Without our volunteers, we couldn't exist!
We need YOU! Could you spare an hour or two to help local animals?
Our work is carried out entirely by volunteers. We couldn’t do the work we do without the wonderful people who give their time for local animals by running and supporting the branch.
Volunteering is really rewarding. You'll be contributing to the care and welfare of local animals and it's a great way of meeting like-minded people. There are a variety of roles available - not all are working directly with the animals, but all are very important for their care.
Please contact us if you are interested in any of the volunteering roles shown below (all volunteers must be aged 18 years or over to meet our insurance requirements). Please note that we are a small charity, so volunteering opportunities for some roles may be limited. You are very welcome to apply anyway, but please understand that we may not be able to offer you your preferred volunteering role.
- Join our fundraising group, Unleash your potential and raise money for the animals you love! Join our fundraising group and take up one of our most sociable volunteer roles - it's a great way to meet people! Give as much or as little time as you can spare, helping us organise and staff fundraising events and activities. We also have a dedicated page for the group on Facebook! You will find yourself involved in all sorts of fun things - rattling collection tins in stores and town centres, manning stalls at local festivals, facilitating dog shows, speaking on the radio or to local groups. And, when we can, there's meetings in the pub or online to plan the next thing in the calendar!! Although you may not be working directly with the animals, the work you do will help more animals than any other type of volunteer work. As a self-financing charity, the more money we can raise, the more animals we can help.
- Walk our dogs. Our volunteer dog walkers are the means by which our kennelled dog can get out of the kennel, take exercise and enjoy the socialisation and affection that all confined dogs need to remain healthy and happy until they can be re-homed to a loving and caring family. For this reason, our dog walkers must be able to commit time on a weekly basis. We do not have an animal centre; instead, we board most of our dogs at private kennels located in Hankelow. These are difficult to get to by bus, so you will need to live nearby or be able to drive there. Dog walking keeps you fit and is a rewarding way to volunteer as the dogs are so pleased to see you, and even more so when a dog's behaviour shows improvement due to the time you've spent with him/her. But be prepared to be out in all weathers, to poop-scoop, to handle excited, energetic dogs and to get mucky from those excited, muddy paws!
- Cuddle our cats. Cats waiting in a pen for their forever home need someone to spend time fussing and talking to them as often as possible to help them to become confident and friendly felines - which, in turn, will improve their chances of finding a home quickly, especially for those cats who are nervous or shy. As a cat socialiser, you will sit with individual cats, stroking, grooming and playing with them. Experience of owning or caring for and handling cats would be an advantage. We do not have an animal centre; instead, we board many of our cats at private kennels located in Hankelow. These are difficult to get to by bus, so you will need to live nearby or be able to drive there. If you are interested in this role, we would like you to be able to commit time on a weekly basis.
- Offer foster care. Fosterers give a vulnerable animal (perhaps due to motherhood, old age, health or anxiety issues) a safe environment in which to thrive while they wait for their forever home. Fosterers may also offer a dog or cat a welcome short-term break from their pen/kennel and the chance for some home comfort. All types of families can foster for us as we would match the animal to the most suitable foster home. Fosterers will experience a change in animals on a regular basis and may not be fostering all the time. We ask that fosterers provide our animals with food, water (and a clean litter tray for cats/rabbits) on a daily basis - and of course lots of cuddles, attention, and training! Fosterers may also have to show the animal to potential adopters (by appointment). Cat and rabbit fosterers would need a spare room to keep the animal separate from any owned pets, but this may not be necessary for dogs. All of the fostered animal's expenses will be covered by us.
- Become a Branch Trustee. Our Branch is managed by a committee of between 7 and 14 volunteer trustees who are elected annually. Without a sufficient number of trustees, there would be no legal way for the Branch to exist as a registered charity, so they are very, very important. The trustees meet on a regular basis (usually monthly, sometimes F2F, sometimes online) to discuss the management of the Branch and its activities. They take agreed actions forward between meetings, communicating and supporting each other mostly by email. We are always keen to recruit new trustees to support the Branch and ensure its continuing existence. There is no financial commitment required. We would particularly benefit from people who have experience in business management, fundraising, or media/public relations who could help us raise public awareness and operate efficiently - but anyone interested in supporting and organising the work that we do is welcome. All trustees must be members of the national RSPCA - you can join online.
Unfortunately, as a volunteer-run branch, we are not able to offer work experience.
You could also have a look at the volunteer pages on the national website if you would like to explore volunteering for the RSPCA more generally.