As a charity, the DSPCA is supported and enhanced by the efforts of our dedicated volunteer base. From animal care roles to dog walkers, education talks and tours, administrative duties and events, we ensure that our volunteers are involved in all aspects of our work and are valued in everything they do. Our volunteers are a critical part of the day to day operations of the DSPCA. We are incredibly proud of our volunteer programme and the contributions made by our volunteers, and we greatly appreciate your willingness to join us and donate your time and expertise. Scroll down to find how to become a DSPCA volunteer.

 Becoming A DSPCA Volunteer

We are very excited to welcome back new and existing volunteers. Please read the following information required in becoming a DSPCA volunteer.

  • For insurance purposes, all volunteers must be 16 years old or older.
  • Garda Vetting is compulsory for anyone volunteering at the DSPCA.
  • Due to our location public transport is limited so you must have transport to and from the shelter. 
  • New Health & Safety regulations require anyone working in Animal Welfare must have a current Tetanus shot.
  • DSPCA Volunteer Registration/Garda Vetting - €30. This is a once off payment & includes Garda vetting fee, volunteer t-shirt, ID badge, and 10% discount at the DSPCA on-site shop.

If you are interested in volunteering with the DSPCA, the first step is to complete an application form. Applicants will then be invited to attend an information seminar and shelter tour. 

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 Corporate Volunteering

2023 Corporate Volunteer Days now FULLY BOOKED

The DSPCA works with many companies across different sectors who take part in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team building and volunteer days. They take place every week at our site, located in the Dublin mountains. The DSPCA is a popular choice for companies as it allows staff to give back to the community by doing something meaningful and what is personally of value to them. Staff get to work hands-on with the animals, be outdoors and be active in the fresh air. It is a hugely rewarding experience and increases staff morale and wellbeing. Please note that due to popularity, dates get booked up quickly and we cannot guarantee availability.  Our corporate days take place Thursdays and Fridays only and run from 9.30am to 1.00PM.

For more information and to enquire about booking, please email Becky on corporate@dspca.ie