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Volunteering at Community Standards

Off-Leash Ambassador Program

We are currently recruiting volunteers to participate in the Off-Leash Ambassador program, a pilot project that began in the Egerts and Bowmont Parks off-leash areas.

Off-Leash Ambassador Call for Volunteers

We are now expanding to all quadrants of the city and need ambassadors city-wide. Volunteers in the program will:

  • Promote responsible pet ownership, positive pet interactions and safety in off-leash areas through the provision of information and demonstrations.
  • Answer questions regarding Calgary’s bylaws in off-leash areas.
  • Act as positive role models in off-leash parks in terms of adhering with Calgary’s bylaws. 
  • Provide an avenue for citizens to express concerns and pass along concerns to City staff.
  • Promote the work of Animal & Bylaw Services and the services available at the Animal Services Centre, such as animal adoption and licensing.

If you are interested in volunteering with this program, please register online.

As part of the Off-Leash Ambassador program, Community Standards is offering new volunteers an orientation and training program that covers volunteering for The City of Calgary, the Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw review by our officers and an animal behaviour and safety session from a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT). All volunteers will be contacted with the schedule of available training.

Community Involvement

Benefits for volunteers

  • Gain knowledge and experience in community revitalization.
  • Become a role model in the community.
  • Help promote and maintain healthy neighbourhoods.

Benefits for neighbourhoods

  • Proactively engage residents to prevent crime.
  • Increase safety and cleanliness.
  • Bring residents together to enhance community cohesion and responsibility.

PAWS Pal animal socialization program

Volunteers with the PAWS Pal program​ help socialize the adoptable cats and dogs sheltered at the Animal Services Centre.


PAWS Pal volunteers have the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the cats and dogs awaiting adoption at the Animal Services Centre. The benefit is mutual: the volunteer receives learning opportunities, contributes to the wellbeing of the cats and dogs, and has fun doing it. In turn, the cats and dogs will be less stressed, better socialized and more adoptable.

Applying to volunteer for the PAWS Pal Program

Thank you for your interest in the PAWS Pal Program and the welfare of the cats and dogs at The City of Calgary Animal Services Centre.

Currently, we have enough volunteers to assist us with the cats and dogs. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Community Standards.