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 - Paula Hall

I began volunteering with Pawsitive Match earlier this year after I retired from a long career in health care.  I always knew I wanted to help with one of the animal rescues in Calgary and, when one of my friends suggested Pawsitive Match Rescue, I applied and, as they say, ‘the rest is history’.

After my first shift at our shelter, I knew that I had found my passion.  To see the dogs and cats come in to the rescue so scared and hungry and often with dirty and matted fur and then see them become healthy, happy and playful was so gratifying.  The volunteers took such good care of them – walking them, feeding them, cleaning their kennels, bathing and grooming them and most important loving them. I quite often hear them telling the pups and kittens– “don’t worry you are safe now!”

Pawsitive Match Rescue is an amazing organization. It is entirely run by volunteers with some people donating 30 or more hours a week to helping the dogs and cats in our care while also caring for their own families, working or going to university. Everyone who volunteers loves animals and that makes them my kind of people.

After a few weeks of volunteering at the shelter, I applied to become a foster home for the dogs in our care. Foster homes are so very important to our organization as our rescued animals only spend a few days in the shelter before moving to a foster home which, for many, is the first home they have ever known. Without our foster homes we could not help nearly as many animals.  My first little pup, Libby, was such a love and it was so hard to see her leave when she was adopted.  But I met her again at the Grand Opening of our new shelter ‘Almost Home’ and she looked so happy with her new family. I think she even remembered me!
I have only had two foster pups– my second is Zeke – the good looking one in the picture.  He is also going to be my ‘foster fail’- we are adopting him!  Zeke is a great example of the good work Pawsitive Match Rescue does. Zeke came from Arizona and had a very rough start to his life.  Without help from this organization, I doubt that Zeke would have a second chance at the life he deserves.

I am now helping with Adoptions Processing where I connect with applicants wanting to adopt one of our dogs or cats.  It is so gratifying to talk to the adoptive families about their plans to bring a new furry friend into their homes.  I feel very lucky to be able to meet the animals when they come into the rescue and then help them find their ‘forever’ homes.
I love being part of the Pawsitive Match team and only wish I had volunteered earlier.  It has been one of the best decisions I have made and I encourage all of you to help us help our animals.  You will meet an amazing group of people and the dogs and cats will pay you back with unconditional love! 

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, 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 or download an application and email it to volunteerapps@pawsitivematch.org.

Listed below are the main groups within Pawsitive Match. Volunteers are always needed to care for the dogs at our temporary holding facility (Cambrian), 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 receive required medical attention
  • Shelter Committee
    • help care for dogs 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 South Trail crossing
  • 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
    • donation pick ups
    • transport dogs to events
    • airport runs
    • transport dogs & supplies to/from Edmonton
  • 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 upon arrival into our rescue