Animal Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

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Note also that many services are available online to continue to serve the community at this time.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Coquitlam Animal Shelter. We have currently put a hold on our recruitment for new volunteers at the Animal Shelter. This is due to a consistent low number of dogs that are available for adoption. The public is welcome to come and visit with the cats at the Animal Shelter when the Shelter is open to the public.

Animal Shelter Hours: Monday to Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We encourage you to consider other volunteer opportunities within the City of Coquitlam. 

Rescue Readers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rescue Readers program is currently suspended. Please watch this space or our get the latest updates on City facilities, services and programs at

The Rescue Readers program is open to all ages and is a great way to help children practice their reading skills, or for adults to take a break from their busy lives! The Rescue Readers Program is currently available on Sundays from 12-3 p.m. by appointment. There are two options for our visiting readers, you can sit with our adoptable cats or spend time with our small animals. 

We want to remind parents that this is not a drop off program, and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We welcome you to bring your own book, or choose from the selection we have available.

Reading slots are 30 minutes each, starting at 12 p.m. Space is limited to four people, so we don’t overwhelm our animals.

To make an appointment please contact the shelter at 604-927-7386 as space is limited.

Coquitlam Animal Shelter

Phone: 604-927-7387 (604-927-PETS)
Fax: 604-927-7388
500 Mariner Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3K 7B6
(Turn West off Mariner Way on Service Centre Driveway, just North of Austin Avenue)

Coquitlam Bylaw & Animal Services

Phone: 604-927-7387
Fax: 604-927-7388