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.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the DSPCA. At present we are not accepting new volunteers but please do check back again soon.


Volunteer with us!

Volunteering in our Cattery is the perfect choice for cat lovers! Our volunteers assist with cleaning of the cat pods, feeding, socialising and grooming of the cats and kittens. The role is mainly working indoors.

Dog Rehoming

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You will be working with the dogs who are waiting to be adopted. Assisting with cleaning of the kennels, walking the dogs on our perimeter walk and providing enrichment and lots of playtime.

Dog Rehabilitation

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Volunteering with the dogs in our rehabilitation unit is a hugely rewarding experience as you will be helping those dogs through the recovery process, ensuring they get lots of tlc, walks and socialising.

DSPCA Events

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We love events and throughout the year we take part in events in the Dublin area and also on site at our shelter in Rathfarnham. Our volunteers simply make all our events possible! There is always lots to help out with including bringing dogs to events, selling raffle tickets, telling people about our work and most importantly having fun!

Small Animals

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We have lots of small animals in our care including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamster, snakes, birds and more… Volunteers assist with cleaning of their pods, feeding and socialising.

Farm Animals

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Our pigs, goats, ducks and geese are always a big hit with the visitors. They do need a lot of care and lots of cleaning which our volunteers assist with.


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Supporting our Equine manager, volunteers help in the stable yard mucking out, feeding, watering and grooming the horses in our care.  Experience of horses would be necessary for this role.

Becoming A DSPCA Volunteer
  • For insurance purposes, all volunteers must be 18 years old or older.
  • Garda Vetting is compulsory for anyone volunteering at DSPCA.
  • Due to our location public transport is limited so you must have transport to and from then 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 once off payment & includes Garda vetting fee, volunteer t-shirt, ID badge, and 10% discount at the DSPCA on-site shop.

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.


Corporate Volunteering 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: 10.30am – 2.00pm
  • Groups size: 14 people maximum
  • Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays only
  • Tea/Coffee and snacks provided
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the day
  • Donation €750
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Corporate 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.

  • Duration 6 Hours
  • Tuesday only
  • Maximum capacity 18 people
  • Tea/Coffee snacks & full lunch and refreshments provided.
  • Full Meeting Room and facilities available
  • Certificate of completion
  • Donation €2,000
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