See Spot Read Dog Ambassador Team

Organization Details
Organization Name: Winnipeg Humane Society
Address: 45 Hurst Way
Winnipeg MB  R3T 0R3
Website: http://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca
Organizational Description: To protect animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Team up with your dog to be a part of our See Spot Read program which focuses on providing participants with confidence as readers, build on their reading skills, and develop an active continuing interest in reading.

See Spot Read is a dog therapy program that benefits children who are struggling with their confidence when it comes to reading. Dogs are proven to offer a judgment free safe space for students to practice their reading skills. Children read aloud to WHS Behaviour Assessed Dog Ambassadors for 10-week sessions and participate in activities designed to boost their enjoyment of using literacy skills. The students spend half of the hour reading and the other half doing a fun literacy-based activity. When they participate at our shelter location, they also get to see what we do at the Winnipeg Humane Society to help animals and they even get to read to the cats. We offer a unique and positive way for students to improve their reading skills, and it has been proven successful year after year.

In addition, our experience is that this program impacts the students comfort levels around dogs and other animals and creates a humane connection between students and pets. Creating this bond in our program will extend into the student's everyday lives, creating humane animal advocates and fantastic pet parents for the future.
Skills Required: - Must complete an in-person interview
- Must provide a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check (WHS will reimburse upon receipt of successful checks)
- Dog must have a behaviour assessment from our team and be approved
- Very outgoing and friendly with a high level of skills working with children
- Polite and professional individual who is neat and tidy
- Desire to become educated on the society's mission, programs and services
- Must be willing to commit to a minimum of one weekly session for a full 10 week season

Dogs must meet these criteria:
- Accepting of a friendly stranger
- Sit calmly for petting
- Walk on a loose leash
- Walk through a crowd (including wheelchairs)
- Sit on command/staying in place
- React well to another dog or to distractions (noise, jogger, etc.)
- React well with physical contact that they cannot see (reaching from behind, side, etc. if their vision is blocked)
- React well with crowds
Skills Gained/Related Careers: WHAT WE OFFER
- Complimentary Behaviour Assessment
- Flexibility in choosing the season(s) you would like to volunteer
- WHS Dog Ambassador Tee
- WHS branded dog leash
- WHS branded dog harness
- WHS branded dog bandana
- WHS branded cinch bag
- $100 honorarium for completion of full 10 week season with no absences
- Rewarding work in allowing youth a safe, non-judgemental space to read to dogs and build on their literacy skills

TRAINING
-Explanation and training for the See Spot Read will happen prior to beginning your first shift
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime
Must have a dog to volunteer in this volunteer opportunity.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Evaluation
Supervision
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Online: www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/see-spot-read-dog-ambassador-form/
Closing Date: Nov 20, 2020