Become a Foster Parent, Volunteer With Us, or Help Spread the Word!

Find out what you can do to help today!

Available Volunteer Positions

If you are interested in volunteering with HelpAWS in any of these capacities, please fill in the volunteer application at the bottom of this section!


Our Adoptions Counselors are known as the matchmakers of HelpAWS. Adoptions Counselors are an integral part of interviewing and vetting potential HelpAWS adopters and then pairing approved adopters with the animal that fits them best. With input from our on-site staff, Adoptions Counselors compare the personalities of the animals with the lifestyles of the adopters to make the best match.

This position is also responsible for staying connected with our adoptive families both during and after the adoption process is complete, including regular chat check-ins.

Adoptions volunteers can expect to work 15-20 hours per week during busy adoption cycles and around 10 hours during slower weeks, but this is subject to change depending on shelter capacity, flight availability and other factors.

The best Adoptions Counselors are ones with flexible schedules who can dedicate at least an hour per interview call, plus the necessary follow up time doing veterinarian/personal reference checks and check-ins on families post-adoption.

They should be a great judge of character and must be deeply invested in the futures of our adoptables. This position requires constant communication between the Adoptions Team and upper management and is best for people who enjoy working as part of a team.


Events are the opportune platform for HelpAWS to grow our network in Canada, where we send many of our adoptable animals. This position is a crucial piece in helping us recruit adopters, donors, partners and volunteers while on the ground at events.

The Event Coordinator is responsible for identifying appearance opportunities, registering and paying admission and preparing materials for each outing. This person will be required to manage a staff of Event Volunteers of 10+ people and will assign them to various events across the city.

The ideal candidate is someone who is extremely organized, personable and who can manage a schedule with ease. Most importantly, this volunteer must be super excited about and well-versed on the HelpAWS mission and eager to spread the word about the work we are doing.

In addition, we do request that this person be able to store event materials at their personal residence. Materials may include the following: a trolley, tent, tablecloth, marketing materials, donation boxes, dog-related paraphernalia, etc.

Lastly, this person should be prepared to handle HelpAWS funds at events, including donations and merchandise swag.

For the full job description and expectations, click here.

*Open to residents in the Greater Toronto Area only

Become a foster parent

See our foster application form below, or if you are interested in volunteering with HelpAWS in any other capacity, please fill in the volunteer application at the bottom of this page!

We sometimes need foster parents for dogs in Canada, and being a foster parent requires a lot of love, patience and time. You will be providing an animal in need with temporary care to some animals who need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for months. Being a foster parent with HelpAWS, we require you to be available for at least a month and in some cases, longer.

We also look for volunteers to fill specific positions, these can range from admin work to social media assistance to volunteering at our shelter in Saint Lucia. All available volunteer postings are listed on our Instagram and Facebook page. In order to apply you must fill in our general volunteer form found at the bottom of the page!

Wether you are located in St. Lucia or Canada, if you are interested in fostering with HelpAWS, please fill in the application below:

Help spread the word

If you are unable to foster or be a flight parent then you also greatly help us be spreading the word about our organization and the work we do!

You can help us by following and sharing our Facebook Page, Instagram Page, and Youtube Channel! Don’t forget to tag us in pictures using @helpaws or #helpaws