Volunteer With Us

Due to experiencing a high volume of applicants, we are unable to respond to everybody individually. Please complete the application form and we will contact you when a position becomes available. We will keep all applications on file for 12months.

Who can apply?

Almost anyone! The only restriction we place is minimum age, for health and safety reasons. We can accommodate a small number of youngsters aged 10-15, but they must be accompanied by an adult volunteer at all times (please complete a form for the accompanying adult too). The minimum age for unaccompanied volunteers is 16. We do our best to accommodate all requests to volunteer, but we have to ensure we can provide an appropriate level of supervision and this may limit the number of younger volunteers or those with more intensive supervision needs that we can accommodate at any one time. If this is the case at the time you apply, you will be informed, and placed on a waiting list.

*Please note that, due to Health and Safety reasons, there is a minimum age requirement of 18 years for those volunteers wishing to work with the dogs.

Unfortunately we cannot take Duke of Edinburgh placements as we are unable to offer sufficient hours to meet the requirements.

What do volunteers do?

We welcome volunteers to be involved in all aspects of our work, including:

Animal care

This includes cleaning, grooming, feeding, socialising and exercising our animals.


Organising an event or activity to raise funds, helping at an event and organising collections.


Helping maintain our site and buildings, including repairs and gardening.

How much time do I need to commit?

The time our volunteers give varies enormously, from several days per week to half a day once a month. We can accommodate most arrangements, although we do ask you to try to stick to the hours we agree, and, importantly, to let us know in advance if you are unable to attend, so we can make arrangements for another volunteer to cover. We ask that all volunteers commit a minimum of 3 months.

Due to an existing relationship with a local education agency, we are unable to accommodate individual requests for work experience placements over Summer..