Support

Volunteering

The Medicine Hat SPCA has a number of volunteer positions available, including kennel assistant, dog walker, cat care, and special events volunteering. If you are interested in applying to volunteer, please contact Jackie at the link below, or download the application below. Please note that most positions require a commitment of at least 2 shifts/month, and be required to attend training or orientation sessions.


Cat Care. Help our Kennel Attendants care for the cats in adoptions by grooming the cats, playing with them, and ensuring their kennels are always clean.

Dog Walking - You may attend any time between 12-6pm. Provide the dogs with much needed exercise by taking them for a walk! Must be 18 years +.

Handyman - Assist with repairs around the shelter.

Kennel Assistant - Primary duties include: Doing laundry, and washing dishes/crates/litter boxes. You may be asked to work in the 'Staff Only' Holding Area, with specific training & instructions. Must be 18 years +.

Special Events Volunteer - Volunteer to manage booths at festivals, adoption events, or assist with Bingo's and Casino's.

Children under age 16 may volunteer with their parents or another adult, but on a 1:1 child to adult ratio only.

We can accommodate group or corporate volunteers for special projects - e.g. helping to organize donations, tidy up storage areas, maintenance of our outdoor areas etc. For group volunteering, please email office@medhatspca.ca.

Can't commit to volunteering, but would still like to help? Consider signing up as a monthly donor!

Become a Foster Home

At times, the Medicine Hat SPCA receives animals into care that would be better suited to be set up in a temporary foster home. This includes: Momma dogs and cats with litters, pregnant momma's, orphaned puppies or kittens, animals with special medical needs and animals with special behavioral needs.

What the MHSPCA Supplies:

We supply all food and veterinary care for each animal in our care. We supply donated blankets, crates, food, dishes, toys, leashes, collars, harnesses, shampoo, etc. Supplies are available for pick up between 12-6pm at our shelter.

What Foster Parents Supply:

Foster families provide an intermediary home until a puppy/kitten is of the age and health to be adopted. This requires a foster family to be patient and provide training while the animal is learning to get along with new people, animals, homes, rules, etc. Foster families must be available to transport animals to the shelter or to vet appointments etc.

For more information on becoming a Foster home:

Becoming a MHSPA Member

Why should you become a member?

- Receive regular updates, our Annual Report, and e-news

- Shows that you are committed to the work we do and have an interest in hearing from us

- As a member, you are invited to our Annual General Meeting and are the only ones who can vote on issues affecting the organization (must be over age 18 to vote; one 1 member of a Family Membership may vote)

Want to sign up as a member? Signing up is very simple - just complete the form below:

Wishlist

In addition to cash donations, the Medicine Hat SPCA is currently in need of the following supplies to help keep our animals warm, fed, clean and happy.  Please consider donating any of the materials listed below. For a printer-friendly version of this list, please Click Here

If you would prefer, we also have an Amazon Wish List for you to order from online!

  • Dawn Dish soap
  • Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Rubber Gloves, Exam Gloves
  • Paper Towels, Toilet Paper
  • Aerosol Air Fresheners
  • Broom and dust pans
  • Large and Small Garbage Bags
  • Sandwich Ziplock Bags
  • Royal Canin Dry Dog, Cat, Puppy and Kitten Food
  • Wood Pellets (for Cat/Bunny Litter)
  • Cat Toys
  • Dog Toys & Bones
  • Cat Collars (break away)
  • Dog Collars and Leashes
  • Sticky Note Pads (any size)
  • Photocopy Paper (8.5 x 11)
  • Envelopes (Letter size and window)
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Canadian Tire Money
  • Hardware Store Gift Cards
  • Grocery Store or Costco Gift Cards

Other Ways to Help

SPECIAL PROJECT SUGGESTIONS

The MHSPCA Adopt-A-Pet Facility has long played a vital role in the Community of Medicine Hat. There are many ways for groups and individuals to help us serve animals.

Project Ideas

Hold a Fundraiser to benefit the MHSPCA. Financial donations allow us to use your donation where it is most needed, whether it is to provide emergency medical treatment to an injured animal, buy supplies or take in homeless animals. Some groups have held book and bake sales, car washes, dog shows and BBQs for our benefit; the possibilities are endless. Be creative and see what your group can do!

Organize a Supply Drive to collect the things we need most. Our shelter is always in need of certain supplies. Visit our website for a current “wish list” (under “Support” and “Donate”) of items we need most. You can focus your collections drive on specific items we need (such as towels and blankets) or ask members of your community to donate any item on the list.

Make Blankets to keep cats cozy. Cut out a piece of double-sided fleece that is 24-36 inches square (exact size is not important). For a thicker blanket, stack two squares of fleece and sew the edges together.

Make Toys to entertain cats. Decorate empty plastic eggs or ping pong balls with permanent markers. These simple rolling toys are popular entertainment for shelter cats!

Make Chew Toys for rabbits and guinea pigs. Stuff empty toilet paper tubes with Timothy hay (available at pet stores). Our rabbits and guinea pigs will enjoy these tasty chewing treats!

Recycle Things in your Home to Help the Animals:

  • Bring us your old towels and blankets. We can put them to use for bedding, grooming and cleaning up around our shelter.
  • Collect shredded office paper, which is used for small animal cages. Please note we cannot use cross-cut shredded paper – only the kind with long, straight strips. We also cannot use shredded paper which may contain staples!
  • Save empty cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towels. They make good chew toys for rabbits and guinea pigs, and shelters for little critters like gerbils and hamsters.
  • Clean plastic shopping bags are used by our dog walkers for cleanup outdoors.

Donated items can be brought to the customer service counter at the Adopt-A-Pet Facility during regular business hours. No appointment is necessary.

For more information about special projects, or to schedule a tour, please contact the MHSPCA at 403-526-7722.

Pennies for Pets Campaign

Have you brought in your unwanted pennies yet? If not, there is still time. Bring your unwanted pennies to the shelter and support our "Pennies for Pets' campaign.

Canadian Tire Money

Have you brought in your unwanted Canadian Tire Money yet. Come down to the shelter today and donate all of your old Canadian Tire money. We use the Canadian Tire money to buy cleaning supplies, office supplies and more!

Donate A Car!

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for Medicine Hat SPCA. You can donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or any other vehicle to the Medicine Hat SPCA. Free towing is provided in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy for you to support the Medicine Hat SPCA.

Donate My Car...

Purchase a kuranda bed for the shelter

Thank you to our Donors and Sponsors

We would not be in operation if it wasn't for the support and generous donations of the following businesses and foundations!

animal medical centre south

For providing veterinary care for our rabbits, at discounted rates.

AVARA LANDSCAPING AND POO PATROL

For maintaining our dog play areas at no cost.

CANFEL FOUNDATION

For their 2018 grant towards our Rescue & Rehabilitation Program.

cathy J. richards, family, friends, and dogs foundation

For their 2018 grant towards rural spay neuter initiatives.

CHAT TV & REMAX

Chat TV & REMAX have graciously sponsored a daily segment showcasing our animals available for adoption.

city of medicine hat

For funding the Low Cost Spay Neuter Program and Humane Education Program for many years!

CROSSROADS ANIMAL HOSPITAL

For providing veterinary care for our animals, at discounted rates.

CYPRESS VIEW VET CLINIC

For providing veterinary care for our animals, at discounted rates.

four feet companion foundation

For providing funding for our Rural Low Cost Spay Neuter Program and Rescue & Rehabilitation Program in 2017.

LES' DRAIN CLEANING

Les has donated his time to clean our drains (no small feat!) since we moved to our current building in 1994.

MEDICINE HAT SHOPPER

The Shopper has donated a full page ad every month for many years in an effort to help us find homes for our animals.

MUTTLEY CREW

For providing grooming services for our animals in care.

pet heaven memorial gardens & crematorium

For providing services free of charge.

PETsmarT Medicine hat

For partnering with us to showcase adoptable cats in their store for many years!

Petsmart charities of canada

For their 2018 grant towards rural spay neuter initiatives.

Petland medicine Hat

For partnering with us to showcase adoptable cats in their store.

Gaslamp village media inc.

For providing significantly discounted graphic design and website support.

Praise 93.7 fm

For featuring adoptable pets for us weekly.

SHAW TV

Who feature adoptable animals for the MHSPCA on a regular basis, and produce the monthly 'Critter Care' segment for us.

sun valley honda

Sun Valley Honda sponsors a weekly Pet Feature in the Friday edition of the Medicine Hat News, and has done so for several years!

TROPHY WORLD

Who donate all of our kennel/cage sponsorship plaques.