The Animal Assistance Group
Location: 189 Elgin Street, Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 2Y9
Office Phone: (705) 575-7030
Email: theanimalassistancegroup@hotmail.com

Volunteering and Fostering

You can make a difference in the life of an animal by volunteering … TAAG is totally volunteer driven so its success depends on the hard work and commitment of volunteers. If you care about animals and have time or a skill to share, we would love to hear from you.

Download Volunteer Form, Email to theanimalassistancegroup@hotmail.com

‚Äč or Pick up form at Shelter - 189 Elgin St between 11 am - 1 pm or 7 pm to 9 pm  

Volunteer as a Foster Home

TAAG is always in need of Foster Homes for mother cats with kittens, feral kittens who need socializing with TLC and patience, or cats who are recuperating from illness.  

Fostering - Sault Star Article Tuesday December 1, 2015 by Nadine Robinson 

Volunteer at the Cat Shelter

The Animal Assistance Group shelter is always in need of caring support. Currently there are two 2-hour shifts a day – usually 11 am to 1 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm. If you can commit to a 2 hour shift a week you can make a huge difference in the life of our shelter cats. You can also phone us and leave your name and number. You will then be contacted to determine your availability and arrange a training shift.

As long as you are 16 or older you are welcome to volunteer at the shelter (children under the age of 16 are welcome accompanied by a parent/guardian). Volunteers are asked to sign a waiver and it is recommended that you have your vaccinations up to date. Working with animals can be a messy job, so dress accordingly.

A shift at the shelter can involve:

  • Cleaning and sterilizing cages, scooping litter, changing bedding, feeding, and providing fresh water.
  • Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and general cleaning.
  • Grooming, brushing, washing, petting the cats.
  • Socializing the cats – picking up, sitting, or playing with them to prepare for adoption.

As the cats generally roam freely while volunteers are working, it is important to have a calm personality, be comfortable with up to 30 cats, and be able to assist in preventing conflicts between the cats. 

More volunteer Opportunities 

  • Assist with ongoing renovations at the shelter. Please contact Joey Kirkwood at 705-943-9093.
  • Assist with fundraising events, off-site adoption events, garage sales, tables set up at malls.
  • Assist in transporting animals to the veterinarian (must have driver’s licence and a passport/nexus/or enhanced driver's licence since we take pets to the Sault Michigan vet).
  • Pick up food/litter/or cleaning supplies and deliver to the shelter or foster homes.
  • Share ideas on fundraising and special donation drives.
  • Create advertising material to help shelter recognition within a larger community radius.
  • Distribute brochures and donation cans.
  • Gather bedding / supplies for the animals.

Assisting with Lost Pets or Emergency Rescue

TAAG responds when possible to calls for assistance with emergency rescue. As there is a risk of injury when rescuing or trapping an animal, TAAG has only a select number of volunteers able to do this.  If you are interested in assisting in finding lost animals, or with rescue please join TAAG’s Facebook page, or Sault Lost and Found Facebook page, or check SooToday – there are generally open requests for people looking for assistance. 

Anything else you can think of? We are willing to work with you and any ideas you have! Come join our group of dedicated volunteers who strive to make a difference to animals in our community. 

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