Be a Volunteer & Work in Animal Welfare | RSPCA - RSPCA
Volunteer for us
Volunteering for us is one enjoyable way of helping animal welfare and can be very rewarding.
How do I volunteer?
Take a look at our latest opportunities on offer, both in your local area and based from home. You can apply straight away through our volunteering portal.
Don't worry if you can't find a suitable vacancy right now. The website is updated regularly, so keep checking for new vacancies and you are sure to find something that interests you. If you have accessibility requirements please email us for support.
Once shortlisted you'll be invited to an informal chat and for some roles, you'll need to provide two references, these could be from an employer, community member or friend but not a family member. Once you start volunteering you'll follow a training and induction programme to learn all the skills you need for the role.
We can't do it without you
Volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we do to prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate the suffering of animals.
With such a wide range of volunteering roles available across our network of branches and animal and wildlife centres, there is bound to be a suitable opportunity near you.
What will I gain?
Volunteering with us is a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same enthusiasm for animal welfare. There are lots of other benefits too, such as:
- gaining new skills or developing existing ones
- the chance to try out something new
- doing something useful and rewarding
- gaining a sense of achievement
- putting something back into the community
- developing your personal skills and confidence
As a volunteer, you can gain important transferable skills in fundraising, campaigning, finance, team building, management, computers, and administration - the list is endless.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone can volunteer. We value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community.
Unfortunately, there are limited opportunities for anyone who is under 16 years of age and some restrictions apply in relation to opportunities for those under 18. If you can't find a volunteering opportunity why not consider having some fun fundraising for us instead?
How much time will I have to give?
There are many ways you can help us make a difference, no matter how much time you have available or the level of commitment you can afford to give.
Search our volunteer opportunities to find your perfect volunteer role - your time can make a real difference to animal welfare.
Read our full volunteering guidelines.
Our charity events
We've plenty of events to choose from including open days, microchipping days, fetes, local fundraising events and more.
Fundraise for animals
Ready for a challenge? Enter one of our events, choose your own challenge or get creative and host your own event!
Foster an animal
Foster an animal
Fostering an animal can help them recover from neglect, abuse, illness or injury. These are the first steps towards finding a new, loving forever home.
Volunteers' Week (1-7 June) is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.
Campaign for animal welfare
We aim to prompt political and behavioural change on a range of animal welfare-related issues.