Shelter Building Workshops

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We hold our shelter building workshops throughout the fall and winter season.  The shelters we build are made available to caretakers and colonies in need. The workshops are also a great venue for caretakers to network with others in the animal rescue and TNR community.   

Since we started in 2010 we’ve built 6,732 shelters!

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ChangingTheWayWeWork

With COVID-19 we’ve had to adapt our Shelter Building Workshops to ensure the safety of our volunteers.  So please carefully read our updated protocols/registration process, below.  

QUICK SUMMARY OF CHANGES: 

We will be starting mid October and run every Saturday from 9am – noon.

At each workshop we’ll be greatly limiting the number of volunteers and will be executing only ONE step in the process of making the shelters. 

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PROTOCOLS/REGISTRATION 

VOLUNTEER PROTOCOLS

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR:  We expect our volunteers to engage in an appropriate manner with each other and with the Toronto Humane Society staff;  we reserve the right to ask a volunteer to leave and not return if any of their words or actions demonstrate otherwise.

VOLUNTEER LIMIT:  Each workshop is capped at 10 volunteers

AGE LIMIT: All participants must be 18 years of age or older

CARBON FOOTPRINT:  At each workshop we provide pitchers of water but ask that everyone bring their own reusable water bottle.

COVID PROTOCOLS

Toronto Humane Society’s COVID-19 Questionnaire

  • The MORNING OF EVERY workshop you attend, you’ll be required to answer a handful of COVID related questions via an online form 
  • You can fill it in via your desktop computer or SmartPhone (no app required)
  • CLICK HERE for the online questionnaire you will need to submit
  • THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS ON THE FORM:  Please review them before signing up.  If you answer yes to any you will not be allowed to attend the workshop

Are you currently experiencing 1 or more of the following symptoms?
– Fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher)
– Chills
– Cough that’s new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
– Barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
– Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
– Sore throat
– Difficulty swallowing
– Runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
– Stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes)
– Lost sense of taste or smell
– Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
– Headache (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
– Digestive Issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
– Muscle aches
– Extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
– Falling down often
– For young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite

Are you in 1 or more of the following ‘At-risk’ groups?
– 70 years of age or older
– Getting treatment that compromises (weakens) your immune system (for example,
chemotherapy, medication for transplants, corticosteroids, TNF inhibitors)
– Having a condition that compromises (weakens) your immune system (for example, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, other autoimmune disorder)
– Having a chronic (long-lasting) health condition (for example, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, heart condition)
– Regularly going to a hospital or health care setting for a treatment (for example, dialysis, surgery, cancer treatment)

Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

In the last 14 days, have you been in close physical contact* with someone who:
• Tested positive for COVID-19,
• Is currently sick with a new cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, or
• Returned from outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks?
*Close physical contact means:
• speaking with someone less than 2 metres away for over 15 minutes
• being in the same room or workspace for over 15 minutes
• living in the same home

“Volunteering at THS during COVID-19”:

  • Everyone will be required to read this short document 
  • Please read in advance before attending the workshop
  • CLICK HERE to review the document

Toronto Humane Society COVID-19 Volunteer Acknowledgement and Waiver:     

  • Everyone will be required to sign one (only once)
  • Please read in advance before signing up for a workshop 
  • We will have a printed version for you to sign at the workshop 
  • CLICK HERE to review the form

Toronto Humane Society Volunteer Service Agreement:

  • Even if you have signed one before you will need to sign this new version
  • Please read in advance before signing up for a workshop
  • We will have a printed version for you to sign at the workshop
  • CLICK HERE to review the form

“Toronto Humane Society – Infection Control COVID-19 Update” video:

  • Everyone will be required to watch a short video from Toronto Humane Society before attending the workshop 
  • The link to the video will be emailed to you within a few days after you sign up
  • It will be sent from “Toronto Humane Society Training Portal” with the Subject “Your account for Toronto Humane Society Training Portal is ready!”
    • If you don’t see it in your inbox please check  your SPAM/JUNK folder and contact us asap if you still don’t see it
  • How to view the video:  Once you receive the link to the video, if you are unsure how to access it, CLICK HERE for a super easy step by step “how to” 

Masks:   must be worn as soon as you enter the premises and for the duration of the workshop

Hand Sanitizer:  will be available at all workshops (you will be required to sanitize your hands as soon as you arrive)

Social Distancing:  

  • Volunteers will be required to work 6 feet apart from each other
  • We will have “traffic flows” (ie arrows on the ground) to keep people from running into each other

Snacks/Lunch:  Unfortunately we won’t be able to provide snacks/lunch anymore (feel free to bring your own!)

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LOCATION

The garage of the Toronto Humane Society (11 River Street, Toronto, at the North/East corner of River and Queen St E.). Click here for a map of the location.

To get to the garage: 

  • Go to the back of the building, and enter the “caged” door to the right of the garage door (it will be propped open and have a “Toronto Street Cats” sign on it)
  • You will no longer be able to access the garage through the lobby of the Toronto Humane Society 

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Registration (main heading for volunteers)

Everyone is required to register in advance.  See dates/registration below.

  • Because of the limited number of volunteers we can accommodate please only sign up if you truly intend to join (thanks!)
  • If you have to cancel please email us at tnrths@gmail.com
  • All workshops are from 9am – Noon  
    • We ask that if you sign up please remain for the full 3 hours

IF WE NEED TO CANCEL ANY WORKSHOPS DUE TO COVID RELATED CHANGES TO CITY OF TORONTO GUIDELINES WE WILL CONTACT VOLUNTEERS ASAP 

Registration (Oct31) Century Gothic 24 pt

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Registration (Nov7) Century Gothic 24 pt

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Registration (Nov14) Century Gothic 24 pt

At this workshop volunteers will:

  • Trace/Cut Durofoam pieces < primary task
    • Volunteers must be comfortable using a utility knife
  • Tape Durofoam pieces to inside of plastic tote < if time allows
  • CLICK HERE for full description of tasks
  • More tasks may be added depending on speed that volunteers complete the tasks listed above

Volunteer registration form for this workshop will be enabled week of Oct25

Registration (Nov21) Century Gothic 24 pt

At this workshop volunteers will:

  • Tape Durofoam pieces to inside of plastic tote < primary task
  • Tape plastic tubes to entrance of shelter < if time allows
  • CLICK HERE for full description of tasks
  • More tasks may be added depending on speed that volunteers complete the tasks listed above

Volunteer registration form for this workshop will be enabled week of Nov1

Registration (Nov28) Century Gothic 24 pt

At this workshop volunteers will:

  • Tape plastic tubes to entrance of shelter and
  • Fill shelters with straw 
  • CLICK HERE for full description of tasks
  • More tasks may be added depending on speed that volunteers complete the tasks listed above

Volunteer registration form for this workshop will be enabled week of Nov8

Registration (Dec5) Century Gothic 24 pt

At this workshop volunteers will:

  • Trace/Cut Durofoam pieces < primary task
    • Volunteers must be comfortable using a utility knife
  • Tape Durofoam pieces to inside of plastic tote < if time allows
  • CLICK HERE for full description of tasks
  • More tasks may be added depending on speed that volunteers complete the tasks listed above

Volunteer registration form for this workshop will be enabled week of Nov15

Registration (Dec12) Century Gothic 24 pt

At this workshop volunteers will:

  • Tape Durofoam pieces to inside of plastic tote < primary task
  • Tape plastic tubes to entrance of shelter < if time allows
  • CLICK HERE for full description of tasks
  • More tasks may be added depending on speed that volunteers complete the tasks listed above

Volunteer registration form for this workshop will be enabled week of Nov22

Registration (Dec19) Century Gothic 24 pt

At this workshop volunteers will:

  • Tape plastic tubes to entrance of shelter and
  • Fill shelters with straw 
  • CLICK HERE for full description of tasks
  • More tasks may be added depending on speed that volunteers complete the tasks listed above

Volunteer registration form for this workshop will be enabled week of Nov29

Registration JAN2021 Century Gothic 24 pt

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