Kennel Support Volunteer - Old Windsor

  • Reference:Kennel Support Volunteer - Old Windsor
  • Location:
    Old Windsor
  • Department:Volunteering
  • Posts available:8
  • Salary:£0
  • Full/Part time:Volunteer
  • Contract type:
  • Closing date:Sunday, February 24, 2019

Please consider the following very carefully before applying: 

In this role you will come into contact with dogs that may be put to sleep due to behavioural reasons, on medical grounds or due to the dog being classed as an illegal breed under the legislation governing the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. Please consider this carefully before submitting your application.

We also ask that you only apply for this role if you are available to commit to all the dates in the recruitment stream below:

Assessment Day: Wednesday 6 March - 10.00am to 12:30pm

Induction and Training Day: Tuesday 12 March - 8.45am to 4:45pm

The day of your first shift: During the week commencing 18 March 2019

Why does Battersea Old Windsor need Kennel Support Volunteers (KSVs)?

This volunteer role is to provide vital support to our animal welfare staff in maintaining the health and welfare of dogs in Battersea Old Windsor’s Sweeney Kennels. This block has a mixture of dogs that are both assessed (ready to be rehomed), and those that have just arrived, been returned or are still undergoing assessment. This volunteer role is required for the area of this block that houses dogs undergoing assessment. 

As a KSV, you will make a huge difference to the lives of the dogs that come into Battersea, either as strays or from people who are no longer able to care for their animals.  It takes time for dogs to settle in when they first arrive at the Home, and our KSVs play an essential role in supporting our staff to decrease stress levels as we begin the process of finding out about these dogs and maintaining them in the kennel environment.  It is an excellent opportunity to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of animal behaviour and training, and a chance to apply, learn and expand a wide range of skills.

How much time do I need to commit?

The requirement of this role is for one day per week (the same day), for a minimum of 6 months, from 8am – 4pm.

What will I be doing?

  • Assisting in cleaning throughout the kennel block according to the Home’s hygiene guidelines
  • Preparing meals for the dogs, washing up
  • Helping to replenish stock of food, blankets and toys
  • Ensuring that all dogs are provided with clean dry bedding by helping with the laundry
  • Performing in-kennel enrichment sessions to alleviate stress
  • Reporting any health or behaviour observations
  • Carrying out relevant additional duties as required

What attributes are we looking for?

  • Adequate physical fitness to carry out the duties associated with this role e.g. scrubbing kennels.  This roles involves spending 8 hours primarily on your feet, including walking, bending over, crouching and some lifting, as well as exposure to animals and some potential food allergens.
  • Strong interest in animal welfare, along with an understanding of animals within the rescue environment
  • Ability to take instruction, as well as good verbal and written communication skills
  • Positive, enthusiastic and self-motivated, whether working independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a busy, sometimes stressful and emotive environment
  • Empathetic when dealing with others

What support will I get?

You will be mentored by the Rehoming & Welfare Assistants (RWAs) and Team Leaders working in the kennels, and receive on-going training from Battersea’s Canine Behaviour and Training Advisors (CBTAs).

Additional support will be provided by the Volunteer Department.

Where will I be volunteering?

Volunteering will take place in the Intake Kennels at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (Old Windsor Centre)

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for this role please click here to complete our online application form. The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 24 February 2019.  We reserve the right to close recruitment early subject to a high volume of applications. 

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