How To Help

Become a corporate sponsor Community Veterinary Outreach depends on the generosity and support of many organizations and companies dedicated to animal and human welfare. Please click here to see our thank-you list.

Be a donor Our work is made possible by virtue of generous donations from people like you.

Plan a tribute Honour your animal by helping another. Follow this link to view a gallery of our canine and feline supporters.

Contribute food and supplies We welcome pet food and supplies. If you wish to donate, contact us at If you are in Ottawa, see below for more on Helping Hands to Paws.

Volunteer Community Veterinary Outreach is a servant leadership-based organization. Our role is to help support and encourage our volunteers to achieve their individual goals for this experience.

We value and appreciate our volunteers, so want to ensure you get the very most out of your experience with us. Before filling out our volunteer application we encourage you to read the answers to these frequently asked questions.

Who can volunteer with Community Veterinary Outreach? For our wellness clinics, most volunteers are veterinary health professionals including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants or students in one of these programs. We also need groomers and dog trainers to help serve pet owners in need in our communities.

We have a few volunteer positions at each clinic for those who do not have animal experience to help with client intake and some reception and administrative work.

We invite social workers and health care workers to join our outreach clinics, as it is an excellent opportunity to engage clients in services.

What age do you have to be to volunteer with Community Veterinary Outreach? To volunteer with us you must be 18 years of age or older or have parental consent to participate.

Tell us about your approach to this work. We follow a servant leadership approach to all our relationships, with not only our volunteers, but also our clients, partnering agencies and organizations, and directors. We believe in encouraging and supporting the goals of each individual who is part of the Community Veterinary Outreach family.

Here’s Robert Greenleaf on the philosophy: “The servant-leader is servant first.  It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.  Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.  The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant – first to make sure that other people’s needs are being served.  The best test, and difficult to administer is:  Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wise, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?  And what effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or at least not be further deprived? “

For more information, download this article on Practicing Servant Leadership by Larry Spears.

What other ways can I help if I don’t have time to volunteer at the wellness clinics? Consider hosting a fundraiser. if you are a veterinary clinic, consider assisting us in helping referred cases in need of urgent care (please email us at for more information).

Can you tell us more about Helping Hands to Paws? In Ottawa, Helping Hands to Paws collects and distributes pet food, pet supplies, and gently used clothing/blankets to our network of social service agencies and community health centres.

We welcome your help in the following areas:

collecting and/or donating pet food and pet supplies

If you have a car, we welcome help picking up and distributing supplies to our agency network.

If you are veterinary clinic, we accept short-dated pet food for donation as well as other medical supplies (please email at for a list of current outreach supplies in need).

Please email If you have donations for pick up or if you can assist us in Ottawa with pick up/delivery of donations.

Volunteer Form and Waiver

Volunteer Handbook


In which region would you be interesting in volunteering?*



Golden Triangle (Hamilton-Kitchener-Waterloo)