Can You Volunteer at a Dogs Home?

Dogs homes owned by animal charities such as the RSPCA would not be able to provide such good care for their dogs without the help of volunteers.  People who willingly give their time, skills and efforts to help to care for dogs awaiting rehoming are very much in demand.

Depending on the needs of your local charity, if you decided to volunteer to help you might be working in the offices helping with vital marketing and administrative tasks or you might be more hands-on, helping to exercise, groom and feed the dogs. A volunteer for a dogs home can be given hugely varied responsibilities, making each day interesting and challenging – you could be responsible for welcoming visitors and showing them the dogs, talking about each dog’s particular temperament and behaviours.

If you have the time to volunteer and can commit to a regular number of hours per week then you could contact your local RSPCA. They will be able to tell you what opportunities there are at that time in their rescue centres and dogs homes and will speak to you about what sort of work you would like to undertake or feel best suited to doing.

If there is no work available at the dogs home itself, you could consider offering to be a foster carer for a dog or dogs that need looking after before being rehomed.

If you are able to volunteer, the charity will provide training to make sure that you are safe and that all staff are able to care for and deal with the dogs in a consistent manner. You will be taught how to control the dogs and how to socialise them. However, all that training means that charities are only going to be interested in recruiting you if they are certain that you will commit to your role and be able to offer regular help. Sometimes charities have enough volunteers and may not need your help – but volunteers sometimes have to stop for various reasons and so it is very much worth checking for volunteering vacancies on a frequent basis.


So, if you are aged over 18 and want some valuable experience and a worthwhile way to spend your time then contact your local charity to ask about how to get involved as a volunteer. You will have fun, meet new people and gain new skills that can be valuable in other areas of your life. You can, of course, also help to make dogs lives more pleasurable.

This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, jewellery passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Jewllery, Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).

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