Rabbit Care Assistant

Do you love Rabbits?

We rely on a large team of volunteers to clean, feed and socialise with the rabbits on a daily basis.

Skills and experience required

Enthusiastic and pro-active – Reliable – Willingness to get stuck in – Ability to work independently and as part of a team – Passion for Rabbits and interest in Rabbit welfare

How this helps the SAA

In 2015 the SAA rescued and rehomed just under 200 unwanted or abandoned animals and we could not achieve this without our team of volunteers. All our Rabbits are micro-chipped, neutered and vaccinated, and we carry out home visits to all potential adopters.  Rabbit assistants work to ensure our Rabbits have a healthy and happy environment whilst in our care.

What does this role involve?

Morning role: (9:30am until 12noon)

  • Cleaning out the pens;
  • emptying litter trays, wiping down the floor and walls
  • Ensuring the Rabbits are fed and watered
  • Keeping the inside and outside of the Rabbit units clean and tidy
  • Ensuring supplies of cleaning equipment, food etc are kept stocked up
  • Socialising with the Rabbits; stroking them, keeping them company
  • Observing the Rabbits behaviour and reporting any changes or concerns to SAA staff.
  • *Please be aware this role involves a lot of bending and lifting and may not be suitable for people with back or knee problems.

Afternoon role: (core hours are usually 2:30pm until 4pm)

  • Feeding the Rabbits their afternoon greens
  • Ensuring supplies of cleaning equipment, food etc are kept stocked up
  • Socialising with the Rabbits; stroking them, keeping them company – Bunnies need company, some are confident when they arrive and enjoy a fuss, some are scared and need time to get used to people. Some have company of another bunny but others are alone and need some human company.
  • Observing the Rabbits behaviour and reporting any changes or concerns to SAA staff
  • Grooming if appropriate (under guidance of the animal care staff)

Time commitment required?

Morning role: must be onsite by 9.30am; usually finished by 12.

Afternoon role: the afternoon greens are given at 3pm; we ask volunteers to be onsite from at least 2.30pm until 4.00pm to do this but otherwise times are flexible.

Some volunteers help every day, some once a week and some once a month. All we ask is that once you confirm your availability, you honour that commitment to enable us to ensure the rota is adequately filled. We can be flexible and accommodate shift workers who may have differing days off each week.

Weekend volunteers are asked to come in every three weeks.

It is vital that volunteers turn up regularly and on time, notifying the SAA in advance of any absence. Failure to turn up may have a negative impact on the care and welfare of the charity’s animals, and repeated absences will result in you being asked to leave.

How will we support you?

Your contact will be the animal care staff, who will provide you with support, information, guidance and direction. You will receive an induction into the workings of the charity and the Rabbit unit, to ensure you are familiar with our cleaning and feeding practices and policies. You will be introduced to other volunteers who also care for the Rabbits, although there may be times when you are working on your own.

What you can gain from volunteering with the SAA?

  • Meeting and working with new people
  • Develop existing knowledge or gain new knowledge
  • The experience of using your skills and abilities to help in an animal rescue situation.

Please note, depending on the current number of volunteers, we may not have spaces available on the specific day/hour requested. In these circumstances, your name will be put on a waiting list and we will contact if you if a space becomes available.