Passionate About Animals Since 1840

Volunteering

Please note: For people under 18 years of age a parental consent form is needed for the Garda Vetting Form aswell, this is printed on the back of the above PDF form. Additionally, all volunteers must attend an orientation morning, these are typically run every two weeks on a Saturday or Wednesday, there is one run on the first Saturday of each month (excluding January).

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID 19 WE REGRETABLY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING NEW VOLUNTEERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

For further information;
contact us at volunteer@dspca.ie

 

Volunteering

The DSPCA as a charity 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.

  • 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 limited footpaths leading to the shelter.
  • For insurance purposes, all volunteers must be 16 years old or older. We cannot 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.

Corporate Volunteering

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 active in the fresh air. It is a hugely rewarding experience and increases staff morale and wellbeing.

OPTION 1 – VOLUNTEER IN OUR RESCUE CENTER

Your team will work directly with our dogs and cats in the rehabilitation and adoption areas. This involves taking the dogs on our nature and perimeter walk, giving them quality time away from their daily routine and ensuring they get lots of cuddles and TLC!

  • Duration 3.5 hours: 9.30am – 1.00pm 
  • Groups size: 12 people maximum 
  • Weekdays: Thursday and Fridays only 
  • Tea/Coffee and snacks provided
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the day & DSPCA wristband 
  • Donation €350 

 

OPTION 2 – ON-SITE MEETING & TEAMBUILDING DAY

Some of our corporate teams have chosen this option for sales meetings, board meetings, away days and CSR planning days. This option is aimed at departments or teams within organisations, who wish to hold an off-site meeting and incorporate some team building into the day. The team building element is focused around engaging and socialising with our shelter animals. Your team will assist the shelter by walking our dogs around our nature perimeter walk and our wetland pathways.

Ctd.

  • Duration 6 Hours 
  • Weekdays – Monday, Wednesday and Friday only 
  • Maximum capacity 20 people 
  • Tea/Coffee snacks & full lunch and refreshments provided. 
  • DSPCA ECO coffee cup 
  • Certificate of completion 
  • Donation €1,250 

To book your corporate volunteer day, please email corporate@dspca.ie

DUE TO COVID 19, THE DSPCA HAVE SUSPENDED THE CORPORATE VOLUNTEER PROGAMME UNTIL 2021.  IF YOU HAVE A QUERY IN RELATION TO A 2020 BOOKING, PLEASE EMAIL SUZANNE.MCGOVERN@DSPCA.IE

Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting is now compulsory for anyone volunteering at the DSPCA; as a result, the application process can typically take 2-3 weeks to complete. We cannot submit the application for Garda Vetting until we have:

Completed Volunteer Application Form
Proof of ID
Payment of the Garda Vetting Fee (€ 5.00)