I remember those evenings of her practicing with us and going over all the notes. At this point, Izzy or I could do the orientation as we know all the material. The next venture in her tale of PMRF ... she was asked if she wanted to step into the role of an Adoption Coordinator (August 2017). Holy smokes ... of course she would do it, without question. She still likes to process from time to time because chatting with people is still something she enjoys doing. And of course, I like to help out; she wouldn't be where she is today without my help, I tell you that !!

So that's me, I mean my Mama in a nutshell. What is her next venture?, only time will tell, but she is pretty happy doing what she does. I hear her telling people that she won the lottery with both me and my sister but I feel we are the lucky ones. Having been out on the mean streets of Manitoba, I know what I am talking about (it's damn cold there).

Thanks for letting me write this for my Mama, remember, I am available for Bat Mitzvahs and Christenings.

PS ...I added a couple of pictures. I am the handsome Ginger (I am about six years old now), and Izzy is the Brown Tabby. She is also a rescue (from the Humane Society) and about eight years old.

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 and cats 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