How You Can Help

Volunteering at the DSPCA

Do you love animals? Are you looking for fun volunteer work that will make a difference, be meaningful, rewarding and fulfilling?

If so, we want to meet you! The DSPCA relies on a team of dedicated, hard working and committed volunteers who help us care for all of our animals.

There are many ways to volunteer for the DSPCA:

Check out the requirements and opportunities for Regular Volunteering at the DSPCA

If you can't commit to doing a minimum of 8 hours every month then check out our Periodic Volunteering Opportunities.

Please Note:

  • If you are looking to do School Work Experience you will need to contact our education team, read more on School Work Experience here.
  • You must have transportation directly to our rescue and rehoming centre. All bus routes only come within 1/2 to 2 miles from our rescue and rehoming centre and there are no footpaths on and leading up to Mount Venus Road so for the safety of our volunteers we ask that volunteers either drive themselves or get a lift directly to the centre. 
  • For insurance purposes all volunteers must be 16 years old or older.  We cannnot take any volunteers who are under 16 even with adult supervision.
  • New Health & Safety regulations require anyone working in Animal Welfare must have a current Tetanus shot so all new volunteers must be up to date with their Tetanus requirements before they can start volunteering at the centre.

If you are interested in Volunteering and after you have read our Regular & Periodic Volunteering Information, the first step is to register.  You can find the link to register online on each of our Regular & Periodic Volunteering Information pages.

As soon as vacacies arise we will be in contact with you to let you know when an orientation session is planned. We do volunteer orientations every two - three months so please keep an eye out for an email invitation.  If you don't hear back from us immediately don't worry we will be in touch as the centre needs and appreciates all our potential volunteers.
The orientation is the first step in volunteering and involves a 2 hour session. You will go on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn first-hand about the work that we do, our policies, procedures and the specific opportunities that are available to volunteers. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and to decide if volunteering is something that you would really like to do.   

If the shift hours, the location or the job descriptions listed here are not suitable for you there are a variety of other ways you can help the DSPCA, check out How You Can Help.  

We are also looking for Foster Homes for Kittens & Puppies, if you are interested in short term fostering check out Foster Programme.


A way in which employers can show their sense of social responsibility, by positively encouraging their staff to volunteer; for example, some companies allow staff to undertake a certain amount of voluntary work during office hours and in some cases match-funding staff fundraising initiatives.  Ask your company do they have an employer supported volunteer programme.




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