Volunteer Policies

The first priority of the Alberta SPCA is to accomplish its mission.  To this end, we encourage and welcome volunteers into our organization.  The intent of the policies and procedures is to acquaint you with our mutually agreed upon responsibilities and expectations.  Just as you are committed to working for the animals, we are committed to making your volunteer experience productive and rewarding.

Application Process

Upon applying for a volunteer position with the Alberta SPCA, all potential volunteers will be asked to complete a volunteer application form, obtain a security clearance from their local law enforcement agency, and attend an interview with the Coordinator of Volunteers. 

The interview will provide the Coordinator of Volunteers with sufficient information to determine the volunteer’s suitability for a particular position.  The interview will also provide the prospective volunteer with information about the Alberta SPCA, its mission, and available volunteer opportunities.

Security Clearance

All individuals applying to volunteer at the Alberta SPCA will be required to submit to a criminal record check prior to acceptance as a volunteer.   Volunteer workers who receive no payment for their services will not be charged for security screening by these agencies.

The Alberta SPCA will not accept an individual as a volunteer if they have been charged with any acts of violence directed towards an animal, person or property, or any other offence that would raise concern for the safety or security of the Society’s personnel and property.

Orientation and Training

All new volunteers will receive an orientation about the Alberta SPCA and the policies pertaining to volunteers.   You have the right to be fully prepared to perform your volunteer duties and the Alberta SPCA has the responsibility to provide you with the necessary training for satisfactory job performance.

Release

All volunteers will be required to sign a liability release form prior to commencing their volunteer activities.

Non-Disclosure Agreement

In the course of your volunteer activities, you may have access to confidential information.  Volunteers must not release information or make public statements about the Alberta SPCA without prior authorization.  All volunteers working with confidential information will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement before starting their volunteer activities.  Volunteers must not release any information to the media unless specifically requested to do so.